Adding raw materials
To add your raw materials, go to the category "Raw materials catalog" and activate the "Add" button. Each raw material should have a unique name, you can also enter name of the supplier's or producer's to make it easier to distinguish this raw material from similar on your list. Recording the specification number will fully protect you against mistakes in using the raw material for the recipes. The addition of obligatory fields consists in entering data that are required on the label and are the basis for calculating nutritional values in accordance with Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 25, 2011. Other data may be omitted if you are not interested in including them in the results of your recipe. However, if your raw materials are characterized by a wealth of vitamins, minerals or have characteristics that are worth showing to the consumer, it is worth entering this data so that they are shown in the reports.
Each of your own raw material can be edited in order to change or deleted. Please remember that each time you edit the data, you need to confirm your changes by using the "Save" function. Each time you edit data, you need to again calculate your recipes where this raw material is used.
Catalog of raw materials
The "Raw materials catalog" section contains a list of raw materials you have entered, as well as lists of raw materials from external databases. Each database could be activated or deactivated to be used in your recipes.
To convert nutritional values for a particular recipe, you should go to section "Add new recipe" in the top menu or through the "Add new" function in the "Recipe list" tab. To enter a new recipe, you should name the recipe in a unique way, preferably with the name associated with the finished product, eg "Banana cake", add a recipe number given by yourself or in your company's circulation, give the portion size for a given recipe. The calculator calculates values for 100g each time, but you can also calculate nutrition values for a specific portion size, eg one slice.
After specifying the name, number and size of the portion, we assign to the recipe the appropriate raw materials from which this recipe is made. When you start typing the name of the raw material, after entering the first letters, the calculator suggests displaying the names of the suggested raw materials under the field being filled. Clicking the suggested name helps you choose the right raw material. The assignment of the raw material to the recipe takes place by accepting with the "Add" button after pre-entering the percentage / kg amount for the given recipe. After assigning all raw materials to a given recipe, save it by clicking on the "Save and go to calculations" button. This saved and calculated recipe is now available on the "Recipe List".
Modification of recipes
To introduce a modification to the saved recipe, enter it and use the "Change recipe" option that transfers to the page where each saved recipe element can now be changed. The most important thing to remember - if you modify the recipe always save it as a new one, you should change its name and number. If you do not change the name and number and save, then it will change and previously generated reports (calculation results) will be deleted. To generate new reports for the modified recipe, we need to calculated then again.
Calculation of nutrition and enery values for recipes
To perform the value calculation for a single recipe, first enter the recipe and save, then use the option "Generate reports". Reports are the results of calculations. The basic functions of the calculator include generating a report on mandatory nutritional values and energy values, in the form of separate tables and in total. In order to get wider possibilities of calculating the optional values and expanding the calculator's possibilities, you should order the FOODCAL MAX extension module.
Creating multilevel recipes
Select function "Add new multilevel recipe" which allows you to create a recipe that is composed of several individual recipes, or recipes and raw materias. You should name the recipe in a unique way, preferably with the name associated with the finished product, eg "Banana cake", add a recipe number given by yourself or in your company's circulation, give the portion size for a given recipe. The calculator calculates values for 100g each time, but you can also calculate nutrition values for a specific portion size, eg one slice. After entering all the recipes / and raw materials click "Save and go to calculations". This saved recipe is available on the "Multilevel recipe list"
Generating reports with results of calculations
Saving the recipe under its name on the "List of recipes" causes the launch of a new function "generate reports for this recipe" which, when launched, generates and shows reports containing the results of calculations in the form of tables. Each user has access to results reports, which shows:
Table of nutritional values
Table of energy values
Users using the "Modul Max" will also have additional reports available:
Table of non-obligatory values
Table of vitamins content
Table of minerals content
Use of special functions
Applies to users of the extension "Module Max"
Only available to users with the FOODCAL MAX Expansion Module. Each report can be displayed in the form of a PDF document, you can save it in this form on a disk or print it.
To calculate the DRV's values for the recipe, the same procedure should be used as for the calculation of nutritional values. Results should be read from the DRV's value table.
The DRV's report is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX.
To calculate the optional values for the recipe, the same should be done as in the calculation of mandatory nutrients. Results should be read from the table of optional nutritional values. This report is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX.
To calculate the value of vitamins for the recipe, you should proceed in the same way as in the calculation of nutritional values. Results should be read from the vitamins content table. This report is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX.
To calculate the value of minerals for a recipe, you should proceed in the same way as in the calculation of nutritional values. Results should be read from the vitamins content table. This report is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX.
Additional modules - FOODCAL MAX
The additional modules expand the functionality of the Nutrition Calculator with special functions. This module is purchased once for a given account. The module works with all types of subscription. The use of special functions is only available to users who have the FOODCAL MAX which will definitely increase your capabilities. Special functions in the field of calculation are: Dietary Rreference Values - DRV's, calculation of optional nutritional values, vitamins content, minerals content. The calculator also has special functions in terms of its usability and the use of the Expansion Module allows you to generate reports in the form of PDF and *.xcl
The legal basis for developing the results of the Nutrition Calculator is Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the provision of food information to consumers.
Warranty and updates
The user is entitled to a 100% reliability guarantee when using the Nutrition Calculator. In the event of unforeseen difficulties in the use of the calculator, provision is made for compensation in the form of extension of the subscription by the days in which the problem occurred. Each purchase or renewal of the subscription includes free updates during the period of use. Updates to the Expansion Module are always free. The active user always has access to the latest version of the calculator.