In pretty much what we do, we always want to have all the things in order. Also, we want each vital thing to be within our arm’s reach when doing our work. In the culinary world, having all the utensils, ingredients, measuring tools and others already prepared is a must. We don’t want to look around for that spatula we forget to prep beforehand, right? Having all the necessary things around you will speed up the process. As well as, saves time from looking for that spatula.
Also, this will make you focus more on the task at hand. Thus, rather than looking for individual utensil during your work. All chefs know the importance of preparation before cooking or baking. And you too should follow their example. Thus, this is a practical and essential technique that will make you more efficient in baking. We have a term for that technique, and we call it “Mise En Place.”
Mise En Place
Fancy name, isn’t it? This French word Mise En Place means “everything in pace” or “putting in place.” And this is a vital technique wherein you need to set up everything in place before cooking. Also, these said ingredients should be measured appropriately. And organized in their portions or bowls as preparation for baking. If required a particular fruit or vegetable, preparing them beforehand is a must.
Mise En Place is not only exclusive to the ingredients. But also utensils are to be prepared ahead as well. Measuring cups, spatulas, whisks, bowls, baking trays and so on should be within arms reach. Or accessible to you. And one vital thing as well for baking, preheating of an oven is a must as a part of the preparation.
Start With The Recipe
Of course, you need to focus first on what the recipe requires primarily. For baking, flour, milk, eggs, butter, and sugar should be on the table before baking. If the recipe calls for other ingredients such as vanilla essence, cream, cocoa powder and so on, then prep them as well depending on how much is needed.
Once you have all the things needed around you, then that is the time to start baking. If altering specific ingredients or substituting them for another, then do it beforehand. It will be much more comfortable and linear to cook when all of the things you need are around you than going back and forth for each of them.
Consequences of Not Doing the Mise En Place
Remember the time you forget your homework at school? Then you have a good idea of how it feels if you are not prepared. If tools and ingredients are not prepped beforehand, you may need to do them during baking. Thus, this, in turn, will stall the whole process, resulting in you cramming on what things should be doing first. This panicking of yours will leave an undesirable product in the end. And usually burned, under-baked, or not rising to perfection. Also, this will go a much mess afterward, which is a pain in the neck to clean up.
Preparation is always a necessary procedure in pretty much anything you do. And in baking, this will either make or break your desired outcome. Always observe proper handling of tools and ingredients. And the primary way to do this is through Mise En Place. For if you already have all things prepped and checked, baking will become a piece of cake.