Now, You just need to get the mineral content of NYC water or Naples and plug it into a mineral water calculator to add the trace amount of minerals to simulate that water.
25 kgs = 55 lbs
5 lbs = 2.2 kgs
cool link. I tried to comment there but am not seeing the mechanism - for people looking to clear dissolved solids out, the Zero water filter is a good option. We use it with our good but crazy coffee maker which for some reason the makers did not see a water filter as a replaceable part.
You could doctor other flour with wheat gluten and probably get the same effect.
Yeah the 00 flour is fantastic! Makes great French crepes, gotta mix it with a little plain flour too say 50/50.
You’re opening a big can of worms there, buddy. Has the flour been squashed / tamped? Sieved? Live in SF with humid air, or Salt Lake City?
The best thing is to get away from any recipe by volume, and go with specific measurements by mass.
I got into making sourdough via Tartine, and have never looked back.
Do I get the same loaf every time? Nah! I have the whole process under such good control that I can vary it how I like! Sure, no lucky dip for me, but man, what great bread!
Can verify. Our local AVPN certified pizza place, Famoso, uses only “00” type flour. And it is spectacular. As soon as I saw the picture of the crust above, I knew exactly what kind of flour you’d discovered.
i am an itaian pizza chef , i started making pizza with my father as a young child and the little things i have learned are that dough is never weighed it should be meausured by size and by eye changing for temperature and humidity, flour is the most important ingredient and a 00 flour made from grano duro will work better than an average overprocessed flour with little elasticity but the perfect mix for me is half 0 type flour (sightly harder and less fine) and half manitoba or neretto flour (types of finer hard grrain flour with high elasticity) and a little bit of semola. i like to roll the dough in a little bit of large milled semola that adds crunch to the base and doesn’t leave a burnt , unworked flour taste.just my 2 cents.
my recipe for home made pizza.
use “strog” 00 flour 260W
the night before
500g of flour
500g of water
3g of Brewer’s yeast
half spoon of sugar
mix and leave for at least 8 hours
the next moring you find that mix (aka poolish double in size)
30g of olive oil (extravergine)
25g of salt
350g of flour (or 270+80g of Durum wheat)
mix and leave for 30min
cut in 250g piece and put in frige
2h before cooking take it
heat the oven to the max temperature
and turn on the grill
put the pizza 12cm from the grill and cook for 3/5minutes
That’s closer to my house recipe, but a tad more water–closer to 70-72% by bakers weight. Also never needed sugar, always had enough vegetables from the starch.
Nothing beats a slightly cold, gassy, ■■■■■ dough. rereads last sentence . for the large irregular and chewy holes obviously. rereads last sentence . oh I give up.
I just noticed autocorrect changed ‘carbohydrates’ to ‘vegetables’. Perhaps my phone is trying to tell me something…
half coffe spoon of sugar or better malt syrup
Manitoba or high force flour
use this calculator for focaccia genovese http://vivalafocaccia.com/2011/01/23/calcolo-ingredienti-focaccia-genovese/ (sorry all italian but it’s easy)
and follow the recipe
skip all the part that add oil and salt on the top and add pomodoro
25 kg is a lot of flour. If you have a good dry air tight place to store it and will be baking often then go ahead, otherwise you’re going to have a lot of wasted flour.
Why brewer’s yeast?
This is a great site for just that thing - http://www.traditionaloven.com/conversions_of_measures/flour_volume_weight.html
Also, I would recommend using this flour, but doing the Jim Lahey no knead pizza dough method. That same recipe will make awesome baguettes, too. Or rounds cooked in a dutch oven.
There is no right answer - you have to figure out what tastes best for you. Bread flour or 00 is going to give you crispier crust, but I generally mix it 50:50 with whole wheat for flavor and density. I also like my dough on the sweet side so I add probably 3-4 tbl to an average batch. You have to experiment a bit to find what you like best!
Since you can often anticipate when you’re going to make pizza, try using a sponge method to start the dough.
- All the water (or beer) you normally use
- About 1/3 the flour
- The salt
- About 1/4 the yeast
- The oil
Beat the flour, water, salt, yeast, and oil together into a sort of batter. Let sit, covered and and not too cold, for at least six hours.
Add the remaining ingredients (you may be able to skip the sugar, if you allow enough rise time) and proceed as usual with your bread/crust.
I’ve been baking bread this way for several years, and the taste is superior. I don’t really mind the reduced cost of yeast either, despite buying it by the kilo at Costco. The latest version includes a long soak with dried onion flakes and a dash of chipotle powder. Makes a subtle contribution that’s really good.
Italian flours can be hard to find in the US, so we tend to use American “All Purpose” flour or “bread flour”. Both are more coarsely ground than the tipo 00. And AP is gonna have less protien, while Bread Flour can have slightly more. There are some American “pizza flours” that grind to the 00 size, but they tend to have too little protein. We tend to miss understand what tipo 00 means over here. A lot of people think it specifies a kind of flour, or type of wheat rather than a grind size and ignore that you need a higher protein content for good pizza.
So the best Pizza in the US, even American styles of pizza, tend to be made with the imported Italian flour that Jason is posting about.
No US bread flour often has about the same (and sometimes more) protein as the Italian 00 bread flour. The grind size is important to how the dough forms and works, so it’ll effect the end product heavily. Our flour is coarser than tipo 00
The serious eats post I linked covers the varieties of flour available in the US and their respective impacts on pizza.
Your comments are awesome. Thanks.