What ingredients do I require?

What are, or is an ingredient?

An ingredient is a part of a recipe or something added to produce something else, A number of items such as flour, eggs, oil, or sugar used to make a cake in our instance.

The ingredients required within your business will come from the question and statement you make to get into business in the first place!

This “IS” why we need to start with a business plan.

It would be absolutely pointless asking a metal shop to make cup cakes or a car manufacturer to make a donut.

Yet both those business will use ingredients to accomplish their own manufactured product.

In the bakery, no matter where that business is. Making cakes or a mobile vehicle making donuts will use the same ingredients.

But only you can state what ingredients are required for your business.

I can tell you here right now, that you need flour, but how much or what type is up to you and your business. There are numerous types of flour for use in just about any situation.

There is white bread flour, brown flour as some people call it. Yet to the trade it could be whole wheat or wheat meal. Then there is whole grain and rye flour. Pastry flour, Cake four, Durham flour, Hovis flour, Rice flour, self raising flour and numerous other flours, each designed for some particular manufacturing method or product.

There are liquids used in the bakery, which might be eggs or water, milk or oil. Then there are shortenings which can be separated into several categories, even oil which can be frying oil or salad oils, margarines or butters. Then there are pastry shortenings or high ratio shortenings and lards.

Different types of dry sugars, which can also be in liquid forms too. Glucose, Honey and syrup are but three.

There are salts used in a bakery, of which many chemicals can be attributed to a salt also, such as Ammonium bi-carbonate as well as Salt or sodium chloride and Vol, as well as cream of tar tar and baking powder.

There are numerous fillings such as pie fillings of varying fruits, like blueberries, and apples. Then there are curds or custards, such as lemon or orange, which can be purchased or made to perfections to supply different nationalities.

There are icings also in the various flavors and tastes for just about any conceivable finished product. There is Fondant, rolled and liquid, colored and flavored.

There is Chocolate, for use as an icing, both milk and dark used in fillings, or as an added ingredient for such things as chocolate cake in powder form.

There are herbs like parsley and sage, flavors and spices as well as colorings. All of which come under the term ingredients.

Of course you still have meats to consider, beef, pork, chicken, veal, ham, liver, kidney as well as all the vegetables.

Pumpkin, carrots, peas, onion's, barley, green beans, yellow beans, broad beans, all of which can be used in a bakery.

Then there are the thickening agents, like corn starch and custard powders, gravy browning and soup flavors.

We haven't even gotten to the many types of nuts used in the bakery throughout the world. Some or all of which, maybe deadly to some people as are possibly any number of the ingredients used above.

There are also paper products that we use in the bakery, though not strictly an ingredient used in a recipe, but without which many of those products will require in the preparation and baking of that recipe.

Depending upon your product which you are planning your business plan around, I may have left out your heritage ingredients. However they will likely fall into many of the ingredient categories I have listed above.

How to start a bakery can help you with your bakery business.


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The Crusty Baker - DBA The Crusty Cottage Bakery
334 Harrogate Rd.
Campbell River, BC.
Canada. V9W1Y9.