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HOME BAKER: Designing Cookie Flavors

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Mike, a baker, operates out of his home kitchen and sells his goods at markets. He finds the base of his recipes online and tweaks or revamps them by adding ingredients such as peach balsamic, chai tea, and earl gray. He tells us that he loves the creativity of making new cookies and experimenting with flavors.

Job Title: Home Baker
Employer: Self-Employed

Job Summary: Bakers

Job Description

Bakers mix and bake ingredients according to recipes to make a variety of breads, pastries, and other baked goods.

On-the-Job Training

Long-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Bakers have the option of getting certification through the Retail Bakers of America. Although not required, certification can show that a baker has the skills and knowledge to work at a retail baking establishment.

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the Retail Bakers of America.

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Average salary
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$15,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
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Not applicable
Typical schedule
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Full-time, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Strength/stamina, Mathematical skills

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Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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m='13570'>two</span> <span m='13770'>days</span> <span m='14120'>of</span> <span m='14280'>making</span> <span m='14710'>dough,</span> <span m='16460'>looking</span> <span m='16760'>over</span> <span m='16950'>recipes,</span> <span m='17560'>doing</span> <span m='17880'>whatever</span> <span m='18280'>it</span> <span m='18330'>is</span> <span m='18540'>that</span> <span m='18650'>I</span> <span m='18740'>have</span> <span m='18960'>to</span> <span m='19080'>do</span> <span m='19880'>to</span> <span m='20000'>prepare.</span> <span m='21070'>And</span> <span m='21250'>then,</span> <span m='21390'>another</span> <span m='21740'>day</span> <span m='22000'>of</span> <span m='22340'>baking.</span> </p><p><span m='23230'>What</span> <span m='23710'>made me</span> <span m='23920'>decided</span> <span m='24580'>was</span> <span m='24870'>that</span> <span m='24980'>I've</span> <span m='25160'>always</span> <span m='25440'>loved</span> <span m='25660'>to</span> <span m='25760'>bake</span> <span m='26080'>and</span> <span m='26180'>cook.</span> <span m='27160'>And</span> <span m='29290'>when</span> <span m='29830'>a</span> <span m='29940'>new</span> <span m='30150'>law</span> <span m='30430'>came</span> <span m='30690'>into</span> <span m='30810'>effect</span> <span m='31390'>which</span> <span m='31710'>started</span> <span m='32140'>in</span> <span m='32619'>January</span> <span m='33413'>of</span> <span m='33810'>2013</span> <span m='35290'>when</span> <span m='35540'>it</span> <span m='35600'>allowed</span> <span m='36100'>people</span> <span m='36500'>to</span> <span m='37580'>bake</span> <span m='38170'>out</span> <span m='38470'>of their</span> <span m='38570'>house</span> <span m='39160'>and</span> <span m='39340'>sell</span> <span m='39610'>things</span> <span m='40400'>that</span> <span m='40860'>way,</span> <span m='41890'>it</span> <span m='42040'>allowed</span> <span m='42420'>me</span> <span m='42580'>to</span> <span m='43060'>start</span> <span m='43580'>up</span> <span m='44360'>my</span> <span m='44550'>own</span> <span m='44690'>business</span> <span m='45530'>without</span> <span m='45850'>much</span> <span m='46260'>money.</span> <span m='47100'>So</span> <span m='48710'>it</span> <span m='48920'>just</span> <span m='49130'>happened</span> <span m='49370'>to</span> <span m='49430'>be</span> <span m='49560'>at</span> <span m='49640'>the</span> <span m='49710'>same</span> <span m='49950'>time</span> <span m='50320'>that</span> <span m='50800'>the one</span> <span m='50990'>who</span> <span m='51060'>put</span> <span m='51630'>on</span> <span m='51750'>this</span> <span m='51900'>markets.</span> </p><p><span m='53000'>She</span> <span m='53790'>started</span> <span m='54250'>in</span> <span m='54800'>April</span> <span m='55190'>I believe of</span> <span m='55920'>last</span> <span m='56230'>year.</span> <span m='57110'>And</span> <span m='58080'>it</span> <span m='58230'>just</span> <span m='58400'>worked</span> <span m='58610'>out</span> <span m='58760'>perfectly</span> <span m='59270'>that</span> <span m='59810'>we</span> <span m='59990'>ran</span> <span m='60210'>into</span> <span m='60390'>her.</span> <span m='61430'>And</span> <span m='61900'>I'm</span> <span m='62060'>allowed</span> <span m='62430'>to</span> <span m='62910'>sell</span> <span m='63170'>my</span> <span m='63300'>cookies</span> <span m='63670'>out</span> <span m='63770'>of</span> <span m='63830'>here.</span> <span m='64550'>And</span> <span m='64670'>now</span> <span m='66360'>it's</span> <span m='66540'>starting</span> <span m='66820'>to</span> <span m='66910'>pick</span> <span m='67190'>up.</span> <span m='68190'>Doing</span> <span m='68410'>well</span> <span m='68610'>enough</span> <span m='68840'>there's</span> <span m='69010'>a</span> <span m='69050'>lot</span> <span m='69230'>more</span> <span m='69420'>markets</span> <span m='69890'>out</span> <span m='70080'>there.</span> <span m='70650'>That</span> <span m='70830'>I'll</span> <span m='71670'>try</span> <span m='72240'>to</span> <span m='72780'>get</span> <span m='73030'>to.</span> <span m='73800'>So</span> <span m='74310'>hopefully</span> <span m='74590'>by</span> <span m='74730'>the</span> <span m='74810'>summertime,</span> <span m='76370'>I'll</span> <span m='76540'>get</span> <span m='76750'>to expand.</span> </p><p><span m='77760'>My</span> <span m='78330'>recipes</span> <span m='78940'>are</span> <span m='79650'>both,</span> <span m='80940'>basically</span> <span m='81330'>I</span> <span m='81390'>use,</span> <span m='82210'>if</span> <span m='82410'>I'm</span> <span m='82530'>looking</span> <span m='82770'>for</span> <span m='82930'>a</span> <span m='82980'>certain</span> <span m='83220'>flavor,</span> <span m='84010'>I'll</span> <span m='84230'>look</span> <span m='84420'>online</span> <span m='84970'>and</span> <span m='85090'>find</span> <span m='85340'>a</span> <span m='85400'>recipe.</span> <span m='87120'>But</span> <span m='87300'>I</span> <span m='87430'>almost</span> <span m='87730'>never</span> <span m='88620'>use</span> <span m='89090'>that</span> <span m='89400'>one.</span> <span m='89620'>It's</span> <span m='89840'>always</span> <span m='90560'>either</span> <span m='90870'>tweaked</span> <span m='91350'>to</span> <span m='91560'>completely</span> <span m='92080'>revamped.</span> <span m='93020'>So</span> <span m='93240'>it's</span> <span m='93550'>a</span> <span m='93600'>combination</span> <span m='94580'>of</span> <span m='94790'>everything.</span> </p><p><span m='95800'>So,</span> <span m='97020'>like</span> <span m='97260'>the</span> <span m='97870'>shortbread</span> <span m='98350'>ones,</span> <span m='98920'>I</span> <span m='99150'>found</span> <span m='99420'>the</span> <span m='99490'>basic</span> <span m='99910'>shortbread</span> <span m='100530'>dough.</span> <span m='101460'>And</span> <span m='102000'>I</span> <span m='102150'>just</span> <span m='102430'>ran</span> <span m='102790'>with</span> <span m='103000'>it</span> <span m='103630'>and</span> <span m='103900'>use</span> <span m='104210'>to</span> <span m='104350'>peach</span> <span m='104800'>balsamic.</span> <span m='105280'>I</span> <span m='105330'>used</span> <span m='105730'>chai tea.</span> <span m='106330'>I</span> <span m='106400'>used</span> <span m='107530'>black</span> <span m='107930'>tea.</span> <span m='108320'>I</span> <span m='108400'>used</span> <span m='109000'>Earl</span> <span m='109250'>Gray.</span> <span m='109540'>Whatever</span> <span m='110950'>would</span> <span m='111090'>tastes</span> <span m='111440'>good</span> <span m='111620'>in</span> <span m='111740'>a</span> <span m='112330'>base.</span> <span m='113200'>So</span> <span m='113390'>it's basically,</span> <span m='114430'>I</span> <span m='114570'>have</span> <span m='115180'>set</span> <span m='115540'>bases</span> <span m='115930'>that</span> <span m='116080'>I've</span> <span m='116580'>designed</span> <span m='118170'>and just</span> <span m='118450'>use</span> <span m='118680'>those</span> <span m='119220'>for</span> <span m='119380'>the</span> <span m='119480'>flavors</span> <span m='120010'>of</span> <span m='120090'>I</span> <span m='120160'>want.</span> </p><p><span m='121240'>And</span> <span m='121370'>of</span> <span m='121420'>course</span> <span m='121630'>a</span> <span m='121680'>lot</span> <span m='121880'>of</span> <span m='121920'>them,</span> <span m='122800'>my</span> <span m='122970'>friends</span> <span m='123360'>kind of,</span> <span m='124010'>hey,</span> <span m='124260'>why don't</span> <span m='124500'>you</span> <span m='124580'>try</span> <span m='124790'>this</span> <span m='125050'>flavor,</span> <span m='125530'>or why don't you</span> <span m='125880'>try</span> <span m='126170'>this.</span> <span m='126470'>And</span> <span m='127650'>I'll</span> <span m='127810'>do</span> <span m='127940'>it</span> <span m='128210'>just because it's</span> <span m='128389'>fun.</span> </p><p><span m='129580'>What</span> <span m='129820'>do</span> <span m='129960'>I</span> <span m='130060'>know</span> <span m='130450'>that</span> <span m='130840'>I</span> <span m='130970'>didn't</span> <span m='131220'>know</span> <span m='131360'>before?</span> <span m='133280'>It's</span> <span m='133620'>basically,</span> <span m='134520'>it's</span> <span m='135110'>harder</span> <span m='135460'>than</span> <span m='135610'>it</span> <span m='135700'>seems.</span> <span m='136090'>And it's</span> <span m='136370'>easier</span> <span m='136640'>than</span> <span m='136940'>it</span> <span m='137280'>seems.</span> <span m='137620'>It's</span> <span m='137990'>never</span> <span m='138980'>what</span> <span m='139160'>you'd</span> <span m='139310'>expect.</span> <span m='141930'>It's</span> <span m='142100'>a</span> <span m='142150'>lot</span> <span m='142350'>longer</span> <span m='142740'>hours</span> <span m='143660'>but</span> <span m='143990'>because</span> <span m='146000'>you</span> <span m='146210'>work</span> <span m='146440'>for</span> <span m='146570'>yourself,</span> <span m='148250'>it</span> <span m='148420'>doesn't</span> <span m='148680'>seem</span> <span m='148870'>as</span> <span m='148980'>much</span> <span m='149200'>work.</span> </p><p><span m='150420'>And</span> <span m='152120'>it's</span> <span m='152310'>a</span> <span m='152350'>lot</span> <span m='152510'>more</span> <span m='152630'>creative</span> <span m='153160'>than</span> <span m='154810'>anyone</span> <span m='155180'>would</span> <span m='155690'>expect</span> <span m='156080'>it</span> <span m='156170'>to be.</span> <span m='156910'>Because,</span> <span m='157210'>hey, you</span> <span m='157520'>get</span> <span m='157630'>to</span> <span m='157690'>do</span> <span m='157880'>what,</span> <span m='159610'>making</span> <span m='159870'>cookies.</span> <span m='161350'>What</span> <span m='161600'>can</span> <span m='161840'>you</span> <span m='162290'>not put in there?</span> <span m='163830'>You</span> <span m='164210'>can put</span> <span m='164900'>herbs.</span> <span m='165280'>You</span> <span m='165450'>can</span> <span m='165600'>put</span> <span m='165800'>spices.</span> <span m='166340'>You</span> <span m='166470'>can</span> <span m='166870'>put</span> <span m='167410'>anything</span> <span m='167690'>in there.</span> <span m='168650'>So</span> <span m='168710'>you're</span> <span m='168860'>not</span> <span m='169090'>stuck</span> <span m='169570'>to</span> <span m='170310'>just</span> <span m='170560'>chocolate</span> <span m='172080'>and</span> <span m='172280'>sugar.</span> <span m='173010'>So</span> <span m='173120'>you</span> <span m='173190'>can</span> <span m='173320'>do</span> <span m='173500'>anything</span> <span m='173870'>with</span> <span m='174060'>it.</span> <span m='174490'>And</span> <span m='175200'>that</span> <span m='175460'>itself</span> <span m='175860'>makes</span> <span m='176130'>it</span> <span m='176240'>worthwhile.</span> <span m='177530'>But</span> <span m='177650'>it's</span> <span m='177780'>also</span> <span m='178010'>hard</span> <span m='178270'>because</span> <span m='179500'>I</span> <span m='179610'>can</span> <span m='179760'>never</span> <span m='180280'>stay</span> <span m='180630'>on</span> <span m='180740'>the</span> <span m='180810'>same</span> <span m='181100'>cookie</span> <span m='182090'>every</span> <span m='182310'>market.</span> <span m='182710'>I</span> <span m='182790'>have</span> <span m='182990'>to</span> <span m='183130'>try</span> <span m='183570'>new</span> <span m='183760'>things.</span> <span m='184230'>But</span> <span m='186020'>it's</span> <span m='186230'>so</span> <span m='186360'>much</span> <span m='186590'>fun.</span> </p>","file":{"id":371335,"video_id":"3327962603001","name":"2241-Mike-Baker","duration":187711,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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