Recipe Costing

The cost price of prepared food can be calculated by adding raw ingredients as stock items to the Idealpos database. Food products that are sold to a customer can then be setup as indirect stock items, so each time they are sold, the stock level of raw ingredients are deducted from stock.

By entering these ingredients into Idealpos through Stock Purchases or Purchase Orders, the cost price is updated and flows through to the indirect item, updating the total cost price of that indirect item. This is also used for mixed drinks such as cocktails and mocktails.

This functionality becomes more efficient when used with Stock Manufacturing.

Recipe Costing
Recipe Costing
Recipe Costing
  • Create Stock Controlled Indirect Items in bulk that are used in multiple menu items
  • Bulk items such as sauces, salad dressings and entire salads can be pre-prepared in advance, with total costing per serve
  • Cocktails costed right down to the mls in a drink on every sale
  • Recipes can allow for faster and more accurate stock control

Stock Control

Depending on the work environment, some ingredients can be used in minimal measures, such as 5ml of this, 2gm of that. It's very easy to say "I don't need to account for that, it's such a small amount". In business, it's the little things that matter.

5mls of Cointreau in a cocktail isn't a lot. But if you sell 100 of those cocktails over a weekend, that's a 500ml bottle of Cointreau gone for no reason. Idealpos allows you to take control back and record the little details.

Cost Control

Using the Cointreau example, what exactly does 5ml of Cointreau even cost? Let's say a bottle costs about $60/L, so 5ml will land around .30c. Including all the other ingredients used in your cocktail, you might not even be pricing correctly.

When you use recipe costing right down to the nitty gritty, you can see the true value of your item and charge accordingly. What was a $16 cocktail with Cointreau, should really be a $16.50 cocktail.

Manufacture Items

Idealpos gives you the ability to manufacture items so you can include them in other menu items. These include items such as sauces, potato salads and more. These items can live on a shelf and be added to meal as a serve, keeping portion control and costs on track.

Manufacturing items allows them to be made up of many ingredients, and then the item you have created is then included as an ingredient in the item that is sold to customers.

Recipe Integration Partners

Cooking The Books

Cooking The Books

Not too many chefs get their kicks from serving up numbers and food cost percentages and managing a kitchen is no easy task.

Cooking the Books is a complete kitchen management tool, not just a recipe manager,
but everything you need to run a successful and profitable kitchen with consistently great food.

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