With holiday baking in full swing it’s an excellent time to discuss mise en place. Mise en place is a French term used in the culinary world and refers to measuring out and preparing all ingredients necessary for a dish before starting to cook or bake.
It may seem a little time consuming, or use an extra dish or two, but with kids running around, the phone ringing, and just the normal holiday season distractions you’ll be glad you set up your mise en place before baking. It helps ensure a few things.
First of all, you’ll know before starting that you have all ingredients necessary. Two, if you lose count while measuring the sugar, or any other ingredient, it’s in its own dish and not on it’s way into mixing with the batter, so just measure again.
Mise en place is also useful when cooking stir-fries, since they cook so quickly. Any large complicated dish or meal it’s also extremely useful.