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Mother of four Nov 5, 2010 08:17 PM

Does anyone have a recommendation for some good heavy weight Stainless steel mixing bowls?

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    Leolady RE: Mother of four Nov 6, 2010 09:28 AM

    Vollrath commercial SS bowls from a restaurant supply store. Get the best and heaviest.

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      Mother of four RE: Leolady Nov 6, 2010 02:02 PM

      Did a search and came up with this website. Hard to tell if this is what you are talking about. They don't seem very expensive.

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        dscheidt RE: Mother of four Nov 6, 2010 03:14 PM

        Vollrath do (at least) two lines of mixing bowls. Ones pretty heavy weight stuff, the other is much lighter, and much cheaper. The ones with numbers starting 69 are the heavy ones.

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          Mother of four RE: dscheidt Nov 10, 2010 02:30 PM

          Went to look at a bowl that I just picked up at a nearby Restaurant supply house and lo and behold it said Vollrath on the back with the number 69. I am now on my way way to pick up a few more. I had to laugh, I was at Sur La Table this afternoon and here was the exact Vollrath bowl that I had bought, with a price tag that was a whole lot more then what I paid!!
          Love the restaurant supply stores!

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            Leolady RE: Mother of four Nov 10, 2010 04:12 PM

            Congrats! Glad you liked my advice.

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        bushwickgirl RE: Leolady Nov 6, 2010 03:02 PM

        Ditto on the Vollrath, the standard brand in restaurant kitchens, although I did get a set of three from eBay last year, Oxo Good Grips, very heavy, "bronzed" (as in color) on the exterior, no hanging ring, curved lip, just as good as the heavy duty models from Vollrath. I've seen the same set used on Chopped, if that's any recommendation. I paid significantly less for the set than the amazon price. I think Target sells these as well. I've dropped them with no damage, dents or dings.


        My fav restaurant supply website, low, low prices:


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          ospreycove RE: bushwickgirl Nov 6, 2010 03:18 PM

          motherof4, I can give high ratings to both Vollrath and Katom. I have used Katom for years, and find them to be great to do business with. They are out of Tn, I think, and they are primarily internet/catalog. As for SS mixing bowls, as others here have said go for the best gauge it is something you USE, not like a Thanksgiving or Christmas design platter.....lol

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        SamCanon RE: Mother of four Nov 10, 2010 10:00 AM

        Great selection of mixing bowls at Ashton Green which is here in Toronto (lots of sizes)


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          ZeroSignal RE: Mother of four Nov 10, 2010 10:15 AM

          Vollrath bowls are very nice and made in USA. But some people dont like how they are built higher than some of the import commercial S/S mixing bowls which are usually lower and wider.

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            will47 RE: Mother of four Nov 10, 2010 12:53 PM

            Nthing Volrath. I have a couple of Polar Ware brand coated SS ones, which I think are roughly comparable, and maybe available for a little cheaper.

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              ZeroSignal RE: will47 Nov 10, 2010 12:58 PM

              Polarware is Vollraths only real competion anymore on quality S/S products made in USA so they are good, some of there stuff is even better

            2. ZenSojourner RE: Mother of four Nov 11, 2010 01:29 AM

              Can I ask why you prefer stainless steel over glass or ceramic?

              I'm not making a value judgment at all. I've used SS bowls but I don't like them, for no particular reason really. I'm just more comfortable with a glass or stoneware/ceramic bowl because I'm ancient and that's what we had back when dinosaurs roamed the earth. It's what I'm used to, basically. The only exception is the SS bowl that clips into my KA mixer, and even that I've occasionally wistfully wished was milk glass, like the bowl that went with our Sunbeam Mixmaster when I was a kid.

              I'm wondering if you see some advantage to the SS.

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                bushwickgirl RE: ZenSojourner Nov 11, 2010 02:24 AM

                SS doesn't break, chip or crack, but ceramics do, to start with; SS lasts forever. It's better for heat or cold retention than glass and ceramic, unless the glass is borosilicate, and heavy pottery bowls retain heat and cold very well, but not necessarily thinner ceramics/porcelain. I'd rather chill a SS bowl in the freezer for whipping cream than glass, for example, for a few reasons. Can you put a glass or ceramic bowl directly on a flame, like you can with SS? No, but you can use them in the MV and all of these materials in an oven, as long as the glass is tempered. Good ceramics tend to be more expensive than SS as well. SS is normally lighter in weight than pottery, a consideration for some people.

                I like glass and ceramic, it's more stylish than the very functional SS, and have a few, but I always grab the SS first. I prefer to let bread dough rise in pottery, prefer to store food in the frig in glass (visibility being a plus.) I use SS for just about every other cooking application. The SS bowls I own are stored on the top of the frig, grab handy, while the other stuff is hidden away. I think it's a good policy to have a mix of materials and a few sets of bowls in every kitchen.

                It's kind of a personal decision what bowl material you chose, there's no right or wrong, but there are some minor advantages to SS, usage-wise and longevity speaking.

                Restaurants rarely use glass anything in kitchens, tempered or otherwise, too risky. SS is the norm.

                "Pottery pieces have been found that date back to 1400 to 1200 BC, making this craft much older than the craft of making porcelain. " Yes, ancient.

                I well remember the white glass bowl on my mom's stand mixer and how bummed out she was when it broke.

                1. re: bushwickgirl
                  breadchick RE: bushwickgirl Nov 11, 2010 04:36 PM

                  bushwickgirl, funny you mention putting a s/s bowl on a burner.

                  Years ago, pretty much the same era that ZenSojourner refers to, I couldn't find a wok. There wasn't a store in town that sold them. I took my 13 inch s/s mixing bowl and would use it for all my stir fying. As long as I worked fast, it was fine.

                  I still have that bowl (it works perfectly for my huge batch of gingerbread cookie dough right around this time of year) and the burn marks on the bottom remind me that at one time I didn't have much but made do. It makes me smile.

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                    ZenSojourner RE: breadchick Nov 11, 2010 05:04 PM

                    I was just trying to figure out when I would want to put a mixing bowl on a burner, LOL!

                    The fact that SS makes for a lighter weight mixing bowl may become a factor in what I'm using sooner than I would like. I think in 50 years I've only ever broken one mixing bowl when I dropped it (full of cookie dough). It did make a mess!

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                      bushwickgirl RE: ZenSojourner Nov 11, 2010 06:01 PM

                      "mixing bowl on a burner"

                      I've had a few occasions to do it when I was a pro chef, made hollandaise right on the burner, gas on low. Whisk very fast, pull it off if it's getting too hot, to control the heat, quick and lazy chef's way to cook, no water bath. I've seen crazy pastry chefs do it for curd and pastry cream. Now these are heavy SS bowls I'm talking about, not the light thin ones. Bowl gets hot, fingers get singed, it's all good.

                      breadchick, you were using your creative noggin, very, very good.

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                        ZenSojourner RE: bushwickgirl Nov 11, 2010 07:00 PM

                        These are things I don't ever do, but it sure is fun seeing how other people do things!

                        I'm becoming a kitchen voyeur, I'm afraid . . .

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                          bushwickgirl RE: ZenSojourner Nov 11, 2010 07:19 PM

                          If you try the hollandaise, and are successful, you will definitely impress your friends. It's not that easy, requires practice, split second timing and a watchful eye, but it's fun. And quick.

                          breadchick's SS bowl/wok story reminded me of something else, I once saw a cook brown a large quantity of stew beef in a SS bowl stove top. All I can think of was that he was too darn lazy to walk over to the shelving a get a large roasting pan, but it worked. Why not, it's SS, a wok type shape, heat conductive, etc.

                  2. re: bushwickgirl
                    breadchick RE: bushwickgirl Nov 11, 2010 04:42 PM

                    What I forgot to mention, is that my favorite bowls I've been using forever are the Mason Cash mixing bowls. I have them all - from huge to small. I'm also admitting to having a real fetish for mixing bowls. I don't need any new ones, but then again... ;-)

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                      bushwickgirl RE: breadchick Nov 13, 2010 03:47 AM

                      I do like those Mason Cash bowls, great for bread dough risings. They look so nice.
                      I ♥ them.

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                        emily RE: bushwickgirl Aug 9, 2011 12:49 PM

                        Has anyone noticed that the Mason Cash bowls have gone downhill in quality? They were hard to find for a while and the company went through some ownership changes from 2004-2007. Finally got my hands on some new bowls to add to my collection and they are thinner and much less heavy than the ones I purchased 10 years ago. Even the bowl shape is different.

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                          bushwickgirl RE: emily Aug 9, 2011 02:11 PM

                          Well, that's not good news at all. The last one I had was maybe 20+ years old and is gone now. Maybe I'll look for used on ebay. Thanks for the sad heads up.

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                            andrewtree RE: bushwickgirl Aug 9, 2011 03:50 PM

                            Bought a new larger Mason Cash off ebay last year to add to my collection, seems identical to my older ones that I've had for 20 plus years in weight/quality/shape. Perhaps it was old stock.

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                              emily RE: andrewtree Aug 9, 2011 04:12 PM

                              I bought mine from Pacific Merchants, which is supposedly now the exclusive distributor of Mason Cash bowls in the US. Even the raised cane pattern is more pronounced than on my old bowls, which makes them look vaguely like a knockoff product.

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                            breadchick RE: emily Aug 9, 2011 06:27 PM

                            Sad to hear. Glad I bought mine before the downturn in quality!

                      2. re: bushwickgirl
                        Jay F RE: bushwickgirl Nov 12, 2010 04:55 AM

                        What bushwickgirl said.

                      3. re: ZenSojourner
                        mikie RE: ZenSojourner Nov 11, 2010 05:19 AM

                        I recently saw a new KA mixer with a glass bowl. It's a 90th anaversary issue, but the bowl is available seperately at Amazon. Here's the link to the KA press release:

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                          ZenSojourner RE: mikie Nov 11, 2010 06:12 AM

                          I have mixed feelings about that .. .

                          saaaad because it only fits tilt head models and I have the other kind

                          relieved because it's $80 and I'd have a tough time justifying that LOL!

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                            bushwickgirl RE: ZenSojourner Nov 11, 2010 07:03 AM

                            Well, you can see what's in it, as opposed to SS. ;-) Aside from that, it's really nostalgic. I can't believe KA's been around for 90 years. I haven't, but KA's been on my life for at least half that itme.

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                          Mother of four RE: ZenSojourner Nov 11, 2010 07:21 AM

                          Exactly what bushwickgirl said. The glass bowl for the KA looks interesting, but not interested in paying that kind of money for it.

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