Just recently I decided to get back into Baking from my home for a living, and as i look at my home I realized that i can't have the same set up as before where I baked in my kitchen, taking up all the space, every nook, every cabinet. I am newly remarried and we have lots of pets now, plus my children are older and are in the kitchen all the time. So i want to convert part of my garage over into a bakery but want to have it well organized due to having less space. My hubby is building a wall to enclosed part of the garage with doors and putting in a window for me. I already have 220 hook up and plumping won't be an issue since the downstairs restroom and laundry room back up to the garage wall where we plan to enclose. I am looking for advise in the best way to store all the supplies, etc.. What works for you? I have (2) SS 5 shelf racks and closet maid shelving above my head. I have a refrigerator for ingredients and 1 regular oven. Not sure what would be the best way to store cake pans, chocolate molds, dry ingredients, boxes and boards, etc..Since there are no cabinets, thinking of purchasing (2) SS tables for my work area, which will have a single shelf underneath them. If anyone has pics of their kitchen setups that they would like to share or knows of nifty ways to maximize space, i am all ears Thank you.
Shelf units from floor to ceiling. Pans can stand on their sides, you can file them very closely spaced. Boxes and boards likewise.
Dry ingredients in plastic bins. Get the ones that can stack on top of each other (rubbermaid red cover one type). These will need heavy duty shelves to hold them.
You might need a fridge for baked cakes--many jurisdictions require the separation of raw and cooked ingredients.
I have no photos that would be helpful, but I can give you a few ideas. Pans, I turn upside down and nest them, so I have three stacks of rounds and they sit on one another, like a three tier cake, but with smaller ones hidden inside the largest, keeps them clean, I do the same with sheet and squares...but have no oddly shaped pans.
Boards, I keep a box full of assorted sizes, again, upside down.
I have medium size plastic storage tubs that hold impression sheets and molds. Plastic stack draws are perfect for all the cookie cutters. I separate styles or themes into gallon zip lock bags so they aren't loose and easier to find a style. I have another set of stack drawers for flower making...one drawer has all my stamens, another with cel pad, cel board and assorted foam, one for flower formers, one for flower cutters, then one drawer I divided with small rectangle "baskets" from the gadget isle and they hold dragees, disco dust and petal dusts.
I have a desk type table where I create the flowers, on it I have a couple of vases, one holds paint brushes, another tools (wire cutters, ball tools, scissors) and then one for wires. I have a couple of glass containers (made for flour or pasta out on the counter) that I have filled with the sizes of styrofoam balls. The pasta machine sits on this table along with a silpat mat. On the table that I work on cakes I have the silicone mat and a crock filled with spatulas, pizza cutter, and a knife.
I have other plastic containers on shelves for things like, chocolate, seasonal cookie cutters, etc. Oh, and I store templates with the molds and impression sheets. I guess it would depend on how much you have of things. But label your containers and group similar items. I store cake pans on bottom shelves, or top if that's easier (lightweight, over your head) and plastic boxes, cling wrap too. Then the heavier things on middle shelves, easy access.
Just jump in and try it, soon enough you will figure out what works for you and what doesn't.
Thank you for your responses, it has me thinking!!! I love the idea of stacked drawers and storing pans on their sides.. THANK YOU!
Congratulations on your new business! It sounds as if you're really moving along. I don't know where you live, but it may help to contact your local HD and ask them a few questions. Even if your area does not require licensing, health inspectors may have some great ideas to help you construct your work space, since they have a chance to see many kitchens.