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where to buy locally: vitrolero aka agua fresca jar

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rubadubgdub Jun 18, 2012 10:49 AM

I'm looking for a glass one that can hold at least 3G. I've already visited Costco, Pier 1, Cost Plus, Bev Mo, Mi Puebla and they don't have. Are there any known local sources for this? EBay or SF would be ideal.

  1. Ruth Lafler Jun 18, 2012 10:54 AM

    I would call some restaurant supply stores and/or drop into your favorite Mexican place and ask where they buy them.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler
      Melanie Wong Jun 18, 2012 07:44 PM

      Or ask a taqueria if you can buy the whole batch of horchata including the jar!

    2. pamf Jun 18, 2012 11:30 AM

      Check out Smart & Final. The Costco in Hayward is a "business center" they have more restaurant supply merchandise than the regular Costco stores.

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        Ruth Lafler Jun 18, 2012 01:47 PM

        I was thinking of Smart & Final, too. Seems like the kind of thing they'd have. But for heaven's sake call instead of driving around!

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          rubadubgdub Jun 18, 2012 02:04 PM

          Thanks for these suggestions. Believe it or not, quite a few retail people don't know what an agua fresca jar is! I'm drawing some blanks when I describe. They seem to think that 2Q jars with spigots are comparable.

          1. re: rubadubgdub
            Ruth Lafler Jun 18, 2012 02:14 PM

            I'm guessing if they don't know what it is, they don't have one!

      2. letsindulge Jun 18, 2012 12:34 PM

        Maybe try the SJ Berryessa flea market.

        1. little big al Jun 18, 2012 09:26 PM

          A couple of years ago I got a GIANT pickle type jar (I'd guess about 2 or 3 gallons) at The Container Store. I recall they had a pretty good selection of glass canning stuff too.

          1. Robert Lauriston Jun 19, 2012 09:10 AM

            Have you tried East Bay Restaurant Supply or Jetro?

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              Ruth Lafler Jun 19, 2012 09:58 AM

              Jetro is (supposedly) not open to the public. You have to have a business license for a food-related business or be a nonprofit organization. Do they not enforce these rules?

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                Robert Lauriston Jun 19, 2012 10:39 AM

                To shop at Jetro you need a membership card. I can't recall what documentation they require to give you one.

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                  Ruth Lafler Jun 19, 2012 10:46 AM

                  What I posted is what their website states. Apparently it's not like Costco, where basically anyone can get a membership card.

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                    Robert Lauriston Jun 19, 2012 12:35 PM

                    They don't make much effort to enforce it, at least not at the Oakland store, which sells retail (i.e. charges sales tax). I think some of the other branches are wholesale-only so they'd have to have a reseller number for each transaction.

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              rubadubgdub Jul 2, 2012 12:01 PM

              Thanks for all the tips. I located small (20L, $20.99) and large (40L, $40.99) glass jars w lids at East Bay Restaurant Supply.

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              1. re: rubadubgdub
                Ruth Lafler Jul 2, 2012 12:24 PM

                Thanks for reporting back! I love restaurant supply stores.

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                  rubadubgdub Jul 6, 2012 03:13 PM

                  Amendment: Small is 10L and $22.99.

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