Can someone tell me where I can buy baking supplies like yeast, special flour, thermometer, etc. in Westchester County NY. I live in Somers,NY in Northern Westchester.
CountryBoy - check out this website for a restaurant supply house in White Plains:
I got a lot of my favorite gear in a similar restaurant supply house in Kingston, NY. They usually have commercial quality, hard-to-find items at very good prices, especially things like gadgets, storage containers, and heavy duty aluminium sheet pans. For example, the dough cutters with wooden handles I see on some websites priced at $7-$10 were only $1.99 each at the Kingston store.
As far as baking ingredients, you should be able to find everything you need in a good supermarket, unless you want everything to be organic - then your best bet is to find a large health food market or whole foods store, they usually carry some harder to find ingredients like good quality organic flours, rye flour, spelt flour, stone-ground whole wheat, sea salt, etc. Large packages of instant yeast I have seen in Sam's Club, but I ordered mine form the King Arthur Baker's Catalog. Most supermarkets in NY carry 3 or 4 varieties of King Arthur flour (white AP, bread, white whole wheat, and regular whole wheat) - which are all excellent flours. I also got a can of non-diastatic malt syrup (the kind home -brew beer makers use) at my local Hannaford supermarket, which I use in the Columbia bread to darken the crust and add a nice flavor, and I have also seen it for sale in other supermarkets.
Thank you as always for your very magnificent answers.
A nice drive and weekend trip to Vermont might be in order for you as well. My sister lives in Mamaroneck and it is about 5 hours to King Arthur Flour from her house. I have been there once and will be going again in a month. It is definately worth the trip up there just to see the wide variety of items they have available as well as getting yourself well supplied with yeast and flour. Just a thought...
Rena in Delaware
Interesting thought. Thank you.
Ciao. I've lived in the area for over 25 years, here's my advice: go into the city and stock up. Take a run on the Bowery and stock up on the pans, bowls, etc. I also like to go to the Chinese restaurant supply place on the corner of Lafayette & Houston.
The only place I've found that sells fresh cake yeast is at the Italian Market over at Chelsea Market. They also have a good selection of Italian flour.
By the time you scour around up there, its far cheaper and ultimately easier to do a big buy in the city. Painful...but true, at least for me.
Otto Brehm in Yonkers has everything for me and is relatively close: http://www.ottobrehm.com/
I only use KAF flours which they carry: Sir Lancelot, Galahad, Special Blend plus a tried couple of private lable products which turned out very well.
They also carry the SAF gold label instant yeast which is a much better yeast I found and now only use that exclusively.
And I'm not a big time baker by any means so its nice that you can right walk in and buy 1 or 2 bags of flour when needed - cash only of course which is no big deal as the flours mentioned are ~$25 each which is very competitive.