I've been baking a lot more pizza and bread lately. I read somewhere that Costco has 25lb. bags of flour for great prices, and since our local supermarkets haven't passed on the reduced prices for wheat (the commodity price of wheat has crashed to half of what it was in March, 2008), I asked my wife to check out what they had available. We're out in the boonies and Costco is about 1 1/2 hours away. Visits to the Big City mean a Costco run and a Trader Joe's run.
She came back and had bought a 50lb. bag of ConAgra Harvest 'bread' flour for only $13.49. Here, supermarket bread flour costs us about $3.50 for 5 lbs. and King Arthur runs more than $5 for 5 little pounds. She had gotten a fellow shopper to help load it into the cart and another shopper to slide it on the front seat of the car. When I looked at the label it said Serving Size: 30g and Protein: 3g. That's only 10% protein! How the hell can they claim it's bread flour? Well, I'm stuck with it, there are just two of us in the household and I'm really not too dissatisfied with how it handles.
My entry in the Less is More Contest is this Recession Pizza. Both of us work out of our homes on freelance projects and business has really taken a hit, so now is the time for THRIFT.
$0.13 flour, 210 grams
$0.02 water, home filtered
$0.00 yeast, sourdough
$0.01 salt, kosher (estimate)
$0.16 total, dough
$0.40 tomatoes, California Healthy Harvest brand, half of slightly dented 28 oz. can from Grocery Outlet.
$0.03 black pepper, dried oregano & basil (estimate)
$0.05 balsamic vinegar, splash
$0.48 total, sauce
$0.32 mushrooms, sliced, 3 oz. mushrooms on sale at $1.69 lb.
$0.08 red onion slices (estimate)
$0.10 EVOO, splash (estimate)
$1.00 fresh mozzerella, 4 oz. at $5.99 for 1 1/2 lb. (Costco)
$1.60 total, toppings
$2.24 total, pizza (and a little overdone for no extra cost)