JSI Recipe Analysis - A Brief Tutorial
In this brief tutorial, we will create a simple recipe — a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- From the recipe analysis home page, open
the recipe list by clicking View my recipes on the
The recipe list will open. If you are just getting started, you will see no recipes listed.
- To create a new recipe, click the Add a Recipe
button on the right side of the Recipe List.
The recipe editor will open.
Name the recipe. The name can be anything you like. You may use letters, numbers, apostrophe ('), dash (-), and underscore (_).
You want a recipe name to be unique among your recipes. When naming a recipe you plan to make public choose a name that will distinguish it from any body else's similar recipe.
- For this recipe, enter "1" in Number of Servings. This recipe will be for just one sandwich.
- For the recipe analysis tool to know what criteria to use to evaluate
the recipe, you must specify a Category
For our sandwich, select Entree.
- In the Available Ingredients box on the left,
click Nuts-Seeds to expand the folder. Then click Nuts
to expand that folder. Then click any variety of peanut butter
you like. Below the selection box, click the Add to Recipe button.
This is one method of adding an ingredient to the recipe's ingredient list.
- In the recipe's Ingredients area, specify the amount of peanut butter used. Enter Quantity 2 and select Units Tablespoons.
- Now, let's add the jam. This time, we'll use the filter feature
to find the jam and the drag-drop method to add the jam to the recipe.
In the Available Ingredients box, enter "jam" in the Filter box, then click the Go button.
The list of ingredients will change so that only items with "jam" in the title appear. At the top of the list are the "most frequently used" ingredients that match your search criteria.
You can read more about filtering ingredients in the Viewing Ingredients help file.
Use your mouse to drag the jam onto the recipe's Ingredients area. While you are dragging, you will see the target area highlighted in yellow. When you successfully drop the ingredient into the area, it will be added to the recipe's ingredients list.
Set the amount of jam to 1 Tablespoon.
If you enter "strawberry" in the "Preparation" field, this will show up on your printed recipe as jam, strawberry, 1 Tablespoon. The Preparation field is used for any instructions you want to provide to a person following the recipe. For example, if you want carrots sliced, you can add the carrots, then specify "sliced" in the Preparation field. The Preparation field does not affect the nutrient analysis or show up on the food label.
- Finally, add bread to your ingredients. Use either method you prefer to find your choice of bread and to move your selected bread to the recipe's ingredients list. Enter the amount as 2 slices.
- You may have noticed, as you progress in specifying your recipe, messages
appear on the right side of the window below the ingredients. Those messages
will remind you that you need to add ingredients, specify quantities, and units
in order to see results in nutrition facts and Massachusetts standards.
Once you have all necessary information (ingredients, number of servings, and amounts), the recipe's nutrient facts, MA standards adherence, and National School Lunch Program equivalents are calculated automatically.
If you have completed adding the ingredients and specified the amounts above, you should see a problem. There is too much fat in our sandwich.
- Reduce the fat in the sandwich by changing the peanut butter to 1 tablespoon.
The nutrition facts are automatically recalculated, and the recipe now passes the evaluation for the Massachusetts Nutrition Standards.
- It is a good idea to save at this point. Click the large Save Recipe button.
- Return to the recipe list by clicking Recipes on the menu bar. You will see your recipe listed.
- Now look at some of the public recipes. In the Select Recipes box,
check the box for Public Recipes, then click Show Selections.
Click the name of one of those recipes to view it.
Notice how it has steps describing the process of creating the recipe.
- Let's return to our recipe and add some steps.
Click Recipes from the navigation menu at the top.
To the right of your recipe, click the Edit Recipe button.
Your recipe opens.
- Below the ingredients is an area to add steps.
Click the Add Recipe Step button to create a space to enter information on how to create your recipe. Click the button two more times so you have a total of three steps available. (Notice that they are automatically numbered.)
Enter these steps:
- Smear peanut butter on one slice of bread.
- Smear jam over peanut butter.
- Put second slice of bread on top.
- Click Save Recipe to save your work.
This time, when you click Save, it asks you for the purpose of your change. For accountability, the system tracks who, when, and why changes are made to recipes. Enter the purpose of your change to document the change history of this recipe.
- Return to the recipe list.
- On the recipe list, click your recipe name.
A view of your recipe opens.
- Click the Download Recipe button in the upper right corner to
"print" your recipe.
This doesn't actually send the recipe to your printer. Rather, it asks you to open (or save) the recipe in your preferred document editor. You can use your document editor to add headers/footers or make other changes you see fit.
- Close the print view of your recipe.
- Notice the allergens list for your recipe. It should list peanuts, wheat and
possibly other allergens depending on the ingredients you selected.
It is likely it declares "may contain soy." Let's pretend you have checked your bread's ingredient label and you have confirmed it contains soy. You must therefore override the automatic allergen selection to be more specific.
Edit the recipe again. In the Allergen area, change the Soy selection to Yes.
Save your recipe. View your recipe again to confirm the change was made to your recipe.
This concludes the brief tutorial. For additional information, please peruse the help files.