Iowa State University’s produced a CD-ROM that will help school-lunch cooks nationwide handle their meal-making directions. Professor Dan Henroid says it can help food-service managers document a recipe, something that will be welcome to anyone who’s been surprised in a restaurant.When you order a meal that doesn’t taste as good as it did last time, Henroid says they may not be following the same recipe. Henroid says the “Recipe Standardization Project” will help cooks double a batch for a bigger school, or track ingredients they’ve used. Cooks must create meals that meet nutritional guidelines to get school-lunch reimbursement from the government, and Henroid says you should know what nutrients are in a meal that’s cooked. The recipe project can help cooks track their food-service costs by logging the ingredients they use, and Henroid adds there’s an important safety factor.If someone has a known allergy, you’ll be able to see if your recipe has ingredients that could cause their allergic reaction. The CD-ROM project is being tested in eight school districts nationwide, including the Nevada schools in Iowa.
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