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shopping for conical strainer in Toronto

I'm making a stock today and I want to know a place close to Broadview and Danforth that sells a professional quality conical strainer can anyone help?

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  1. Tap Phong
    360 Spadina ave

    they'll have it for sure

    a little distance for you tho
    but great prices for what you need

      1. re: ChalkBoy

        I recently purchased one at the Dollar Store in the Loblaws complex at Leslie and Lakeshore: 5 bucks!

      2. The Cook's Place at Danforth & Logan might have one

        1. What you're looking for is called a "chinois" and is available at restaurant supply shops and higher end cookware shops. I'd avoid anything for $5, but be warned that a good-quality stainless steel chinois is not cheap.

          Aside from Dinetz, other restaurant supply stores downtown include Nella on Queen East, Nella Cucina on Bathurst north of Bloor, and Nicolau at Queen and Bathurst.

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          1. re: Tatai

            thanks for the help folks, I went to Tap Phong. they had acouple of choices

            1. re: haggisdragon

              Golda's in Mississauga will ship, and the $60 priceseems fair, at least for them. What did you get at Tap Phong?
              Golda's doesn't have the fine mesh that aser describes, but I would be interested in knowing whether Tap Phong does, and how much.

              1. re: jayt90

                Tap Phong had 3 or 4 choices of chinois, with varying fineness of mesh, and varying size. I went with the one with the finest mesh, which to my eye was quite fine. It has one guard. It is made in china. Paid $35. I've used it several times now for stock and purees and it is both sturdy and fine enough for my puposes.

                1. re: haggisdragon

                  Sounds like a good deal. I just picked up a china cap and a chinois (Lacor brand, very heavy duty) at Canada Food Equipment. The chinois was around $40, so if yours is similar, you definitely got a good deal. I just wish I was closer to Tap Phong....

                  Canada Food Equipment Ltd
                  45 Vansco Rd, Toronto, ON M8Z, CA

          2. there are actually two types of strainers most commonly used in restaurants. One is the china cap (cheaper), which strains but isn't terribly fine. The second is a chinoise (expensive), which gives you the fine cheesecloth like quality w/o the pain of using cheesecloths.


            1. On a similar note, does anyone have an idea where to find a tamis in Toronto?

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              1. re: Mila

                Mila, if you're looking for a professional drum sieve, the restaurant supply stores mentioned above would have them. If you're looking for the Indian version, you might try the kitchenware shops on Gerrard in Little India.

                1. re: Tatai

                  Thanks Tatai, I generally drop into most of the kitchen supply stores on a semi regular based (a bit of an addiction) and haven't yet found one. I had not considered Little India. Would they be of the same quality?

                  1. re: Mila

                    I'm not really sure, but the cookware stores in Little India are very well stocked.

                    A drum sieve is not something you'd likely find in home kitchenware stores. I'd give the restaurant supply stores a call and ask them. And I'd ask for a drum sieve rather than a tamis (one never knows whether the person answering the phone knows all terms for all utensils).

                2. re: Mila

                  i saw a small 10" tamis at the supply store on the main floor of SLM
                  It was $22 for an all metal one I believe
                  The woman who works there (owner?) didn't know what a Tamis was but they do sell one!

                  EDIT: for posterity i should add that they do sell chinois as well but I didn't price them out. They didn't have very large ones though.

                  1. re: CoffeeAddict416

                    If you are looking for a Tamis sieve - check out www.cookingtreasures.com - they have several sizes available. I believe they are based out of Quebec.

                    Sur la Table in the USA also has a French version available 12" in mid March 2009.