This post is a school project in making pizza for the kids. The assignment was to do some comparison shopping on items from various local grocery stores. My kids regularly shop with me and know that not only do I look for good prices, but also take into account time and gas required to shop. I’ve explained to them that it doesn’t make much sense to spend more in gas to drive to another store to save a few cents on a few items when we can get everything we need at one store, even if we pay a little more overall.
Because of the size of our family, we buy in bulk much of the time. A few times a year we buy 50 lb bags of flour and sugar, as well as large amounts of pasta products when they’re on sale. When we buy meat, we use our food saver to save what we can’t use right away and store it in the freezer. We also can our own spaghetti and pizza sauce, as well as green beans, pickles, and a variety of other foods.
Generally we don’t shop using coupons because the majority of coupons are for products that we don’t use. Most coupons are for processed foods, which we don’t buy. On the rare occasion that we do find coupons that we can use, we do use them. The sections below were written by the kids.
Why we make our own pizza — Jonathan
The reasons we make our own pizza are because of the ingredients, the cost, and personal preference.
We used to buy pizza from chain restaurants such as Little Caesar’s. Then we started looking into the ingredients and realized there’s a lot of extra and processed ingredients like soy. We didn’t want more processed foods in our diet so we started to make our own pizza. It’s fun!
We always make our own pizza dough (using the recipe below) and sauce. We can make 32 pints of sauce, from locally grown tomatoes, and basil and garlic from our own garden, for about $25 (including the canning supplies). Our sauce doesn’t have preservatives, and we can use 1 pint to cover 2 pizzas (16 inch size). A 14 ounce jar of pizza sauce at Walmart in $2.44. To get 32 pints of sauce from Walmart would cost about $89. Making sauce on our own saves us $64!
We shred the cheese ourselves, so we save money because the bags of shredded cheese at the grocery store cost more than the same amount of cheese in a block. We get a 2 lb block of yeast for $10.35. To get the same amount in individual packets we would spend over $50.
Another reason to make our own pizza is we make it to taste how we like it.
For our family it’s easier to buy 50 pounds of flour and sugar at a time because our family is so big we run out of flour and sugar really fast. It’s also less money to buy a 50 pound bag of sugar that buying 5, 10 pound bags of flour. A 10 pound bag of flour costs around $5, and a 50 pound bag costs around $18. It would cost around $25 to buy five 10 pound bags, saving us $7 to buy in bulk. We save the flour and sugar in big plastic pails.
Recipe for the Crust — William
- Four cups of Bread Flour
- Quarter cup Dough Enhancer
- Two tablespoons Sugar (divided)
- Half teaspoon Kosher Salt
- One tablespoon Yeast
- Olive Oil
- One and two thirds cups Water
Making pizza dough
- Heat water to 118 degrees.
- Add one tablespoon sugar to water.
- Add Yeast to the sugar water mix.
- Let the Yeast bloom for 7 minutes.
- Mix the Bread Flour Dough Enhancer and Kosher Salt.
- Add two tablespoons of Olive Oil.
- When the Yeast has finished blooming add it to the ingredients mix.
- Put the dough hook on the stand mixer and mix the dough till it forms a ball.
- Coat a large bowl with Olive Oil so the dough does not stick.
- Move the dough around in the coated bowl so the dough does not stick to the bowl.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place it in a warm spot and let it rise till it doubles in size.
- Spray two pizza pans with with non-stick spray and sprinkle both pans with corn meal.
- Sprinkle flour on the dough and kneed it for a few minutes.
- Split the dough into two pieces and sprinkle flour on the dough so it does not stick.
- Roll out both pieces of dough with a rolling pin till they are flat then put one chunk into each pan.
Preparing the Toppings — William
- Sausage (browned in bacon grease)
- Homemade Pizza Sauce
Adding the Toppings
- Spread Pizza Sauce on both pizzas till they are both coated.
- Add Pepperoni in a circle starting from the edge and work your way in.
- Sprinkle Bacon bits on one pizza.
- Add Sausage (only one gets sausage).
- Sprinkle Mozzarella and Provolone on both pizzas (make sure it covers the pizza).
- Sprinkle Romano on both.
Make sure pizza stone is on the bottom rack (put stone in BEFORE the oven is hot otherwise it will crack).
Bake at 425 degrees in pizza pan for thirteen minutes.
Remove from pan and place on pizza stone for five minutes
Remove from pizza stone and let it rest for five minutes before you slice it.
Conclusion — Ariana
We make our own pizza because it’s fun, we know what ingredients are in it and it improves our cooking skills. Sometimes we have personal pizza night where each of us kids gets to add our own favorite toppings and bake them ourselves.
Sometimes the crust is different from one night to the next. Some days we get it crispier and other days it’s more soft. I really like to help my dad make the sauce and the dough.
Pizza is one of our favorite meals. We have fun making it and then we all sit down and eat it.