I just can't seem to find... buying hard-to-track-down items

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Hi all,

 

Though we all know by now that you can buy milk in the grocery store, brown sugar at the Asian market, and cilantro at the Turkish grocer's, I thought we might be able to make use of a thread covering other, less commonly sought-after items.

 

I'm currently in need of a pastry cutter, the kind you use to cut butter into flour for pie crusts. It seems understandable that they're not in every store in town as Germans don't do much with this type of pastry, but surely some specialty store somewhere carries them? I'd buy one online, but I've got to have a pie made by Thursday (U.S. Thanksgiving) and would love to avoid standing there for what feels like the best years of my life fupping about with cold butter, a pile of 405 flour and a bent fork.

 

I have, in the past, tried putting the whole shebang in the food processor and pulsing it all together, but the result was nowhere near the same.

 

Thanks very much in advance!

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Unhelpful post that does not answer the original question but...

 

...you can use two knives in a pinch. I've never seen a pastry cutter in a store in Germany, I had to import a couple.

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Here you go - pastry cutters seem to have made it to Germany since Westvan imported from Canada. They're known under the name Teigmischer. I bought mine at Sibler in Zurich, which I know is no help at all, but I'm thinking they might have this in the fancy-schmancy kitchen department at places like Galeria Kaufhof or Karstadt.

 

The last time I was in a really big kitchen department was at the XXL Neubert furniture store in Würzburg - can't say I saw pastry cutters there, but then I wasn't looking for them either. They seemed to have everything else under the sun though that might be of use in a kitchen, so that's also a place I would check if you have that type of furniture store in your area.

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Excellent! Mine are about 20 years old.

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Looks good, globalgirl - am not familiar with TK Maxx at all. And according to their website, the closest one to Stuttgart is just over 100 km away. Figures. <_<

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There's one on Wilmersdorfer Strasse in Berlin, right next to S-Bahn Charlottenburg (formerly the C&A location).

 

EDIT: Also in Tegel Am Borsigturm and on Karl-Marx-Str. 92-98 in Neukölln.

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excellent, I will try out TK Maxx first as the Karl-Marx Straße one is just around the corner from my place. Thanks for the replies!

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I agree TK Maxx is great for kitchen stuff, particularly hard to find American or English items which they seem to get in frequently.

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I'm pretty sure I've seen these in Kaufland too, as I've often wondered what they were for. I always used a butter knife dipped in cold water. Might get one myself :)

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TK Maxx is the best place for kitchen gadgets. They always have pastry cutters and many other tools I can't find in regular more obvious kitchen shops here.

 

Full ack! I've bought a pastry cutter, measuring cups, spoons and a Pyrex there. Besides kitchenware it's full of things virtually not existent in other stores in Berlin (e.g. English children's books, cookbooks).

 

Still need someone to teach me how to make a decent pumpkin pie - some weeks ago I've tried to make some from scratch and it was such an epic fail... :(

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Does anyone know where I can buy a Vitamix or Blendtec (http://www.blendtec.com/)? Like the name implies - they are powerful (consumer) kitchen blenders.

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Amazon?

 

http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?__mk_de_DE=%C5M%C5Z%D5%D1&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Vitamix

 

http://www.amazon.de/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?__mk_de_DE=%C3%85M%C3%85Z%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=blendtec&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ablendtec

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Does anyone know where I can find collard greens? It'd really be great to have some.

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I don't think you can find collard greens in any market in Germany. Kale (Grünkohl) is probably as close as you will get.

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Thanks for your answer, but, of course, I was hoping that someone may have seen collards. I have bought kale. I can't remember if I've seen it fresh, but I have bought it in glass jars, although I'd still like collards. If they are not to be found, then it's not the end of the world.

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Hey folks

 

I need some birds custard powder (I know the stuff is awful and fake)

 

Does anyone know where I can buy it? Preferably in bulk?

 

Cheers

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Don't know about bulk, but Broken English probably has it. German vanilla pudding powder also does the trick.

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Thanks Westvan! Will have a look now.

 

Do you know if German vanilla pudding powder has the same crazy yellow colour?

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I think the German stuff is paler but you could always add a bit of yellow food colouring to make it scarier.

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