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kitchengoddess8 11-09-2014 05:17 PM

ISO reasonably-priced bakeware
 
What's a good source for reasonably priced bakeware - cookie sheets, muffin pans, etc. I was at BBB today and the prices seem a bit high. A mini muffin pan was $22.

Aunt Bea 11-09-2014 06:08 PM

I buy mine at estate sales.

bakechef 11-09-2014 06:08 PM

Restaurant supply, Amazon etc...

Real professional grade stuff from restaurant supply doesn't cost as much as you'd think, often cheaper than even Walmart. For instance 1/2 sheet size baking sheets for cookies and bars, $5 each at my restaurant supply. Loaf pans $7, cake pans $5. They are likely to last you a lifetime. We use these in a commercial environment and they get a lot of abuse and still hang together.

Using 40-50% coupons from craft stores can get you great deals on bakeware.

Katie H 11-09-2014 06:34 PM

I've purchased a number of items at Fantes. Their selection is awesome, along with all the helpful staff.

kitchengoddess8 11-09-2014 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Katie H (Post 1397294)
I've purchased a number of items at Fantes. Their selection is awesome, along with all the helpful staff.


Wow what a great comprehensive checklist! Really helps to see what I may be missing.

kitchengoddess8 11-09-2014 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by bakechef (Post 1397292)
Restaurant supply, Amazon etc...

Real professional grade stuff from restaurant supply doesn't cost as much as you'd think, often cheaper than even Walmart. For instance 1/2 sheet size baking sheets for cookies and bars, $5 each at my restaurant supply. Loaf pans $7, cake pans $5. They are likely to last you a lifetime. We use these in a commercial environment and they get a lot of abuse and still hang together.

Using 40-50% coupons from craft stores can get you great deals on bakeware.


Which of the restaurant supply brand names have a good reputation?

CWS4322 11-09-2014 08:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Katie H (Post 1397294)
I've purchased a number of items at Fantes. Their selection is awesome, along with all the helpful staff.

I'm embarrassed to admit I don't bake often, but I'm not missing many of these....not sure I'd need them...probably don't need all the stuff I have...not to mention the stuff that isn't on the list that I have...

BAKEWARE

***Apple baker
****Coeur a la creme mold
****Cornstick pan
****Madeleine pan
****Panettone mold
****Stollen mold

COFFEE & TEA

****Coffee roaster

COOKBOOKS (got those covered)

COOKWARE

***Paella pan
****Chestnut roaster
****Couscoussier
****Mongolian fire pot
****Pate mold
****Polenta pot
****Tagine
****Zabaglione pan

CUTLERY & RELATED TOOLS

****Aspic cutters
****Sushi & sashimi knives
****Truffle slicer

GADGETS

****Butane burner
****Caviar spoons & plates
****Duck press
****Pasta dryer
****Spaetzle maker
****Thermometer, wine
****Thermometer, yogurt
****Whipped cream maker

SMALL ELECTRICS
*Can opener (have a manual one)
****Gallette iron
****Raclette
****Pizzelle maker (that would be the krumkake/pizelle iron)

Kayelle 11-09-2014 08:35 PM

Try Ebay...

bakechef 11-09-2014 08:38 PM

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Originally Posted by kitchengoddess8 (Post 1397299)
Which of the restaurant supply brand names have a good reputation?

Honestly the brands that restaurant supply items regardless of the brand will be pretty tough. If your store carries multiple brands the workers there will tell you the chef's favorite.

kitchengoddess8 11-09-2014 09:54 PM

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Originally Posted by bakechef (Post 1397315)
Honestly the brands that restaurant supply items regardless of the brand will be pretty tough. If your store carries multiple brands the workers there will tell you the chef's favorite.


I'll have to look around and see if there are any restaurant supply stores near me. There used to be one a couple of blocks away but it closed :(

bakechef 11-10-2014 12:38 PM

Amazon carries all that stuff too, if there isn't a restaurant supply store nearby

Katie H 11-10-2014 01:33 PM

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Originally Posted by CWS4322 (Post 1397311)
I'm embarrassed to admit I don't bake often, but I'm not missing many of these....not sure I'd need them...probably don't need all the stuff I have...not to mention the stuff that isn't on the list that I have...

BAKEWARE

***Apple baker
****Coeur a la creme mold
****Cornstick pan
****Madeleine pan
****Panettone mold
****Stollen mold

COFFEE & TEA

****Coffee roaster

COOKBOOKS (got those covered)

COOKWARE

***Paella pan
****Chestnut roaster
****Couscoussier
****Mongolian fire pot
****Pate mold
****Polenta pot
****Tagine
****Zabaglione pan

CUTLERY & RELATED TOOLS

****Aspic cutters
****Sushi & sashimi knives
****Truffle slicer

GADGETS

****Butane burner
****Caviar spoons & plates
****Duck press
****Pasta dryer
****Spaetzle maker
****Thermometer, wine
****Thermometer, yogurt
****Whipped cream maker

SMALL ELECTRICS
*Can opener (have a manual one)
****Gallette iron
****Raclette
****Pizzelle maker (that would be the krumkake/pizelle iron)

I didn't suggest Fantes to imply that she needed everything they offer. they are a good place to get a general education about the hows and whys of some of the equipment used in a kitchen.

Any reasonable person has the free agency to pick and choose what they want and/or need.

I've always found their staff to be very informative and helpful when I've called them. They've never tried to sell me anything either. Just answer my questions. I appreciate that.

Kayelle 11-10-2014 01:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Katie H (Post 1397400)
I didn't suggest Fantes to imply that she needed everything they offer. they are a good place to get a general education about the hows and whys of some of the equipment used in a kitchen.

Any reasonable person has the free agency to pick and choose what they want and/or need.

I've always found their staff to be very informative and helpful when I've called them. They've never tried to sell me anything either. Just answer my questions. I appreciate that.

I understood your intention Katie. Most of us with complete kitchens have far too many cooking items we don't need, or even use. Unless one has unlimited space, and a boat load of money one needs to choose wisely.

Zagut 11-10-2014 06:24 PM

Until you know it's an item your going to use a lot you should go with the cheapest you can find. K-Mart, Walmart, etc. items are great to use for this. :wink:
Use them until they wear out and find the properties you need in said items. Sometimes the Cheapo version is all you need.

When you find you need an upgrade on something then a good internet search with your acquired knowledge is in order.

Every kitchen/chef needs something. :smile:

Figuring out what that is and how much to budget for it is a subjective thing.

I always start cheap and place any replacements into the learning curve.

Some of the cheapest things I ever acquired are still around and functioning very well after years of use. :rolleyes:

kitchengoddess8 11-10-2014 06:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Kayelle (Post 1397402)
I understood your intention Katie. Most of us with complete kitchens have far too many cooking items we don't need, or even use. Unless one has unlimited space, and a boat load of money one needs to choose wisely.


Yes space and cost are both considerations for me.

GotGarlic 11-10-2014 08:12 PM

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Originally Posted by Kayelle (Post 1397402)
I understood your intention Katie. Most of us with complete kitchens have far too many cooking items we don't need, or even use. Unless one has unlimited space, and a boat load of money one needs to choose wisely.

Agreed. When you decide you want to try making something that requires a new dish or piece of equipment, that's the time to look into buying it. Someone's arbitrary list isn't necessarily relevant to your needs.

TJ Maxx/Home Goods/Marshall's is also a good source of discount good-quality kitchen equipment, like KitchenAid and Cuisinart. But I have also bought several pieces from a local restaurant supply store.

GotGarlic 11-10-2014 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by CWS4322 (Post 1397311)
I'm embarrassed to admit I don't bake often, but I'm not missing many of these....not sure I'd need them...probably don't need all the stuff I have...not to mention the stuff that isn't on the list that I have...

No need to be embarrassed, CWS. Most people don't have that much stuff and most people don't need it. I would venture to say that people who do have all that stuff are either professional chefs or wannabes who are showing off. So I wouldn't worry about lacking any of it.

Cheryl J 11-10-2014 08:36 PM

I'm not at all embarrassed by my lack of bakeware (or baking skills) :lol: - if I want to bake something and don't have the exact pan it calls for, I make do with what I have, adjust the cooking time, and hope for the best! :ermm: :lol:

Kayelle 11-10-2014 08:49 PM

Some of us just don't enjoy baking, and many of us like me, sure don't need the calories involved. If I really want to do a cake, maybe twice a year, I use my 9x13 that I use all the time for other things. My cupcake pan is in the garage with various nuts and bolts in it. :lol:

kitchengoddess8 11-11-2014 11:35 PM

Has anyone tried silicone bakeware? I saw a silicone donut baking tray on a blog and was intrigued.

Sharptastic 11-16-2014 03:47 AM

I can't speak for anyone else but the Farberware nonstick seems to work okay for normal stuff like cookies, at least for me! Costco also had some NorPro (spelling?) baking pans, 2 for $14 or something like that, you may want to check there.

Addie 11-16-2014 06:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Zagut (Post 1397437)
Until you know it's an item your going to use a lot you should go with the cheapest you can find. K-Mart, Walmart, etc. items are great to use for this. :wink:
Use them until they wear out and find the properties you need in said items. Sometimes the Cheapo version is all you need.

When you find you need an upgrade on something then a good internet search with your acquired knowledge is in order.

Every kitchen/chef needs something. :smile:

Figuring out what that is and how much to budget for it is a subjective thing.

I always start cheap and place any replacements into the learning curve.

Some of the cheapest things I ever acquired are still around and functioning very well after years of use. :rolleyes:

So true. I have two mandolins. One is the Oxo stand alone and one is a hand held one that you can place over a bowl. The second one is the one I use all the time. The big Oxo one is going to be going with The Pirate when he gets his own apartment. I don't have the counter room for using it. And it is just too big for me. I also have a heavy duty potato ricer. I would rather have a baked potato. Less work, and no room for storage. Storage is a big item in this kitchen.

I have this habit of telling the kids what I want for Christmas, birthday, etc. of things I would love to have for the kitchen. And then when I get it, I discover I don't have the room for it. So cost is not the problem, storing it is. :angel:

RPCookin 11-17-2014 01:31 PM

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Originally Posted by bakechef (Post 1397292)
Restaurant supply, Amazon etc...

Real professional grade stuff from restaurant supply doesn't cost as much as you'd think, often cheaper than even Walmart. For instance 1/2 sheet size baking sheets for cookies and bars, $5 each at my restaurant supply. Loaf pans $7, cake pans $5. They are likely to last you a lifetime. We use these in a commercial environment and they get a lot of abuse and still hang together.

Using 40-50% coupons from craft stores can get you great deals on bakeware.

Not just for cookies and bars... I use mine almost daily. I bought my heavy duty ones in a 2 pack at Sam's Club for $12. I bought 4, gave 2 to my sister, and like me, she uses them for everything. They are great for roasted chicken parts, ribs, frozen french fries (and for crispy roasted red potatoes with oil and herbs they are great) - and whatever. I usually line them with foil, then spray that to make cleanup easier, but for baking I use silicone mats instead. I use the the sheer pans under pies and casseroles if there is a concern for spillage or boil-over.

My 1/2 sheet pans are probably the best bang for buck that I have in the kitchen, considering how much I use them.

I also bought a glass 9x13 cake pan at Walmart from Anchor-Hocking instead of Pyrex last month, because the Pyrex was nearly twice the price - my old Pyrex one shattered in the oven a couple of months before we moved back to the States. The Anchor brand one came with a silicone cover that makes taking things to pot luck dinners easier too.

Andy M. 11-17-2014 01:39 PM

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Originally Posted by RPCookin (Post 1398313)
Not just for cookies and bars... I use mine almost daily. I bought my heavy duty ones in a 2 pack at Sam's Club for $12. I bought 4, gave 2 to my sister, and like me, she uses them for everything. They are great for roasted chicken parts, ribs, frozen french fries (and for crispy roasted red potatoes with oil and herbs they are great) - and whatever. I usually line them with foil, then spray that to make cleanup easier, but for baking I use silicone mats instead. I use the the sheer pans under pies and casseroles if there is a concern for spillage or boil-over.

My 1/2 sheet pans are probably the best bang for buck that I have in the kitchen, considering how much I use them.

I also bought glass bakeware at Walmart from Anchor-Hocking instead of Pyrex last month, because the Pyrex was nearly twice the price.


Half- and quarter-sheet pans are workhorses in my kitchen. I have several of each. The one drawback is you cannot put them in the DW because a chemical in the DW detergent turns raw aluminum black.

kitchengoddess8 11-17-2014 08:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Andy M. (Post 1398315)

Half- and quarter-sheet pans are workhorses in my kitchen. I have several of each. The one drawback is you cannot put them in the DW because a chemical in the DW detergent turns raw aluminum black.

Where did you buy your pans?

bakechef 11-17-2014 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by RPCookin (Post 1398313)
Not just for cookies and bars... I use mine almost daily. I bought my heavy duty ones in a 2 pack at Sam's Club for $12. I bought 4, gave 2 to my sister, and like me, she uses them for everything. They are great for roasted chicken parts, ribs, frozen french fries (and for crispy roasted red potatoes with oil and herbs they are great) - and whatever. I usually line them with foil, then spray that to make cleanup easier, but for baking I use silicone mats instead. I use the the sheer pans under pies and casseroles if there is a concern for spillage or boil-over.

My 1/2 sheet pans are probably the best bang for buck that I have in the kitchen, considering how much I use them.

I also bought a glass 9x13 cake pan at Walmart from Anchor-Hocking instead of Pyrex last month, because the Pyrex was nearly twice the price - my old Pyrex one shattered in the oven a couple of months before we moved back to the States. The Anchor brand one came with a silicone cover that makes taking things to pot luck dinners easier too.

Definitely agree, my 1/2 sheet pans get quite a workout. I also line them with foil, makes cleanup much easier!

Andy M. 11-17-2014 09:41 PM

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Originally Posted by kitchengoddess8 (Post 1398369)
Where did you buy your pans?

Not sure. You can get them at a restaurant supply or Costco at times. Also online.

PrincessFiona60 11-17-2014 11:30 PM

Our Costco has the 1/4 sheet pans right now for the holidays. I forget the price, but if I didn't already have some I would get them. They fit perfectly into my convection oven.


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