The Brooklyn Kitchen: Canning Central

If someone said to me that I could have a shopping spree at any store in NYC without hesitation I would want it to be at The Brooklyn Kitchen.  Not only do they have the most kick ass canning section of any store in the city, they have great groceries, cheeses, a meat shop run by their partners in business The Meat Hook,  and tons of new and vintage cooking supplies, utensils, knives and clases to boot! 

This afternoon I spent the day making Concord Grape Jam and canning it in Weck jars, my first ever Weck experience, which  is the next post I’m going to write after this, but this seemed a good start because if you want Weck supplies no place else comes close to having the extensive selection that you will find here.



Of course they have lots of Ball jars and all the needed accoutrement as well.



Cocktails anyone?

Notice in the above picture on the bottom left is local organic ginger!  I bought some of course. And below is some of their bulk goods – I love buying in bulk who needs all that packaging anyway?  Just something else to recycle.


In addition to wonderful meats and quirky homemade sausages The Meat Hook makes a small selection of packaged goods, my favorite is the one below.



Seriously folks if you live here or if you are visiting if you are interested in food, beer making, kitchen supplies, cooking classes you got to visit the Brooklyn Kitchen, it’s every foodies Disneyland. 

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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