by This Little Piggy » Sun Feb 01, 2015 2:14 pm
Giving Ryan Farr's recipes a closer look, I can't say that I'm encouraged to give them a try.
At first glance, it looks like a good thing that for all the ingredients, he gives dry measure amounts, weight in grams, and a percentage, which is very handy for scaling up a recipe. Only he doesn't seem to understand how the percentage system is most useful.
For professional breadbaker's, the total flour weight (since it's the heaviest) is taken as 100%, and then all the other ingredients are a lesser percentage of that (ie, the weight of the water is 60% to the flour's 100%, or 600 g per 1kg). Scaling up is easy; it's all about ratios; once you know how much you're increasing the flour, you apply the same multiple to everything else: 5kg of flour? multiply that by 0.6 and there's your water.
In Ryan Farr's book, he takes the total, final weight of the sausage mix (which he doesn't give you, except in very rough terms) as 100%. I'm sorry, but that's useless. When it comes to making sausage you usually start with a certain amount of meat that you have to work with. That's why a baker's percentage (taking this as 100% and scaling everything else to it) works. Knowing that the meat is supposed be 72% of the total recipe doesn't help you scale anything up.
It's just as well, as the percentages he gives aren't accurate anyway. For his maple-bacon breakfast sausage on page 60, he calls for 42g of ice water (saying that's 2% of the total) and 84g of maple syrup (saying that's 6.15% of the total). Now, you don't have to have a calculator handy to realize that 84g is twice as much as 42g, but that 6.15% is a lot more than twice as much as 2%. The percentage for the ice water is off by more than 50%. While we're not talking about a lot of water, it is a huge percentage to be off and doesn't inspire confidence. Since all the percentages in the recipe do add up to 100, I don't know what happened to that 1.07% of water he's missing... It's as if the percentages have just been fudged in order to make them add up to 100, when that number is useless anyway.
"Nothing exceeds like excess."
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