Now THIS is an idea you can get behind, right?! You might remember that Ma Ingalls baked on Saturday, not Wednesday. Wednesday just happens to be the day that works best for us – you’ll have to decide what day works the best for you. Basically, this is a Kitchen Day more than a Baking Day.
Why did she bake on Saturday? Well, I think there are probably two reasons for that:
- Baking makes the house hot – best to get it all done in one day for the whole week.
- Most women did their Sunday preparations the day before so they could have a day of rest on Sunday.
What to do on Baking Day
You have two main focuses on Baking Day:
- Baking (obviously)
It’s a good idea to choose a crock pot meal for this day so that while you’re focusing on other kitchen activities, you have dinner cooking away beside you.
However, if your focus that day is for batch cooking or freezer cooking, you could simply make one extra meal for that evening. For me, it just depends on my particular focus for that Kitchen Day.
I make bigger messes than my kids. My husband sometimes calls me “Grace” for a reason. Because of that, and because I spend a majority of my day in the kitchen (resolving the, “Mommy, I hungy” (also known as hungry) syndrome my kids have), my kitchen needs some TLC on a regular basis.
Here are cleaning tasks to focus on during Kitchen Day:
- Wipe down appliances
- Clean out one drawer and one cupboard
- Wipe down all the counters and backsplash
- Clean the kitchen windows (my window over the sink is perpetually dirty)
- Clean out the fridge and dust the top
- Scrub the sink
- Mop the floors
Some of you might need to mop more than once a week, based on the traffic in your house. Once a week works well for me because I can “spot mop” on other days if I have a big spill…which I do – regularly.
That sounds like a lot, but you could quickly knock that out since you’re doing it once a week. It takes me less than an hour to do all those tasks. But, I do wait until it’s nap time/quiet time to mop the floor. Because for whatever reason, when I’m mopping, it sends out a smoke signal that the kitchen is ready for foot traffic – even my dog comes to investigate.
On this day you can rotate what you choose to focus on. You could focus on:
- batch cooking (cooking large batches of things at once, like beans, bagels, or spice mixes)
- freezer cooking (making meals to put into your freezer for days like Cleaning Day)
- baking to your heart’s content
- snack preparation
- chopping veggies
I try to only bake two days of the week, especially in the summer. For me, those days are Wednesday AND Saturday. On Saturday, my focus is breakfast for the upcoming week, and on Wednesday my focus is on things like breads that we need for meals.
Can your items really keep for a week? Sure! In the summer, you might want to take extra measures, like refrigerator or freezer storage. For the most part, we don’t like refrigerated bread, so I freeze any extra I might have and then we thaw as needed.
Things like muffins and rolls will keep fine at room temp for a couple days and then you can refrigerate them for longevity. They reheat fine – and really, butter covers a multitude of sins.
That’s all there is for kitchen day, but as we all know…baking can morph and take up more time than we think. I try to start my process in the morning after breakfast, since we are schooling in the kitchen. I can chop, bake, and prep while my kids are doing independent work and I’m watching them.
If you HATE baking and cooking, you still need to be able to have a day when you can focus on what’s going to be eaten for the next week. Maybe that means meal prep and snack prep – but whatever it is…it’s something that HAS to be done. Because, you know – people get hungry and stuff.
How can you take Baking Day and apply it your your family’s needs?
See other posts in this series:
- Wash on Monday
- Clean on Tuesday
- Town on Thursday
- Office Day on Friday
- Get Ahead on Saturday
- Chores to do Daily
- Chore FAQ
- Each Day Has Its Own Proper Chores
- What Would Ma Ingalls Do?
- Embracing Your Inner June Clever