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mnitchals Nov 14, 2007 08:20 PM

Where do other chowhounds go to buy kitchen supplies? Knives, gadgets whatever? I am specifically looking for some cheesecloth (I want to make paneer) but I would feel silly asking for it in Williams Sonoma or someplace like that. I am just wondering if anyone know of a local shop selling high quality items that hasn't been too yuppie-fied.

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    faith RE: mnitchals Nov 14, 2007 09:02 PM

    I go to Kitchen Window to browse occasionally- the salespeople are quite friendly and
    knowledgeable there, and they have a huge selection. I would say don't be afraid to phone
    around and see who has cheesecloth. I've gotten it at co-ops sometimes like the Wedge,
    and they had unbleached cheesecloth which could be healthier than the normal bleached
    kind. The unbleached kind I got years ago was very tightly woven though, which wasn't
    the greatest- you want it to be loose enough to let the liquid through. Good luck!

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      zataar RE: faith Nov 15, 2007 03:39 AM

      Most grocery stores sell cheesecloth. I like the unbleached kind the Wedge sells.
      We always visit Kitchen Window when we come to the Twin Cities. It's one of the nicest stores of it's kind. Cooks of Crocus Hill, too.
      (I drain paneer in a damp flourcloth towel, the liquid drains out well, and you can shape the paneer into a nice compact shape.)

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        bigchow RE: faith Nov 15, 2007 07:52 AM

        I've even bought cheesecloth at the Ace Hardware store on Grand. It is more common than I expected.

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        churchka RE: mnitchals Nov 15, 2007 05:52 AM

        I just bought cheesecloth at Lunds,

        but I second Kitchen Window. It is so fabulous. They have such great stuff and really tasty chocolate. I've had great luck with the staff, even when they can't find exactly what I was looking for.

        1. Foureyes137 RE: mnitchals Nov 15, 2007 06:08 AM

          Let's Cook in NE has cheeseclothes, knives, cooking supplies, classes etc. We love it and go in almost every week to pickup something.


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            soupkitten RE: mnitchals Nov 15, 2007 09:33 AM

            kitchen window
            cooks of crocus hill
            let's cook
            are great cookware stores with different strengths, all should have cheesecloth, though i'd get it at a co-op, hardware, or grocery store. i'd say all of them are high quality, and to some extent "yuppified" because of that though. i personally like them all.

            i'm going to throw in hockenberg's restaurant supply at 701 kasota, for all those occasions when you need to buy a case of highballs, a few 15 gallon stock pots, or a cold line. they have lots of smallwares chowhounds would love as well, all restaurant quality. open to the public.

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              SwedishChef RE: mnitchals Nov 15, 2007 12:18 PM

              I second Hockenberg's (http://www.hockenbergs.com/twin_citie...) restaurant supply on Kasota, it's a fantastic resource and is definitely _not_ yuppie-fied. Also, I just learned that a Sur La Table recently opened on 50th and France in Edina, right across from Cooks of Crocus Hill (hee-hee). If you get to the southwest suburbs, there's a surprisingly nice independent shop in Eden Prairie Center on the lower level, but I forget what it's called. Oh, and Chef's Gallery in Stillwater is another great one. Would love to hear about any other independent shops (they tend to have a much wider variety of goodies than the chains).

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                faith RE: mnitchals Nov 15, 2007 08:23 PM

                So....what exactly do you mean by 'yuppified' ?

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                  mnitchals RE: faith Nov 16, 2007 06:38 AM

                  Ok. I guess that was a poor choice of words. It's like the definition of obscenity -"I'll know it when I see it' I was looking for a place for serious cooks that isn't too concerned with fashion. I'll certainly give Hockenberg's a try. That's actually what I was kind of thinking of. I used to go to Dakota Restaurant Supply in Fargo when I lived near there. I'll probably just pick up the cheese cloth at the wedge. I'll also check out Let's Cook. I had always thought that was one of those cook a week's worth of food places.

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                  mplsmike RE: mnitchals Nov 16, 2007 08:20 AM

                  You can get good deals online at Amazon and Overstock. I also get a lot of stuff at Target. It its a specialty item Williams-Sonoma or Cooks of Crocus Hill alway do the trick

                  1. GastronautMN RE: mnitchals Nov 16, 2007 07:48 PM

                    I am not sure if they have cheese cloth, but one great source for kitchen supplies is United Noodle (and some of the other large asian grocers). They have an obvious focus on asian supplies, but they are cheap I have been amazed at what I can find there. Yuppie-fied they are not!

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                      cayjohan RE: GastronautMN Nov 16, 2007 08:40 PM

                      Second this - United Noodle and Shuang Hur are great spots for various kitchen utensils, gadgets and pans, and at a great price. OP mentioned knives - you'll find them a-plenty, along with peelers, steamers, carbon steel pans, and serving wares, etc..

                      I too, am still looking for a place where I can get a whole *lot* of cheese cloth, not just the small packets in the grocery stores (when even available).

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                        zataar RE: cayjohan Nov 17, 2007 06:15 AM

                        Hockenberg's used to carry a large roll in a cardboard box of cheesecloth. It was larger than a big roll of papertowls, and about the same width.

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