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.