If you are wondering why you should use quality ingredients in baking, then here are a few detailed explanations.
When you cook you should be aware of a few things that can make your food taste great, or very gross.
Not only do you have to formulate the recipe properly, but you also need to ensure that the temperature is correct. You also need to ensure that you use the correct baking utensils and pans.
There are a number of things that can cause a great recipe to be a tragic failure. The most important thing to consider is what kind of ingredients are you actually using in your recipe.
This Is Why It Is Important To Use Quality Ingredients in Baking
The quality of your ingredients can cause your recipe to taste very bland, sour or rancid if you use ingredients of inferior quality. One should never buy an ingredient simply because it’s “cheaper”. Cheap does not always mean “good quality”. In fact, sometimes it can be the most horrible tasting brand to buy for that particular ingredient.
What Exactly Is Considered “High Quality”?
There are many factors that you should consider when determining if an ingredient is deemed as a “high-quality” ingredient.
taste is of course the most important factor to consider, but tasting great is not the only thing one should consider.
This is especially true if one is selling their food for profit.
First, Consider The Company
Many food products on the market are provided by various corporations. If you blindly purchase food based solely on the price of your purchase, then you are making a very grave mistake.
Large corporations manufacture literally tens of thousands of packaged products per month. In the video below, one corporation demonstrates how they make their canned baked beans.
They explain that the machinery can produce over 400 cans of beans PER MINUTE! Yes, that’s right, per minute! That is production on a very large scale!
When something is manufactured on such a large scale, then many things can happen to decrease the quality of the food.
I will not go into everything that could cause an inferior product, the main key you should consider is this. Does the company have a great track record for keeping it’s facilities clean, sanitized and up to code?
Buying Cheap Ingredients Can Be A Huge Mistake!
When you buy cheaper ingredients, then you are basically purchasing from a company that may not have a “Brand” name. Typically, cheaper products, have a name that is deemed “Generic”. When using ingredients in baking, I do not recommend using generic ingredients at all. Especially if you intend to resell your food for profit.
Think about this for a moment. Why is the product cheaper? I know some say that the “company” saves money by not having to purchase advertising for its products, therefore those savings are handed down to the consumer.
When in fact, this is not 100% accurate or true. If you purchase canned green beans, then I am sure that you have probably tried a few styles of generic green beans. I know I have. I will use these as an example to explain why I deem “generic” as low quality.
When I purchase canned green beans manufactured by a very well-known company. The beans are fat, juicy, tasty and have no stems or tough end pieces. The can is also very full with beans, and not an overly excessive amount of water.
Yet, when I purchased generic canned green beans from a very popular company, not only did I typically find tough end pieces, but I also found lots of stems. There was also an excessive amount of water in the can. When I drained the water from the can, I noticed that the beans filled only about 3/4 of the can.
The cans of beans that I purchased from the “name brand” company, were filled almost to the rim with beans and very little excess water.
Using Name Brand Products For Your Ingredients In Baking
I always buy name-brand products when I select ingredients to be used in baking. Not only do I find that I get more value for my money (I hate paying for stems and water), but I also find the products taste much better than “generic” brands.
This is especially important when I am baking cakes and cookies. You can change the flavour of your baked goods dramatically by simply changing the brand of flour that you use for baking.
I use King Author All-Purpose flour when baking. Not only does it taste better, but it produces a cookie that is just absolutely yummy!
When looking at the ingredients list on the bag of King Author all-purpose flour, you will see 2 simple ingredients. UNBLEACHED Hard Red Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour.
Yet, when looking at a “generic” flour, the ingredients are: BLEACHED Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Enzyme
The generic brand claims to be “enriched” and as you can see, it adds vital nutrients to the flour. Yet what many do not realize, is that many nutrients are REMOVED when the flour goes through the bleaching process.
Although king Author costs more, it is the only flour I will use in my household. Simply because I love the taste, and it bakes great! Of course, there are other name-brand flours that are great as well.
Do Your Own Diligent Research
There are many products that one can choose from when baking cakes, cookies and candies. You can conduct your own research to see which ingredients in baking will work best for your needs and situation.
To conduct your research, first, bake! Bake a batch of basic sugar cookies with two different brands of flour, and see which of them tastes best to you. You can even ask the opinion of friends, relatives and even co-workers.
Research the company for complaints to see if the company has any complaints of unclean work environments.
Look at the ingredients! See what types of ingredients have been added to the product. You may be surprised at what you discover!
You Must Learn And Know About The Ingredients In Baking That You Will Be Using
Know the product! Did you know that tubs of “margarine” are not the same as butter? Yet many people will use margarine to bake cookies and cakes, and wonder why they produce nothing but epic failures!
Many people give up on baking, simply because they think they are bad bakers. Yet the actual fact of the matter is not that they can’t bake, it’s that they have been “conditioned” to believe that some foods are the same as others. When they are not the same at all!
If you are baking and find that the recipe did not turn out as you had hoped, the first thing you should do is consider the ingredients you are using. Google the companies, google the product, and learn as much about it as you can!
This will help ensure that you cook delightfully tasteful cakes, cookies and candies for fun, profit and your loved ones’ joy!
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