Cash-saving baking hacks
WITH The Great British Bake Off back on TV screens, many of us will be inspired to get back in the kitchen. But rather than spending money on new baking gadgets, clever hacks could save some cash along the way, by using what’s already in your kitchen drawers – or even elsewhere in the house.
Here are some suggestions from PromotionalCodes.org.uk:
■ 1. Try using an ice-cream scoop to divide your muffin mix. That way they’ll all be the same size.
■ 2. If you’ve overcooked your cakes or cookies, try rescuing them by shaving bits off with a vegetable peeler or grater – rather than spending cash on new ingredients.
■ 3. Use a paper plate as a makeshift splash guard for your foodmixer. This should help prevent powdery and liquid splatters.
■ 4. Use a vegetable peeler to make perfect chocolate curls.
■ 6. A ganache can be given a smooth, glassy finish by blasting it with a hairdryer. Use a spatula to even out the melting chocolate.
■ 7. Use cookie-cutters to make the top crust of a pie.
■ 8. If you’ve lost your rolling pin – or don’t have one – use a wine bottle instead.
■ 9. If you’re baking a pastry case blind, rather than using costlier baking beans, consider using rice or dried peas placed on baking paper.