I go through a lot of flour as I go along on my journey to find the perfect pizza recipe! In fact, as I stood in line to buy my third 50-lb bag of Hi-Gluten flour from the baker’s supply shop, it became almost amusing to consider.
The number that is at the top of the site will go up each time I make a post about a pizza that I make myself. I am not counting the actual pounds of flour as I go, but rather I have developed a formula for estimating my usage. The formula is as follows:
Flour Used (lbs) = # of “Pizza Making” posts * Average # of Pizzas per post * Average lbs Flour per pizza
I’ve calculated that my average number of pizzas per post is about 1.1. Each pizza recipe uses an average of 3 cups of high gluten flour which weighs approximately 5 ounces per cup. There are 16 ounces in a pound.
Therefore I use apporoximately 1.03125 pounds of flour each time I post a “Pizza Making” article!
As of today (February 2005) I have used 2 full 50-lb bags of flour and put a dent in my third. I have wasted a few dough balls and given about 10 cups of flour away to friends. That means that my calculations are probably conservative!
Here’s to many, many more pounds of flour!!