Subrecipe Improvements, Volume VIII

Posted on January 19, 2017 by

One of our favorite parts of ReciPal, and something everyone should be aware of, is subrecipes. They allow you use recipes in other recipes, making your life much easier when multiple recipes use the same base or components.

It seems like we're always working on them, so even though this may not be version 8 of subrecipe improvements, it feels that way!

Subrecipes at a Glance

And the way it works is when you turn a recipe into a subrecipe we automatically create a custom ingredient based on the nutrition of that recipe. It also automatically updates that custom ingredient whenever you make changes to the underlying recipe. That way everything stays up to date through all your recipes that contain the subrecipe.

We're always making changes to make ReciPal more robust and easier to use, and subrecipes are usually part of that process. For example, making sure costing flows through subrecipes when making changes.

New Subrecipe Improvements

One thing that didn't automatically update was when a change in the subrecipe changed the serving size or weight. While the nutrition would change for the downstream recipes, the units and weight of the subrecipe would not. Now when the recipe yield or package or serving weight changes for a subrecipe, we'll check and update the weights of any recipe ingredients that use that ingredient and one of those units.

And one very small change we added is a small "(s)" denotation on the recipe dashboard to mark subrecipes, so it's a little easier to find them. Sometimes you're looking for that subrecipe and this makes it that much easier to find what you're looking for.

Marking subrecipes in ReciPal

Making it just a little easier to locate subrecipes with the "(s)" denotation.

Final Thoughts

That wraps it up for this round of subrecipe updates. Anything else you'd like to see to make subrecipes or ReciPal's nutrition labeling in general better? Let us know in the comments below.

About Lev Berlin

Lev Berlin ReciPal SlantShack Author Bio

Lev Berlin is the founder & CEO of ReciPal. Having previously been a founder of SlantShack Jerky, he needed nutrition labels and simple tools to start and run the business. He's read the FDA food labeling code countless times in the process of creating ReciPal and helping small food businesses with their labels. He's reviewed and created thousands of food labels, and been a mentor and guest speaker at food incubators, food business courses, and regulatory conferences, like Brooklyn Foodworks and ICE.

After graduating from Princeton with an engineering degree, Lev was a management consultant, then founder or early employee at half a dozen startups. He loves nothing more than helping other small businesses get off the ground and achieve their goals.

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