Administrator - Search Recipes (USDA & Dairy Rich)

CNCentral allows menus planners the ability to search a database of USDA, Dairy Rich (dairy council recipes) and manufacturer recipes and pull in these recipes into the local recipe database for eventual use on menus. Recipes are fully built out with ingredients scaled to the correct quantities, directions and notes, recipe category, HAACP information, etc. Searching for and adding fully built out recipes saves menu planners time in creating new standardized recipe from scratch and provides for new, fresh ideas for menuing.

Once imported into the local recipe database, menu planners can modify and customize the recipe as desired such as recipe descriptions, ingredients within a recipe, description details and information, portions, and instructions. Menu planners will also have the option to swap out the generic ingredients from the recipes with purchased ingredients so these items will reflect purchased items on forecasts and in inventory. 

To search the USDA, Dairy Rich, and Supplier recipe database and bring that selected recipe into local recipe database: 

  1. Navigate to the recipes module using the left side black bar. Click the blue plus sign button on the bottom right side of your screen. 
  2. Select the Search Recipes button.
  3. Enter a recipe name or keyword into the search bar and use the filters if desired to narrow down the results. You'll be able to filter for Source, Recipe Category, and Meal Components desired. Click the magnifying glass or hit the enter key when you're ready to search based on the criteria select/entered. 
  4. Click on the name of the desired recipe.
  5. Review the information for the recipe including Recipe Info, Ingredients & Directions, and Nutrients & Meal Components from the corresponding tabs. Note: You will not be able to make any changes to the recipe at this point
  6. Click the Add button to add this recipe to your local recipe database. Note: All ingredients in the recipe are made up of generic items. When you add this recipe to your recipes database, all generic item ingredients will automatically get added to your local item database. If you'd like to add Purchase Unit and Inventory Unit information for each of these generic items, you'll complete this task after adding this recipe to your recipes database by going into your item database and locating/editing each generic item. You also have the option to swap the generic item out for a branded item you purchase. 

Once a searched recipe is added to the local recipe database, modifications can be made. To modify the recipe:

  1. Locate the recipe from the local recipes database or enter the name of the recipe in the search bar. click on the recipe when located.
  2. Edit any desired information from the Recipe Info tab such as recipe name or yield. Note: CNCentral will scale all ingredients if desired when the yield is changed
  3. Click the Save & Close button to save the changes you've made.

To swap generic ingredients for purchased ingredients already located in your local item database: 

  1. Locate the recipe from the local recipes database or enter the name of the recipe in the search bar. click on the recipe when located.
  2. Click on the Ingredients & Directions tab.
  3. Click the blue plus sign button and select the Search Ingredient button.
  4. Enter the name of the ingredient you'd like to swap the generic ingredient for. Click on it when located.
  5. Enter a weigh or measure which is similar to that of the generic ingredient in the recipe. Click the Add button when you're ready to add this ingredient to the recipe.
  6. Now you will need to delete the generic ingredient. Click the three dots icon off to the right hand side of the corresponding ingredient and select Delete.
  7. Repeat steps 3-6 for each generic ingredient you'd like to swap out for a purchased item.
  8. Save & Close the recipe when all ingredient swaps have been made.
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