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post #1 of 44
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Hi all,

I will be working in a new Bakery soon to open in Nov. (hopefully). We are extremely limited on space in the kitchen. Can anyone give us tips on keeping things organized in the Bakery.
Any tips on how you keep your tools and supplies organized and stored would be wonderful.
Can you post Pics of your kitchens so I can get an idea of your layout? We are so very limited on space, so any ideas will be helpful. Any pics too!

Thanks so much!!!!!

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post #2 of 44
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Okay I'm gonna bump this up because We could really use some tips for the Bakery!!! Pretty Please! icon_redface.gif

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I would love to see pics too--- I know there was a previous thread about storefronts, but I'd love to see more pics as we are getting to the design phase.

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post #4 of 44
I have a rolling tool chest to keep a lot of my spatulas, scoops, & knives in. You know the ones guys have in their garages. They work great. The other thing I use for tips, is the organizer for nails and screws. It has litte drawers to keep different size tips in.

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Originally Posted by DMCG

I have a rolling tool chest to keep a lot of my spatulas, scoops, & knives in. You know the ones guys have in their garages. They work great. The other thing I use for tips, is the organizer for nails and screws. It has litte drawers to keep different size tips in.

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Danielle



Oh my Gosh Danielle that is a great idea!!!! The organizer for nails use it for tips!!!! Thanks I am definitely going to use that one!!!! Where did you get yours from? Is it circle or square, I am trying to picture it my head. Do the bigger tips fit in there too?

Thanks
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post #6 of 44
it's kind of rectangular, and the drawers are different sizes, so ALL the tips fit. Even the rose nails, and tip brushes.
DH used to use it when he worked in the hotels and only had a small portion of the kitchen for pastry. It's definitley worth the investment.
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post #7 of 44
I never buy 'cake organization' items. They are always twice the price of 'man gear' stuff. I was just eyeing up a great set in the tool section of Walmart which was about $20 (Canadian, so would be cheaper for you). It had a bunch of tiny drawers which would be ideal for sorting tips, plus some slightly larger ones for other bits & pieces. I've already planned to mount a couple of these on my wall once my kitchen is done (hopefully in the next month!). That would be a good space-saver.

All my cookie cutters are sorted by type in plastic shoe storage boxes, which stack. I also have two of the plastic drawer rolling carts for things like cookie sticks, cardboards, tools etc. Everything else is spread around everywhere...

Good luck! I'd love to see some pictures when you're done. I need the inspiration!
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post #8 of 44
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Thanks Tubbscookies!! Any ideas are EXCELLENT ones!! I'm gonna go this weekend to walmart and home depot and see if I see anything. What does everyone do with their pans, boxes, cake boards, and big stuff like that?

Ohhh off the subject, what type of pastry bags does everyone use in their Bakery?

Thanks so much!

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post #9 of 44
You're welcome! Regarding the big, flat items, I was thinking about having a wide unit with lots of shelves. Since this is a separate basement kitchen, not a fancy commercial set-up, I'm planning on using cheap Ikea units (no doors on some for easy) as the basis of my kitchen.

Regarding bags, I am looking for larger disposable bags. I think Wilton have started making 16" disposables, so I need to find somewhere to buy them. I'm sure there must be other places too... I HATE washing bags! For reusables, check for a restaurant supply store locally - they have all that kind of thing.
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post #10 of 44
i also use those little plastic multi drawer storage bins for premade fondant and gumpaste designs...works great for those last minute cakes cause the flowers and such are ready to go. i have two of these storage things, and need to buy another one for my tips. like stated before, there are usually different sizes of the slide out drawers...one of mine is large enough to have a full size gumpaste bow in it...6" long or so. i think the drawer was around $20

i also buy alot of rubbermaid storage drawer units at sams and costco. each drawer has it's own function...my bags in one, my stencils and presses in another, etc.

i also have a rolling tool box that i use for my most commonly used items...i roll it to the kitchen and everything i need the most is right there. it's similar to a craftsman, but it's an off brand that we got on sale at home depot...black and obnoxious yellow, but hidden in the cake room!!!!!!!!!
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post #11 of 44
just remember to use NSF shelf, I purchase my from costco.
post #12 of 44
Here is a great thread I saved:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-49039.html

HTH

Judi
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Originally Posted by Juds2323

Here is a great thread I saved:

http://www.cakecentral.com/cake-decorating-ftopict-49039.html

HTH

Judi



Oh my Gosh, Thanks so much Judi!!! That is so helpful, I forwarded that to my Boss right away!!! Thanks!!!!

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post #14 of 44
Jess---

We purchased the 5-tier metal shelving unit from Lowes (about $75). We sorted our cake pans by style from smallest to largest and then inverted them on the shelf upside down to keep them as close to dust-free as possible.

Right now, we only have one box of rectangles and one box of rounds (about 400 each) cake plates. So we store them on top of the refrigerator.

For the boxes, we opened them on one side and have lined them up side by side and pull out a box or two as we need them.

For the cookie cutters, we found stacking drawers at Wal-Mart. We sorted the cookie cutters by themes: animals, standard shapes, individual holidays.

For all of our chocolate molds, we purchased plastic filing drawers (roughly $20 each) and we have filed them by holiday or type. We labelled each mold with a 2 or 3 digit letter corresponding to the event (HW for Halloween and WD for Wedding) and numbered each individual type of mold in that category. We then filed in order and each box is for a different theme. What's neat about the boxes is that they interlock and can stack upon one another. The drawer pulls out easily for looking through them at your height.

HTH

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post #15 of 44
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Paul and Peter,

Thanks so much!!! You two are always so helpful! Those are great ideas! I def have to go to walmart and home depot tomorrow. I have a few cakes to get decorated this weekend so I have to make some time. Thanks so much!!!

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