National Bake For Family Fun Month

Humans have been baking for thousands upon thousands of years. It’s been done for so long that it even existed before the invention of fire. Humans would take wild grass seeds, soak them in water, and then mash them into a paste. They would then pour that paste onto a flat rock and let it bake under the sun—thereby forming a primitive bread.

After fire was discovered, humans began to make real loaves of bread using ovens that they crafted. Some of the world’s oldest ovens were found in Croatia and date back over 6,500 years ago. Baking allowed humans to stave off hunger and was key to early man’s survival.

It became so important that it was not only a symbol of culture but also one of wealth and social standing. Nowadays, baking is less about survival and social status and more about ensuring the family has access to quality food. And that’s why National Bake for Family Month is observed every February.

It’s a great way for people to create high-quality baked goods for their families, or for families to come together to help each other make high-quality baked goods. After all, baking is a bonding moment for most people.

The History of National Bake for Family Fun

This month was first created in 2002 by the Home Baking Association. Its purpose was to encourage families to spend more time together by sharing the tasks of baking in the kitchen. It has since grown to be a month that more and more people are discovering.

Some Delicious Baking Facts

Anyone reading this today might think they know everything there is to know about baking, but that probably isn’t the case. We think we’ve found at least a few facts that aren’t commonly known, and we’ve listed those facts below.

  • The word “cookie” comes from the Dutch word “koekje,” meaning ‘little cakes.’
  • Baking soda became common during the mid-19th century.
  • Baking soda requires an acid to create bubbles in the dough.
  • Baking powder allowed for the leavening of dough without an acid. It was invented in the 1880s.

Observing National Bake for Family Fun

During this month, people are encouraged to work a few baking activities that they can do with their family into their schedule. Perhaps one night could be for baking bread, another night for making dinner rolls, and yet another night can be for making a dessert.

No matter what a person makes, however, they should take the time to spread the word about this month using the hashtag #BakeForFamilyFun with a picture of the baked good being created.

When is it?
This year (2024)
February 1 Thursday
Next year (2025)
February 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
February 1 Wednesday
Food & Drinks, Relationships & Family