How to Start Home-based Baking Classes

Do you love baking? Do you often hear a lot of praise from your family and friends for the delectable things that you prepare? If your answer is yes then it means that you understand the art of baking and excel at it too.

Do you often feel that you are wasting time at home? Well, then you can start utilizing your time by holding home baking classes and earn some money every month too. Nowadays, cooking and baking classes have become quite popular as more people are invested in healthy and economical eating and find it better to learn and make dishes than to order them in. So, you can easily earn by teaching baking to other people and pass your time too. Wondering how you can do that?

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Well, this guide will provide you with all the information that you need in this matter.

1. How do you start home baking classes?

Now, the first thing that you might wonder is how exactly to start this business. While a lot of people start their baking classes without proper training or experience, it would bode well for your business if you first took a little training before proceeding.

You can practice by looking at online or magazine recipes or you can actually enroll in baking schools to hone your skills. Once you are confident that you have adequate knowledge on baking, you are all set to open your home baking classes.

2. How much investment is required?

If you want to earn well from your baking classes then you will need to invest properly too. You will need to purchase a few essential baking equipment like mixers, ovens, mixing bowls, etc. and keep a few spare for your students as well.

Apart from that, you need to ensure that you have enough place in your kitchen to teach your students and make sure that you keep your kitchen clean and tidy. A clean and hygienic kitchen is bound to attract more students and will help in making your classes successful. You can get an idea by first starting with a smaller batch of 6-7 students which can include girls, boys, housewives, etc.

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3. How to advertise your baking classes? 

Once you start your bakery or baking classes, you will also need to advertise it in order to lure in more applicants. You can do this by spreading the news among your friends and family, putting up posters and hoardings, sharing content on social media, and so on. Make sure that you make your advertisements attractive and give discount offers to attract more customers.

In the initial days, you might need to keep your fees lower than the rivals so that you can attract more customers but once your reputation spreads around, you will be able to gradually increase the fee and your monthly earnings.

4. How to make your baking class successful?

Finally, you have to make your baking classes interesting and useful so that more customers are persuaded to join them. Use smart tactics like teach them the mentioned recipes and give them something extra, like a few baking tips so that they feel that your baking class is more useful than the others in the market.

Also, include recipes which are healthy or vegan as a lot of people have particular food habits these days. So, incorporating these food particulars will help you in expanding your customer base and will increase your earnings drastically. Mostly, be consistent with your classes and deliver quality content and tools to your students so that the word gets around that your baking class is one of the best in the area.

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Once you do all this, you will get a steady income and will have become a popular baking teacher in your area.

What to look for When Buying a Convection Microwave

The day the convection microwave has come in the market, since then it has become an essential part of the modern household. They are mainly used for baking and can also be used for making pasta, heating, boiling liquids and so on. But before buying one for the house, there are many factors you need to consider so that it fits your daily needs.

What to look for

Visibility: If your convection microwave has a brighter interior light with a large transparent viewing window, what else do you want? It allows you to check your food as it cooks.
Ease of use: If possible buy one that has easy-to-use controls and good instructions on the display. The best ovens won’t require you to open your instruction manuals.
Cleaning: Before you buy your kind of model, first check that there are not too many holes and gaps inside the oven, also no seams or crevices on the outside that can trap food and grease perhaps. It becomes difficult to clean around exposed grill elements, instead of this some models come with a grill element built into the roof. Stainless steel exteriors may look good but they need little extra care. Look for some smooth and easy to clean coatings, in fact, many manufacturers have brought catalytic liners but they have limited coverage.

Size: Buy a microwave in which your dishes can fit very well. There should be proper clearance around the outside of ventilation- at least 5cm at the sides, 10cm at the rear and 15-40cm on the top.
Automatic functions: They induce you to enter the weight and type of food and then calculate the time required with no human control.
Quick boost/start: Usually with the press of a single button your oven starts very quickly. But in most of the microwaves, the cooking time rises up in one or half-minute increments when you press the button again.
Multi-stage cooking: Microwave with this feature can perform multiple functions such as defrost, cook and then leave to stand.

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Some Other Tips

Safety

• Since convection cooking heats up the whole inside of the oven, thus it is important that the appliance is insulated to stop the exterior from becoming super-hot. It has been found that the controls, door glass and handle heat up more than the normal microwave oven. These ovens are way more insulated as compare to the small benchtop toaster ovens.
• When you are using an oven, always take care that while removing the cooked food, keep the oven door away from you as it gets very hot in convection mode and may swing back onto your hand. Always use oven gloves and before you clean the interiors let it cool down first.
• If the oven interior is still hot from convection cooking, try not to use microwave-only cookware in it, as it may get damaged due to the heat.

Cleaning

• Make sure that the oven has become cool before you clean it. The side of the convection microwave gets quite hot after the use as compared to the standard microwaves.
• Avoid using caustic cleaners, abrasives or harsh cleaners. Remember not to spray oven cleaners directly onto any part of the oven.
• Use warm soapy water to clean the interiors. And for stubborn residue, you can use a non-scratch scourer.

Baking tools that are a must in every bakers kitchen

Baking has been my first love for many years now. Whether it’s cakes, muffins or waffles nothing keeps me out of the kitchen and in all these years I have been baking I learned one thing that if you want to be quick and good at it you need plenty of good tools.

Buying stuff randomly won’t make the cut. So here’s a list of all the things that are a must and worth the investment.

Ingredient weighing scale

A common habit of every good baker is to measure each and every ingredient being put into the batter. Measuring ingredients is an important part of baking and helps reduces errors and the simplest way to do so is using a food scale.

They are sleek and will fit anywhere in the kitchen and are very accurate. Leaving to it a chance can give you bizarre results such as burnt or flat cakes etc.

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Hand Beater

An indispensable piece of equipment for every baker is a hand beater but only if your production scale is small. These are usually cheap and easy to store when not in use but for those working on a large scale, I would recommend a stand mixer. I’d also recommend a Keurig k55 for those recipes that need just a dash of espresso.

The best thing you can do is get both but only if affordable. In case you’ve just started out and are looking to gain experience and develop your skills opt only for a medium range hand mixer.

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Oven Thermometer

One of the most underrated tools is an oven thermometer but trust me it will come in more handy than you’d first expect. Until and unless you have a digital oven you can never really be sure of the oven’s temperature.

Whether it is only a 5-10 degree difference it can lead to wastage of tons of hours and money in a matter of minutes. Thermometers are affordable and can be stored simply inside the oven.

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Cooling racks

Like baking the batter at the right temperature is important equally important is cooling it down to the right temperature too. This makes it easier to cream it later on as it tends to hold on better. This is where a cooling rack comes in handy.

Unlike on a counter or the tray itself, on a cooling rack, the food cools down evenly. I have about 10-15 of them but to start off 2-3 should be enough.

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Mixing Bowls and a bunch of spoons

Until and unless you’ve decided to go with a stand mixer you’ll need to buy a set of different sized mixing bowls. These bowls reduce splatter thus save cleaning as well as mixing time and provide you with an even and well-mixed batter.Glass bowls tend to be the best as compared to stainless steel ones but need more care.

Along with these bowls and next most important tools are measuring spoons. Accuracy is a key principle of baking which makes these spoons a must.

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