This is going to be a multiple part post for a reason. I feel like there is more to shopping for a Bakery or a food-related store than simply going out to the first place recommended and getting everything you need in one place. Everyone knows (at least, I hope everyone knows) that if you’re going to do real, serious shopping you need to look around and find the best deals, prices, etc. The other reason for looking around, besides price, is that what one place has few in number, another may have in bulk. So without further delay, let’s get to the nitty-gritty of this post.
I’m starting here because I’m working out of my home and currently need a place to store a 10 lb. bag of bread flour. It’s been opened and has been “sealed” for the past few months by being rolled up and placed under things and stuff to keep it fresh, to keep weevils out, so it doesn’t spoil or get thrown out. I hate waste, and I hate wasting ingredients the most. It kills me to buy something only to have to throw it out before I have the chance to use it.
Ok, now that we’re out and about, I have something to admit. I’m a student at heart. I am more comfortable in the classroom than in the real world, (I’m going somewhere with this, really) and in that classroom I was told that the best place to get supplies is a store called Ace Mart. Now, don’t get me wrong. Ace Mart is good for students, and is a fantastic place to start shopping for the things you need. And it’s exactly where I started my “hunt” for storage. But it’s not the only spot out there. Ace Mart, or your local big-name restaurant supply store, will give you a good idea of what you’re looking for, for your storage, like size, width, depth and how many cups it holds. After you’ve done that, you’ll want to take note of the price. Now that we’re done at the big-name store, let’s go to a few smaller stores.
The best part about shopping around is that you’ll never know what you’re going to find when you get there, especially if you’ve never been there before. You’ll find what you need, more than likely, but it’s the other stuff that makes going out shopping to a variety of stores fun. Yes, I said fun. Price hunting is fun because you never know if the next place is going to be higher or lower, and it might shock you to find out that one place that has a well -known name is cheaper than the place that doesn’t have a very well known name. Going out and about also gives you a good idea of the store itself. Like, for example, if you are greeted immediately, if there is a price tag on everything, if the place is clean, and so on and so forth.
So, like shopping at a grocery store, there are many different brands to choose from. For example Rubbermaid
(surprise, surprise!), Cambro (the big name), and Carlisle. As for me, I’m going to stick with Cambro. Their name is everywhere in restaurant supplies. It’s a product I worked with that’s tough, reliable, and can take a beating in a fast-paced kitchen. Now, I’m not going to tell you what items to get and what not to get and I can’t tell you what to look for in a item, what to not look for in a item. I can only “parrot” back what I’ve been told by others and what I’ve heard from others. I am going to tell you to go with what you know works best for you. If you haven’t had a chance to work with commercial storage products, take your time and experiment to see what might work for you.
Since I’m working out of my home, commercial storage isn’t always the best choice considering my financial situation. Never underestimate the value of unique storage options. Anything can be storage, so long as it hasn’t been used for anything except food before. For example, I have a pickle bucket that I brought home from work that’s currently storing my all-purpose (AP) flour, and some plastic containers that used to hold frozen strawberries in their syrup for my sugar and chocolate and whatnot. The only thing limiting your storage options is your imagination
With that, I hope you find this blog helpful in many ways. If you have questions, concerns, comments or ideas and suggestions, please feel free to email me, or use the comment section of the blog. I’m planning on posting every Saturday, early, unless something happens. See y’all next week.