Author Topic: PFTaylor's Home Version of Patsy's Pizza  (Read 8766 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline pftaylor

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 1113
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Life's Short. Get Wood Fired Up!
Re: PFTaylor's Home Version of Patsy's Pizza
« Reply #25 on: February 20, 2005, 06:08:37 AM »
Pete-zza sort of brings up a great hidden point here. How can I have a 70% hydration level? In fact, I probably don't. The only way I can develop the consistency necessary to reproduce recipes with certainty is to use a digital scale for all my ingredients. I have one but it is primarily designed for mail and is accurate to only the tenth of an ounce with a five pound limit. Further, I have been using volumetric measures for water.

In light of the descrepancy between what Pete-zza calculates with his scale and my eye-ball method, I've decided to break down and order one of the scales Alton Brown recommended in his book "I'm Just Here For More Food." Alton recommends two scales - one for heavy ingredients like flour and water (My digital Pelousze should be accurate enough) and then a much more precise scale.

The scale he refers to in his book is the Frieling Accu Balance 400. It is very precise and measures to the tenth of a gram, with an eight ounce limit. Switching between grams and ounces is easy as pushing a button. I think my days of wondering if I added too much of this or too little of that are over. I'm going to weigh everything.
Pizza Raquel is Simply Everything You’d Want.
www.wood-firedpizza.com


Offline Pete-zza

  • Lifetime Member
  • Global Moderator
  • *
  • Posts: 23206
  • Location: Texas
  • Always learning
Re: PFTaylor's Home Version of Patsy's Pizza
« Reply #26 on: February 20, 2005, 06:55:24 AM »
jft,

Welcome to the club :).

Having looked at a description of the Frieling scale, its main value seems to be its ability to measure very small quantities. As such, it should be a very good item to have on hand to weigh lightweight ingredients in small quantities, such as yeast, sugar, salt, Carnation malted milk, etc. The only downside I can see--and it is a niggling one, I admit--is that you won't be able to share the results from using such a precise and accurate scale with anyone else but another owner of a similar scale. You will still have to use weight-to-volume conversion data to convert to teaspoons, tablespoons and fractions thereof to be useful to others who might want to practice your recipes and do not have a similar scale--or any scale at all. It will be interesting to see if the accuracy you will be able to achieve will have a noticeable effect on your pizzas, including consistency, reliability and uniformity of results, which is the reason for using a scale in the first place.

For those who may be interested, I found the following description of the Frieling 400 unit at Amazon.com:

The scale is computer calibrated for the utmost accuracy and holds a maximum of 8 ounces or 250 grams, which is equal to one serving size. The digital display is easy to read and provides weight measurements in both the metric and imperial systems and in increments of .005 ounce or 0.1 gram. Four soft push buttons surrounding the LCD turn the scale on and off, toggle between grams and ounces, hold a reading for 10 seconds, and reset the scale to zero. For convenience, the scale has an add ‘n weigh feature, which lets you place multiple portions on the scale while weighing each one individually. The lid on this unit doubles as a measuring tray and is dishwasher-safe for hygienic cleaning. This electronic scale runs on two lithium batteries (included) and automatically shuts off when left idle to preserve battery life.

Peter
« Last Edit: February 20, 2005, 07:21:07 AM by Pete-zza »

Offline pftaylor

  • Registered User
  • Posts: 1113
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Life's Short. Get Wood Fired Up!
Re: PFTaylor's Home Version of Patsy's Pizza
« Reply #27 on: February 23, 2005, 10:29:37 AM »
Amazon's price for the Frieling Accu Balance 400 is $39.95 delivered. My order has already shipped. I can't wait to determine how close my "eyeball" method is to the real thing.
Pizza Raquel is Simply Everything You’d Want.
www.wood-firedpizza.com