In the restaurant business, consistency is important, as long as the quality is consistent. You can’t expect every dish to be exactly the same as the one before it, but you should expect it to be pretty close. All this is to say that there is margin for error.
Manufacturing and producing food products is a different story. Accuracy and consistency are incredibly important. A mistake with a restaurant dish is limited to the dish itself, making an error in food production could mean a lot of money down the drain as food manufacturing is done in quantity.
Which brings me to the purpose of this blog… The importance of using consistent and defined units of measure in food production.. Yay how exciting, numbers.. math.. charts..
Not my favorite topic, BUT, the truth is that this is VERY important for food entrepreneurs and small food businesses. We receive calls everyday from customers asking us to help them solve a problem in their accounting, recipe or production and usually improper units of measure is the cause.
When putting together a recipe containing multiple types of ingredients, I.E. solid ingredients and liquids, it’s important to measure them consistently and correctly.
For American businesses
It’s important to measure solids by weight:
Teaspoons: 6 teaspoons = 1 ounce
Tablespoons: 2 tablespoons = 1 ounce
Ounces: 16 ounces = 1 Pound
And Liquids by volume:
1 Cup = 8 fluid ounces = 16 tablespoon = 237 ML
We often find customers using “units” and “cups” when they should be using weight, as in 1 unit of bananas or 1 cup of cherries for example. If there are specific “units” unique to your production process, NutraSoft allows you to create and use your own numbers. As an example we have the images below:
NutraSoft comes with predefined units of measure, yet allows you to create your own as seen in the next image.
It’s fine to be creative with terminology that works best with your business and production process, as long as the measurement behind the terminology is defined.
Using a software tool like NutraSoft can help reduce food & inventory wasted in the production process by helping your business keep track of all your lots, ingredients & recipes.
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