If you’ve ever had the misfortune of shopping for women’s clothes (if not, lucky you!), then you’ll understand exactly what we mean when we say that sometimes non-universal markings can be extremely confusing! You’re a size S in one store, L in the other, and Z in the one after that cause they’ve decided to adopt a new sizing system altogether!
Standing in front of a seemingly never ending flour lane at the grocery store can evoke pretty similar feelings! From German wheat flour type 1050 to American pumpernickel and the countless variations of Grades 2, 1, 0, 00… It seems like flour should be a bit more straightforward, doesn’t it? Well, with a bit of helpful information, it can be. As long as you make sure to get your hands on a couple of essentials, you’ll be good to go! No more need to wander aimlessly between isles of gargantuan proportions, worrying about whether or not other people can tell that you’ve got absolutely no idea what to do (don’t worry, they don’t either). But you have to make sure that Italian type 00 flour is one of those essentials! And here’s why.
Italian 00 flour is the “softest” flour, which essentially means that it’s been very finely ground and has the least possible amount of bran left in it. Similarly, grade 2 flour is the coarsest one - “hard” flour - that we call wholewheat, and grades 1 and 0 hover somewhere in-between. The 00 flour has its low starch and gluten content to thank for the ultimate pizza and pasta flour title. It’s predominantly these two factors (or lack thereof) that make for silky smooth doughs with a very little elasticity - and if the dough doesn’t stretch a lot, it’s guaranteed to result in a chewy product with a good bite - precisely what we want in our carby Italian classics! Thus, all you’ll need for perfectly smooth homemade doughs is the right kind of 00 (without the 7, though).
And, if at this point you’re already wondering where to buy Italian 00 flour, you’re precisely where you need to be! The only question that remains now is - what are you planning on making this weekend? We might have a few suggestions!