MSP - Kitchen Supplies
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.
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!
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.)
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.
cooks of crocus hill
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.
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).