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Old 02-15-2008, 09:42 AM
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Caught with me pants down there, eh. Glad I'd just washed.
Question is, what makes Tipo 00 flour so different?
It can't be the genetics, 'cause the best wheat in the world is grown to the S of us. (Bloody liars! More to the west. Struth!)
Hence it must be the processing. I'll concede that stone ground may damage protein less than standard milling techniques, of which I know nothing.

Anyone care to flicker the candle flame of Knowledge into the Luddite's lair?
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Old 02-15-2008, 09:56 AM
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Jeff,

James would be able to explain better because he knows the Caputo family and has been to the mill. However, as I understand it, Caputo Tipo 00 flour, or any of their flours for that matter, are blended from different strains of wheat from around the world. They treat it as vintners do. Much of the world's Durham wheat is grown in southwestern Saskatchewan and North Dakota. Saskatchewan red winter wheat is known for its high protein content or hardness, as opposed to spring wheat from the same location. European flours, by contrast, have a tendencey to be softer, with a lower protein count, due, I guess, to the milder climate. What the proportions are, even of flour from the Land of OZ , no doubt, is a Caputo trade secret. Point is Tipo 00 pizza flour is the best out there for making pizzas, especially when it comes to shaping and rise in a WFO.

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Old 02-15-2008, 10:35 AM
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Archena,
While I'm on a roll, may I ask why you link metrics with evil? I stand in the shadows. Please, convince me.
Are you old and wrinkly like me, Archena? And your pussy: Burmese style, by the image. Looks a tad undernourished.
Mate I stand 5'8'', and weigh almost 12 stone. That translates roughly to 173cm and 75kg. (correct me if I'm wrong).
So what do I do? Remain in the rarefied air of Imperial measurements, or take a leap into the modern dimension of metrics?
Or does it not matter?
Shall respect your advice.
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Old 02-15-2008, 11:08 AM
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CJim,
Nothing quite like airing one's ignorance on a public forum, eh. (Flamin Luddites: no couth, I reckon).
Jim, I suppose I could lift a finger and google Caputo Tipo 00 flour, and see if they have Aust. outlets.
Meanwhile, thanks for your continuing instruction. I'd die and go to heaven if I could knock out loaves like yours.
Same applies to Deadly Dave's pizza bases. (That man is truly wicked).
All made possible c/- James.
Thanks to all of you Mad Mob. It continues to be an insane, europhoric ride.
Stay safe eh.
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:26 PM
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Jeff, could it possibly be that you have a lot of time on your hands today...? Either that or you want to bump your rating up.

I don't know, politics, metric measurements (again...), what next??

Still the Caputo 00 question was interesting, I hadn't realised it was such a special product.

Jim, do you know, does it come in wholemeal quality at all? I don't really like using white flour, but you got me interested now
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Old 02-15-2008, 12:51 PM
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Frances,

Have a look at their product range at: FARINE CAPUTO . Looks to me like Farina Integrale or Super Giallo might be the ticket for you. By the way, there's white flour, then there's white flour (really beige). I never use bleached or bromated flours, but then again I buy my flour in bulk from Prairie Mills in Saskatchewan. Often, I'll combine it with stone ground, organic real whole wheat flour that hasn't been coloured or messed with. Sometime, I'd like to find out just why supermarket bags of flour don't have to have more information on what's actually been done to the flour, what additives, beyond mandated vitamins and iron that is. That, and a mill date, so customers know how fresh it is.

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Old 02-15-2008, 03:22 PM
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Caught with me pants down there, eh. Glad I'd just washed.
It can't be the genetics, 'cause the best wheat in the world is grown to the S of us. (Bloody liars! More to the west. Struth!)
Jeff the Ignorant.
I not sure about that, I grow Hard Red Spring wheat in North Dakota and it is now above $19 a bushel, last year it probably was aroung $5. So the market must think it's the best or at least in low supply at this time. Like usually I sold way to early.
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Old 02-15-2008, 03:56 PM
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I heard an interesting report on NPR, where grain prices are now tied to energy prices. Grain as fuel is changing everything, and driving up prices.

Hmmm.

The Caputo story is a good one. Italian Tipo 00 flour is a finely milled flour, that is available in a range of strengths -- from lightweight pastry flour on up. Caputo has made itself into an international brand by focusing their energy on Tipo 00 flour formulated specifically for pizza. They've been doing it for three generations, and the current Antimo Caputo, who is named after his grandfather, is the head of the company, along with other family members. They are the main supplier of flour to pizzerias in Naples, and they now have a growing export business for Italian pizzerias around the world -- and for us enthusiastic homeowners.

It's great stuff. Work with the dough once, and you can never go back. :-)

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Old 02-15-2008, 04:23 PM
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James,

Agreed wholeheartedly. One use and you're finished for anything else.

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Old 02-15-2008, 04:43 PM
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I heard an interesting report on NPR, where grain prices are now tied to energy prices. Grain as fuel is changing everything, and driving up prices.

Hmmm.


James
Last year corn prices were high and that lured a lot of acres into corn, therefore less wheat. I'm expecting more acres back in wheat and soybeans this year.
I don't know about CA, but here in TX to many are driving pickups (i.e 15 mpg) with only one passenger. Europe seems to have figured this out a while back. Maybe there high tax set the move.
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