June 5, 2018 at 10:04 pm #12594
I finally got started on the redesign/rewrite of my baker’s math recipe calculator.
I started by writing a tool to build up and maintain the ingredients library. It had about 44 items and I’m thinking I need around 100 just to cover the basic bread baking recipes, including a reasonable selection of gluten-free ingredients. I’m working on a way to be able to pull most of the data from the USDA nutritional database. (That means it will be using USDA’s weights for a cup of flour, not King Arthur’s.)
I’m adding nutritional factors to the table (calories, carbs, sodium, etc) but I’m not sure when any computations using them will get added to the calculator program, probably during a later rewrite.
It will also have a pricing module, but I’m not sure how I want to handle having users set up their own pricing library. Regional differences or buying in bulk can make a BIG difference. 5 pounds of KAF AP flour currently costs me $3.99 or about 80 cents/pound, but if I buy a 25 pound bag from WalMart it is $16.98 or about 10 cents cheaper per pound. And if I go with a different brand (like Conagra) I can get 50 pounds of unbleached flour for $17.55 or about 35 cents/pound. Since most loaves of bread uses over a pound of flour, that’s a significant cost difference.2+June 6, 2018 at 7:04 am #12598
Sigh. My Walmart only sells 5 pound bags of KAF flour. It was always a good deal when I could order 25 pound bags from KAF, since I’m in their Bakers’ Bucks program, but they no longer offer any bags larger than 5 pounds to the public.
I’m looking forward to the Bakers Math Recipe Calculator!1+June 6, 2018 at 10:06 am #12601
You might check their online store to see if the 25 pound bags can be delivered to that store, although it looks like that item is currently out of stock at Walmart, though the 10 pound bag is in stock for $6.74. Oddly enough, it looks like the 5 pound bag of KAF AP flour is cheaper at WalMart if you order it online for pickup in the store (3.48) than if you just buy it at that same store.
Or check the Stover Company site http://stovercompany.com/, I might be able to pick up a 50 pound bag of flour for you when I pick up some stuff for us later this summer when we visit our son in Pittsburgh. We often stop in South Bend on the way back home and that’s not too far from you, I think. Email me for details (nolan at tssi dot com)1+June 6, 2018 at 10:34 am #12602
The proof-of-concept version of the Baker’s Math program has been available for a while, see http://romaine.tssi.com/bread/bakersmath.php1+June 7, 2018 at 7:10 am #12613
I’ll be in touch, Mike. We’re about an hour away from South Bend (unless it’s a football weekend!).1+
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