Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Restaurant Supply Store Deals

Did I mention that I like to get good deals on food? Did I also mention that I like to get good deals on kitchen tools? So naturally, while on vacation in New York, I found myself in the aisles of a restaurant supply store in the lower east side. I know they exist in DC, but there is just something about New York that just makes me want to spend money. So at the WIN Restaurant Supply store, these are the items I picked up:

Lately, my friends and I have had a lot of big dinner parties and the one thing that I would really like to correct is our use of disposable plates and utensils. It really bothers me that we 1) spend money on these things each time we have a party 2) that it all goes in the trash at the end of the night. To solve this, I want to start a "party supply box" with utensils and plates that we can easily transport to each others houses when other people are hosting. I found these forks for 50 cents a piece. I'm looking for a good deal on some Correlle dishes since they are durable and easy to store.

This is probably my favorite item that I purchased this weekend. Its a "scum skimmer." At least, that is my name for it. Its a tool that you can use to skim to scum that floats to the top of your stock/broth when cooking soups. Its great because you remove the oil and junk that floats to the top and end up with clear, delicious stock or broth. I got this one for $2.55.

While cooking some fried chicken with Jenny, her thermometer was broken. I decided to replace her broken one with an industrial grade one because I hope she will fry chicken with me again and because I am not the most gentle person with tools. I don't plan to break her second thermometer. This one was picked up for $6.50

Paula Deen is known for her use of butter but what I always remember about her cooking is her "house seasoning" which is salt, pepper, and garlic salt. I've used it pretty frequently in recipes so I've decided to create a little container for it. I got this for $1.14.

So this was not purchased at the restaurant supply store. This was purchased at Crate and Barrell for $10. It was so pretty and felt so durable that I had to have it. This picture doesn't do it justice.

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