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Panko and buffalo mozz

Planning my shopping trip to TO this weekend. Can get the buffalo mozz at home here in a prewrapped baggie (not from Italy though) for $6 for a small ball. Can't get panko.
Where can I get these items?

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  1. Make your own panko. Get a loaf of good artisinal bread (day old is best) and remove the crust. Grate it on the large-hole grater of a food processor (do not push down on the tamper). Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 300 degrees until dry but not brown, about 20 minutes.

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    1. re: pikawicca

      Unless I'm mistaken isn't panko distinctive from other breading because it's made with a centrifuge and induction cooking that can't really be duplicated at home? And that's what gives it a unique light, crispy texture?

      As for it's availability, I'm seeing it in all the chain grocery stores now as well as smaller specialty shops.

      1. re: jamesm

        Jamesm - I thought that it was too good to be true. When I told my cousin who is going to be shopping with me about the recipe, she was doubtful too. Anyone else want to chime in?

        1. re: itryalot

          I'm pretty sure the reccomended recipe is just coarse bread crumbs. It may approximate panko, but I think Panko is the result of a uniqoe process.

        2. re: jamesm

          I don't know where the panko centrifuge myth came from, but it's wrong. Go to Wikipedia and type in "panko," then click on the Science Channel video. The 15-minute video will show you everything you ever wanted to know about the panko-making process, and you can see their very scarey-looking giant grater at work. Homemade panko has the same wonderful crunch as store-bought, and you can use great bread that doesn't have that nasty partially-hydrogenated fat in it.

          1. re: pikawicca

            We definitely do not want hydrogentaed fat in anything if we can help it.

          2. re: jamesm

            I may be viciously wrong, but doesn't Panko also involve bread that is high in honey, which gives it its distinctive taste?

            1. re: vorpal

              I checked the labels of the two different brands of panko in my pantry -- no sweeteners in either.

        3. After my trip to Italy, I can't eat anything but buffalo mozzerella, LOL.

          I pick up mine at All the Best Fine Foods (1099 Yonge St, north of Rosedale subway station, by the LCBO Summerhill store) for $16.95 or Alex Farms at Manulife Centre (Bay & Bloor) for $12.95. Both imported from Italy and both delicious and creamy.

          I've also seen Panko at Noah's health food store on Yonge Street, at Charles Street.

          1. The Market Square Dominion (Chuch & Front) carries panko. It's in a display located between the fish counter and the bulk bins, along with a few other Japanese things.

            I believe they also sell panko at the St. Lawrence market, in the dry goods store just SE of Rube's Rice on the lower level.

            1. any chain grocery store that sells sushi has panko in in the sushi booth area along with wasabi, miso soup, etc..

              1. Seafront Fish Market in the south St. Lawrence Market sells panko - a big plastic container full for $2 - best deal on it that I can find.

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                1. re: AmandaEd

                  You can get Panko in almost any chinese grocery store. It is also available at Sanko on Queen West and in J-Town.