When a Recipe Makes Less Than 1 Package

Posted on April 21, 2017 by

For a while on ReciPal's nutrition label generator there was a requirement that the Packages Per Recipe field (now listed as "How many packages does this recipe make?") be at least 1 package. While that is basically always the case in a production environment, it's not always the case in development.

A Small Example

As an example, maybe you make a very small, say 1 ounce, recipe for testing purposes and want to see what the nutrition label would look like for that variation. If the package is potentially going to be 4 ounces, then you would have been a bit out of luck. You'd have to scale up the recipe to be 4 times the size so it makes at least as much as the 4 ounce package.

We made a super simple change on our end so that this isn't the case and allows for greater flexibility in developing nutrition labels (and unit costing too). Now the Packages Per Recipe field only has to be greater than zero. In the case above, you can set the Packages Per Recipe field to 0.25 and the nutrition label will reflect an actual 4 oz package based on the 1 oz recipe you entered.

If the recipe only made 1/10th of a total package, you would set the "How many packages does this recipe make?" field to 0.1. If it's one half, it would be 0.5. You get the idea :)

Packages Per Recipe Field

Now the Packages field can be less than 1, but still has to be greater than 0.

Final Thoughts

We think this gives ReciPal and our nutrition facts label maker quite a bit more flexibility, especially for recipe developers that aren't always working with recipes that are production scale, but still want production scale nutrition and costing information.

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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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