Wednesday, December 14, 2016
You'd Think, After 30+ Hours Of Baking Biscuits We'd Have More Than This, But...
We spent over 10 hours baking holiday biscuit love each day on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. That's over 30 hours total. When we tell people about that, they assume we have thousands upon thousands of biscuits baked. Truth is, with all of that time spent baking, the total amount of dog biscuits baked was a little under 2,000. When you think about it, that doesn't seem like a lot when there's a 30+ hour baking time attached to it.
I'm not going to lie. When I peek in the biscuit room, think about the amount of hours we spent baking over a 3 day span, and realize we'll probably have to spend 1 more day baking biscuits, I get a little frustrated.
What a lot of people don't know is we bake biscuit love out of the kitchen in our home. We have a regular oven. When we bake biscuits, we're only able to bake ONE cookie sheet at a time. On that single cookie sheet, we're able to fit only 1 1/2 bags of biscuits. The bake time per cookie sheet is 22 minutes.
In the past, we've tried baking 2 cookie sheets at a time. We experimented with both cookie sheets on the top shelf, or one on the bottom, one on the top, and alternating 1/2 way through the bake time. I even tried moving the baking racks around to see if that made a difference.
All efforts failed. The final product was a biscuit that was golden brown at the top and black at the bottom.
Bottom line, we can only bake 1 cookie sheet at a time. That yields 1 1/2 bags of biscuits every 22 minutes. It's a lengthy process, but we continue to do what we do. We've been doing this for over 3 years. We love what we do.
The same, slow process goes for baking "hooman" treats as well. This year, at the Whiskers In Wonderland event, we had 2 tables. One for biscuit love and the other for bake sale items. We offered cookies, breads, whoopie pies, and other sweet treats.
The day before the event, I started baking at 7 in the morning. It took over 12 hours to bake everything. Once everything was cooled, and I made the filling for the whoopie pies and filled 'em, it was about 11 p.m.
Like with our homemade biscuits, the make, roll, cut, and bake time isn't the only thing we have to contend with. Packaging takes a lot of time as well.
By the time I got all of the "hooman" treats packaged for our bake sale table, it was almost 2 a.m.
Why am I telling you all of this?
There are several reasons...
1. We love what we do. Every week, we bake biscuits love for our Bodacious Biscuit Love Bin, to donate to shelters and pet parents in need, and to have on hand for emergency situations. That's on top of working full-time plus, being Dog Moms to 3 incredible rescue fur-kids, errands, meal prep for the fur-kids, pup sitting, housework, etc. If we didn't love what we do, we wouldn't be doing it.
2. When we announce deadlines, there's a good reason for it. If we post a deadline to order seasonal biscuits, this is why. Or, this is the reason why, if you request biscuit love, we can't ship immediately. We can't just bake, package, and ship at the drop of a dime. It's a process. Once we bake biscuits, they have to sit in our temperature controlled room for 36-48 hours to completely harden. Then, we have to package and ship.
3. Be patient. We do the best and most of what we can each and every day. We've baked biscuits every week for over 3 years. We're not stopping any time soon. And, in 2017 we're fully expanding. Lots of great stuff so we can do MORE great stuff for the pups and pet parents in need.
We are so grateful to each and every one of you. We couldn't do what we do without our Bodacious Community.
We appreciate YOU!