Hey all! I just introduced myself in the new member forum and figured I'd make a post here. Please forgive me (and feel free to move this thread) if this would be better suited in another sub-forum.
Anyway, long story short, I'm legally blind and like to cook. I've decided I want to try and learn to make a great NY style pizza. My kids love pizza and they enjoy helping me out in the kitchen so it should be a fun new project (and a good way to break in the new stand mixer - Kitchenaid Pro 600)
So, I've been doing some reading here and as I mentioned in my intro, researching these things is very time consuming and tedious when you can't see very well. I'm getting a tad overwhelemed with the direction I should take for my first attempts. I want to buy quality ingredients, but it seems that most here recommend items that I cannot find locally (and I don't have any kind of large foodservice store near me...not to mention, if I did, it's not easy for me to just "drop by" one as I can't drive hehe)
I guess, long story short, I'm looking for a list to order online and the cheapest option for getting it...I don't mind buying flour and tomatos in bulk as I'm going to be playing around a lot with them in the near future. I want to make a simple pepperoni and cheese pizza (My children's favorite)
My big question here is what flour should I get? I've seen the KASL mentioned as good, and then others say it's a waste of money and you don't need high glutten flour. What is your recommendation for flour, given that I want an NY style pizza? Whatever your opinion, where is the best place online to order it?
In my reading, I keep seeing the same handful of brands come up...6 in 1 (peeled and unpeeled), Stanlislaus (7/11 and Tomato Magic), and Sclafani (only seen this mentioned as crushed & unpeeled). What do you guys prefer? I tried to actually order some 6 in 1 (unpeeled ground) from escalon but when you try to checkout, it gives you an error. I emailed them through their contact form and they said they would have their web host look into it, but the error remains at this point. What do you guys recommend for a good tomato base and where can I get it reasonably priced?
#3: Pepperoni & Cheese
Honestly, I have not tried to research pepperoni yet. I figure these two items will have to be bought locally as I don't really want to think about having meat or cheese shipped to me. My choices for local delis are pretty much what Walmart and Food Lion have in stock (I don't even have a Harris Teeter or Whole Foods near me...it's pretty pitiful). So, just give me some brands of pepperoni and cheese to look out for when I check out the deli. If they don't have them, I'll just use what they have available. I did look into cheese a little and I think my walmart has Polly-O mozzarella cheese, which I've read is pretty good/passable.
Alright, any help would be appreciated guys and gals (especially on what kind of flour and tomatoes and where to order them). Sorry for the long, messy post!