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Finding wholesaler

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Harpreet

Finding wholesaler

Dear friends,

I am new to this website and also to Canada. I live in Calgary right now. Moved from Belgium. I am looking for a wholesale shop for baking ingredients here in Calgary. 
what I found was bulk barn but they don’t have everything plus they are expensive too. Does someone have some info abt this. 
greetings to everyone 

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idaveindy

Are you looking to stock up your home pantry, or are you purchasing for a commercial bakery, a store, or a restaurant?

Are you going to purchase wholesale quantities once a week, once a month, or once/twice a year?

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Harpreet

I am looking for purchasing for commercial bakkery. I am not finding everything I need . For example alkali , no body knows here what alkali is and where to find out. There are many bakkery ingredients that I need but no idea about wholesaler here.

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idaveindy

This looks good:

https://www.canpages.ca/business/AB/calgary/calgary-ne/bakers-equipment-and-supplies-wholesalers-&or-manufacturers/91N255-060000.html

Just a starting point. But I hope that helps.

You could also park your car, early morning, near a restaurant/bakery near you, and look to see whose trucks make deliveries, look for the supplier name and maybe phone number on the side of the truck.

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Harpreet

Thanks dear idaveind....I will look for it...

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idaveindy

Sat Sri Akal, amigo!   And "bon chance" with your new boulangerie.

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Suggestion:  I don't know what "alkali" is either.  So may I suggest that you google the terms/names of things to find the standard "North American" English translation.  You may have to start in Hindi, or Punjabi, or French, and make a list of synonyms.   Note that North American English is often different than British English.  And Canadian English has some differences with U.S. English.

Is "alkali" what we call baking soda/sodium bicarbonate ?

Welcome to (North) America!

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Harpreet

Ha ha ha sat shri akal amigo,

alkali is an international name too and chemical composition is ammonium bicarbonate. But here in Canada nobody has even heard abt it..

will continue with my search.

thanks 

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idaveindy

(Maybe Our Crumb, or Doc Dough can chime in.) 

Anyway, did you try this?: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=ammonium+bicarbonate+supplier+canada&t=ffip&ia=web

You might want to check with your local food inspectors in Calgary, to learn the regulations of using it in commercial setting.

Anyway, I also found this: https://www.cooksillustrated.com/how_tos/6284-what-is-bakers-ammonia

Two other names for it in North America are "baker's ammonia" and "hartshorn."  So use those when asking suppliers for it.

Update: yes, it is sold in Canada: https://www.vanillafoodcompany.ca/Baker-s-Ammonia-76-5-g-2-7-oz-LorAnn-p/lor6007-0600-par.htm

also: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=baker%27s%20ammonia%20canada&t=ffip

And King Arthur Flour sells it in the U.S.: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/bakers-ammonia-ammonium-carbonate-27-oz

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Harpreet

I got ur msg dear. In Belgium it’s used to bake cookies. May be it’s not bicarbonate but just carbonate. But whatever if it’s not available here then I will use the substitute.

another question, how u make bread in normal Ovan what is available here. It does not have a fan, it just heats up. I have worked with a Mile steam oven in Belgium at my place, with that is so easy.

do u have some tips for me for this oven? 

Thanku so much for your help.

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idaveindy

It sounds to me like you need a helper to help you and show you in person.

Maybe you can find a friend at your Gurdwara to visit your home and teach you, or at least help you while you take your favorite recipe and learn to make it in an oven that is not a convection (fan) oven.

 

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Harpreet

Hello dear,

Thanks for a answer. Here we have Frigidaire oven without fan. I will check on YouTube , what is ideal temperature to bake a bread in this oven.

will definitely share with u if it turns out to be good.😊