Where Do You Buy Kitchen Tools, Pans, Appliances?
I have seen many references to websites scattered through threads but no thread devoted to the subject, that I can find. Please do not contribute food sites, unless food is ancillary to hardware.
There is a thread for online food sources here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5035...
Here's my list. I have not bought from all of them and there are some solely for knives. Many are referrals from other people.
I am about to purchase new appliances and am specifically looking for induction cooktop sources (but everything else will be replaced, too). So, for me, I want to include major appliances.
http://www.chefsresource.com/ rated as good
http://www.abestkitchen.com/ Restaurant Supplies
http://www.cookwarenmore.com/ AllClad Irregulars
http://www.jbprince.com/ Kitchen Tools & Equipment
http://chefscatalog.com/ Rated as good place
http://www.cutleryandmore.com/ not only knives-a good place (several purchases)
http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/l... Baker's Catalog Online Store (numerous purchases)
http://www.chefdepot.net/ disorganized site
http://www.epicedge.com/ Japanese and European professional chefs knives
http://shop.niimi.okayama.jp/kajiya/e... Takeda knives http://www.japanesechefsknife.com/RYU... Japanese Kitchen Knives
http://www.korin.com/mainCategory.php... Fine Japanese Tableware and Chef Knives
You might add, depending upon the items you have in mind:
http://store.lamsonsharp.com/catalog/... -- knives
http://www.differentdrummerskitchen.com/ -- cherrypicked good selection
http://www.crateandbarrel.com/ -- bakeware occasionally; decent basic pieces
I've used all the following companies.
http://www.superiordentalsupply.com/l... ~ Prep gloves
http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.green... ~ Coffee making and roasting equipment.
Unless you have some idea of what coffee you like, a sampler might be the best way to go.
I like some of the coffee from Nicaragua, Ethiopia, Sumatra and Yemen. Don't care for Colombian or South American coffee in general.
They don't have the coffee I normally roast right now (a 100% pure Java Cultivar estate grown in Nicaraguan from heirloom seed stock), have a pound or two green left so I need to place an order.
Guess I'm going to try the Nicaragua Limoncillo Pacamara.
Scargod asks: "Oh, Lordy! I want to order coffee.....
What do you get, and why?"
http://cmebrewcoffee.com/roasted_coff... His prices are low enough that you can order several varietals and compare them.
The original -- really -- coffee, the one from which all others descend, is Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. There are those (we are among them) who think that Yirgacheffe remains the best coffee in the world.
http://sweetmarias.com/prod.roasted.php - only two coffee varietals offered every other Wednesday only -- but GREAT coffee. The same place is the best site to purchase home coffee roasting equipment and green beans to roast at home, when you are ready.
I suggest http://transcendcoffee.com. The shipping is reasonable, and I know the owner and roaster and they're top notch. The owner is the kind of guy that actually flies to visit the farms that he's getting beans from, and the roaster has won barista championships and really knows his stuff. They sell only a little bit of green stuff, but they also believe in appropriately ageing the coffee after roasting it. Sometimes freshly roasted stuff isn't ready to go straight into the grinder.
They even have a coffee subscription where you get a new, interesting roast every month. Well worth it, especially if you're in Canada.
9869 62 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E, CA
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Scargod, you say that you are "specifically looking for induction cooktop sources," but you do not list the very most important place to look first: http://theinductionsite.com/
That said, we had to replace our ten-year-old Jenn-Air induction cooktop in January (because after Whirlpool Corporation acquired Jenn-Air's parent Maytag, apparently not only did they orphan all existing Jenn-Air appliances in the field, they also lost the entire database of parts and model numbers, so repair of our old unit was impossible), and we went, as we always do, to locally owned stores to find a replacement. When the local stores were unable to help us find a satisfactory replacement, we (VERY reluctantly) went to "big box" retailer Best Buy, http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.j... where we unexpectedly received excellent service and even an excellent price on an LG LCE30845. We were very surprised, and pleasantly surprised, at the level of service.
For cookware to use on your induction cooktop, do not fail to check out:
http://naturalimport.com/castiron - Iwachu Nambu Tekki cookware
http://www.cookswares.com/listbyline.... - ideally suited to induction cooking, with or withoout the pressure tops
http://winterberry.com/HTML/Cast%20Ir... - maybe the best enameled cast-iron cookware in the world
http://www.signaturehardware.com/prod... - excellent pots for use on induction cooktops
http://www.fjorn.com/iittala-tools.html - Hackman Tools (Finnish) cookware
And, for another knife site, see:
I didn't save that site, but it has a wealth of information about the technology and brands. It is a UK site so I don't think I will be buying from them.
Best Buy is not a place that I really want to buy from but I will check it out. We have an account with them and haven't liked the experience that much. Their Geek Squad was a bust, when tried.
The cookware is an issue and I am willing to give away some of my AllClad if I must. Only one or two pieces will work. I may get three of the Wolf "modules" and get a gas module and two induction modules; thus I would have a use for some of my cookware.
Miele gives you a $200 discount on Demeyere's Atlantis 5 piece cookware set.
Thanks for adding to the good links!
Scargod wrote: "I didn't save that site, but it has a wealth of information about the technology and brands. It is a UK site so I don't think I will be buying from them."
If you are referring to http://theinductionsite.com/ the owner of the site is located in the State of Washington. The site does not actually sell units directly, but it acts as a front end for other sites (in the United States) that do sell directly, and there is no price penalty for using the front-end service. For instance, if you purchased a Siemens cooktop from theinductionsite.com. the actual order fulfillment would be through AJ Madison. There is a page at the site that has arguments for ordering through theinductionsite.com rather than dealing directly with the fulfillment retailers .
Most lines of AllClad work well with induction, but I expect that you have researched that point. Our former Jenn-Air was a hybrid unit (similar to a current Electrolux unit) that had two induction elements and two rapid response ribbon radiant units. A few months after we had it installed, we realized that the only time we had used the radiant burners since the date of installation was when we needed three or four burners at once -- and then we would have used three or four induction burners had they been available. That was when we gave away our few pots and pans that were nonmagnetic, and we never have missed them, not for a moment. There is a video at http://boschappliances.com/videos_ind... that compares the time it takes to boil the same pot of water on glass-top electric (9 minutes 45 seconds), gas (7 minutes 1 second), and induction (3 minutes 39 seconds).
The Demeyere Atlantis line (and the similarly constructed Sirocco line) are super pots and pans. Miele makes some fine appliances; we have one of their dishwashers, and love it. We ruled Miele out for a cooktop because, among nominally 30" units, the Miele is the widest side-to-side and the shallowest front-to-back, and we already had a more conventionally shaped hole in the top of our countertop where the Jenn-Air had been. The very high power of the largest burner on thr Miele seemed attractive, but the lower power largest burner on the LG that we eventually bought is amazingly fast, and I cannot imagine any possible use for a more powerful burner.
By the way, the site (Fjorn Scandanavian) of the link in my earlier post for the Hackman Tools cookware also sells Hackman All Steel cookware, less expensive than Hackman Tools, and also induction ready.
Thank you! That is all good info. I question whether to do the two-one arrangement. I also have a Weber grill with one burner, on the side. I use it for roasting peppers and as a backup burner; like, for keeping beans hot. It doesn't have enough BTU's for my wok. That is another reason for the gas module. I may find I really like it for sauteing, too. Since you've had a induction stove, like, forever.... how did it work (or the one you have now), for sauteing. What if you hold the skillet and flip for a while? Or, what if you get the skillet too hot and need to lift it off and lower the setting? Does it go nuts?
I know some manufacturers have worked on this issue. I don't want an induction cooktop that shuts off too fast or is so child-proof that I can't enjoy using it. I have not found the specs for determining whether any of them have a reasonable delay in turning off, once you lift the pan. Does anyone know about this issue or what spec's apply or what I should ask?
Scargod asks: Since you have had a induction stove, like, forever.... how did it work (or the one you have now), for sauteing. What if you hold the skillet and flip for a while? Or, what if you get the skillet too hot and need to lift it off and lower the setting?"
The old Jenn-Air and the new LG have different mechanisms. When we lifted a pot off the Jenn-Air burner, the cooktop emitted a very loud and annoying beep -- so loud and so annoying that we never left the burner on without a pot on it for more than a few seconds. I honestly don't know if it had an automatic shut-off. The LG has no beep, but an automatic shut-off after 30 seconds if there is no pot on the burner.
But I must comment on another part of your question: "what if you get the skillet too hot and need to lift it off and lower the setting?" There is no need or reason to lift the pot off the burner, because with an induction cooktop the HEAT transfer (as opposed to the ENERGY transfer) between the pot and the cooktop is always from pot to cooktop, never from cooktop to pot. So when you turn the control down on the burner, the heat continues to flow from the pot to the cooktop and away from the pot. Turning OFF the control stops the magnetic energy transfer from the cooktop to the pot and is exactly the same as removing the pot from the burner.
The one drawback of an induction cooktop -- the only one of which I am aware -- has to do with the wok cooking to which you refer. The induction cooktop can supply more than sufficient BTUs -- that's not the problem -- but the best woks have round bottoms, and the magnetic field of an induction cooktop stays pretty close to the surface. Fortunately, Demeyere has addressed that problem, and makes a round-bottom wok that is claimed to work with induction cooktops. http://www.yourcookware.com/demeyere-... (Kuppersbush also makes an induction unit specifically for woks, but it is VERY expensive. http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajma...)