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gualex 01-29-2012 11:46 AM

Calculating quantities
Hi All:

How do you guys calculate quantities of overall ingredients per guest?

It obvilusly varies depending on how much people eat, but I just want to get a rule of thumb.



david s 01-29-2012 12:57 PM

Re: Calculating quantities
I've been through this exercise when catering for parties and now have a menu and list of ingredients to purchase. I worked out the quantities of each ingredient per pizza to arrive at a shopping list per 20 pizzas, also knowing which pizzas are the most popular, from previous experience. It is now quite easy to purchase all the ingredients, have all the guests stuffed to the gills and have nothing left over to waste. If you don't do it this way you nearly always end up buying way too much stuff and then overloading the toppings, or wasting food.Another alternative is to make Calzones, traditionally eaten the next day, with the left over toppings.

gualex 01-29-2012 01:27 PM

Re: Calculating quantities
Thanks David S:

Would you be so kind to share the list with me?



david s 01-29-2012 11:04 PM

Re: Calculating quantities
Sure, here it is. This is based on one pizza per person. Some will eat more, but some will eat less. When eaten by sharing what comes out of the oven, there is always enough.

Dave’s gourmet woodfired pizza menu

Prosciutto, t. sauce, cheese, olives, fresh tomato
dressed w. rocket and olive oil *(7)

Prawns (garlic) olive oil, cheese, red onion, feta,
dressed w. sea salt and lime juice *(7)

Vegetarian t. sauce, cheese, capsicum, onion, mushrooms, capers,
dressed with rocket and sea salt *(3)

Margherita t. sauce, mozarella,feta, fresh tomato, and basil
dressed w. rocket and sea salt *(3)

Shopping List per 20 9”pizzas
* the first two are the most popular – list based on numbers in brackets
good quality Pasta sauce- 2x 550g jar
tasty cheese (grated) – 600g
mozzarella (grated) – 600g
Olive oil
Garlic (minced) small jar
Proscuitto x 10 slices
Tomato (Romas) -5
Rocket -Lots it is used for 3 of the pizzas – 1 packet
Olives – black sliced
Red onion -3
Prawns (green shelled) - 28
Feta (not Danish and not fat reduced) – 300g
Sea Salt
Lime Juice –small bottle
Capsicium – one red
Capers- small bottle
Mushrooms (sliced) 100g
Basil (fresh) - handful

horrocks007 01-30-2012 03:32 AM

Re: Calculating quantities
When I have people over for pizza night I figure 1 pizza per person and as I always welcome left overs, I usually make 3-4 extra. I calculate my doughs to make sure I have enough to accommodate everyone, the other stuff, I always have on hand because it lasts a long time (pepperonis, cheese, sauce, etc)

okn 01-30-2012 09:18 AM

Re: Calculating quantities

What is "rocket"?

horrocks007 01-30-2012 11:31 AM

Re: Calculating quantities
That is a type of arugula, right?

gualex 01-30-2012 01:16 PM

Re: Calculating quantities
Thanks David, very useful info! I really appreciate it!



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