Hello fellow DIYers! I wanted to start a dialogue for some of you more experienced “cooks” - and everyone else! - to come out and share some of the wisdom you’ve gained over the course of your experiences with DIY.
I don’t mean recipe specific, but generally any tips you’ve discovered through trial and error to make things easier or more efficient on the front side of things especially. I’m just now really getting started and would love to maximize my time and efficiency.
- A good example would be @chris_bair video of him mixing a week’s worth of People Chow; it was great seeing and hearing his thought process and the little things he’d learned. Youtube Video
My initial contribution, such as it is:
I’ve leaned heavily on Google Sheets to build out spreadsheets and keep track of inventory, recipes, and servings (in conjunction with the DIY tool). I’m fortunate to have a Chromebook that I keep at my prep table. (My servings Spreadsheet)
The simple scales on Amazon are pretty cheap and brilliant. The two I use are this one for larger amounts and this one for more precision. Also, these weighing sheets have been quite handy - all my powders slide right off after weighed on scale. For larger amounts, so far I’ve been using plastic measuring cups tare’d out on the scale, which I transfer to a larger mixing bowl once weighed. I purchased some stainless steel mixing bowls with lids which are really nice to shake/tumble a batch in.
When I received my powders, most of them were in bags, so I went ahead and moved them to tupperware containers (plan to upgrade to glass eventually), taking special care to label everything in multiple places to not lose track of what’s what. There’s been a lot less “powder clouds” when using the real containers. This is probably obvious, lol.
Your turn! I’d love to hear from everyone, but especially some of the sellers working on a larger scale. What’s worked or not worked for you? What does your setup look like? What are your methods for preparing batches? How do you maintain inventory? What tools (physical and digital) do you use? What do you use to clean your area and tools, anything special?
… And so on and so forth! Let’s hear it!