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Old 12-15-2009, 11:36 PM   #1
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Baking Equipmen?

Anyone know of any stores in vancouver that sells strictly baking equipments, tools and and all that baking stuff? I know you can find most of the usual stuff at safeway and stuff but I'm looking for a little more than that
I've seen some places in the states, but dont think i've seen any here in vancouver

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Old 12-16-2009, 12:33 AM   #2
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gourmet warehouse
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all of these are kitchen related stores with baking equipment
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Places like Home Sense, Home Outfitters have a lot of baking supplies as well. I've gotten some of my stuff from Zellars. Depends how much you wanna spend.
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don't go to those overpriced places. if you want real baking equipment, i would get it from a restaurant supply store. the equipment isn't as pretty as those stores(more simple) but they are built to handle rigors of an industrial kitchen.

http://www.pacificrestaurantsupply.com/ E. Hastings

http://www.dunlevyfoodequipment.com/htdocs2/index.html W. 7th ave

There's also Russell's equipment near venables? and clark drive.

there's genesis on powell st and 1 block east of victoria drive.
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Old 12-18-2009, 06:04 AM   #5
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gourmet warehouse on hastings n clarke a big store with cooking equipment
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Honestly what kind of "baking equipment" are you looking for? Baking is not rocket science nor surgery, not even close to even fixing your car.. you only need VERY minimal specialised equipment to get started. The items I list below, you need for any cooking in a kitchen anyways.

Heck when my gf and I were at university, we made most of our stuff from danish pastries to muffins etc with just our hands. (She is Danish so apparently baking knowledge is genetic

What you will ever need:
0. Notebook, Calculator and Pen.. very important to record what you do, so when you screw up you can fix it.
1. Measuring cups and scale (cheap at CT, you can never have enough)
2. Baking sheets (silicone and paper type)
3. A KitchenAid Professional mixer.. get a few extra mixing bowls, so you don't have to wash up.
4. $10 bucks mixers from Walmart (get at least 2, just use 1 motor and have the extra beaters so you can keep on using the mixing when a pair get contaminated).. this is for beating eggs eg things you find the Kitchenaid too cumbersome.
5. Plenty of silicone brushes (grab a dozen), extreme useful for glazing
6. Sieve (for pie crusts and crumbles), get a few.. ones with fine opening, it is all in the wrist.
7. The $10 Marble roller from Superstore if you are into pastries.
8. Grab an extra large glass jars with silicone seals for flour / sugar, buy in bulk.
9. Bowls (I prefer glass, because I don't like giving people Alzheimer and they are dish washer safe)
10. Ice trays, you need to cool down the pastries, so ice is sometimes needed.
11. Non serated knife to cut dough
12. Big HEPA vacuum cleaner.. preferrably a Hoover or a Dyson.. it makes clean up so much easier.
13. A actual proper working oven thermometer (not the one built in).

You might need a cook book or the web for a few recipes and just try. All the recipes are the same, you just need to adjust it to the amount / size of the batch you make. It is very important to write in your notebook what you varied etc.

I like fluffy pastries, so I make about 5lb of them and divide them 1/2lb batches in one go. That probably takes the longest in the realm baking because a batch takes 5 hours for about 8 folds.

One tip: Vanilla extract, get a 1L mason jar, go to Whole Foods / Capers etc and grab 2-3 test tubes of vanilla beans (split them), then soak them in vodka.. voila.. vanilla extract for life in 2 weeks.

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nice list, I do a lot of cooking but very little baking though you reminded of some simple stuff I could really use (marble rolling pin, sieve, silicon brushes).
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I am not sure you want baking equipment that can "handle the rigors of an industrial kitchen" especially when people are starting out.. when I think about those equipment, it is those Hobart mixers that are 5 foot high.. those are the typical equipment that used in bakery.

Baking is all about scaling up.. not much about butchness or the sophistication of equipment, because it is all mixing anyways.

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don't go to those overpriced places. if you want real baking equipment, i would get it from a restaurant supply store. the equipment isn't as pretty as those stores(more simple) but they are built to handle rigors of an industrial kitchen.

http://www.pacificrestaurantsupply.com/ E. Hastings

http://www.dunlevyfoodequipment.com/htdocs2/index.html W. 7th ave

There's also Russell's equipment near venables? and clark drive.

there's genesis on powell st and 1 block east of victoria drive.
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:32 AM   #10
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Pretty much the guys above pointed out where you should go. also depends what you are planning to bake though.

Cakes, muffins, bread, cookies, etc... Going to need different baking trays for them.

Make sure you get some parchment paper and cooking oil spray.

Check out walmart as well... Some of the muffins pans are pretty cheap.
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I am not sure you want baking equipment that can "handle the rigors of an industrial kitchen" especially when people are starting out.. when I think about those equipment, it is those Hobart mixers that are 5 foot high.. those are the typical equipment that used in bakery.

Baking is all about scaling up.. not much about butchness or the sophistication of equipment, because it is all mixing anyways.
not like hobart mixers, but like whisks and baking sheets and all that basic stuff you can get from restaurant supply shops for better deals than ming wo and stuff.
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