Where a recipe or sub recipe is for use as an ingredient in other recipes, you can specify that it will be declared as a reconstituted ingredient on nutrition labels. A reconstituted ingredient is an ingredient which is reconstituted, or rehydrated, using water. These ingredients are generally from a concentrate and require rehydration to be used in a recipe.
Optionally, you can also assign the recipe or sub recipe to an ingredient group, which means it can be grouped in the ingredient statements on labels (see Notes for more information).
Important: About added water in reconstitution
To reconstitute an ingredient that is a sub recipe or recipe, you need to enter the required added water. To do this, enter the added water as an ingredient on the Ingredients tab of this recipe, or on the Ingredients tab of the recipe that uses this recipe as an ingredient.
- You need a raw material for added water. In this raw material, on the General tab, set its Declaration name to Water. Foodworks treats any raw materials declared as Water as added water in its calculations.
- In a sub recipe or recipe, the Reconstitution rate that you set applies to the weight of all the ingredients that are not added water.
Any added water present in the recipe tree (that is, a raw material with the Declaration name Water) is available for use in reconstitution.
A reconstituted ingredient absorbs added water up to its reconstitution rate. If not enough water is present for the reconstitution rate specified, the ingredient absorbs all of the available water in the recipe tree and will be partially reconstituted.
To declare a recipe or sub recipe as a reconstituted ingredient
- Open the recipe or sub recipe.
- On the General tab, click Label declaration
- In the dropdown list, select Reconstituted ingredient.
- In the Declaration name box, enter the name you wish to use for this recipe or sub recipe when it is used as an ingredient.
- Optional: To assign this ingredient to an Ingredient Group, either type a new ingredient group name or select an existing group from the dropdown. See Notes.
- In the Statement (>5%) box, enter the statement for when this recipe or sub recipe is more than 5% of the final recipe.
- From the Statement (<5%) setting dropdown, select the statement for when recipe or sub recipe is less than 5% of the final recipe.
- In the Rate box, enter the ratio at which this recipe or sub recipe is reconstituted. For example, to dilute 1 to dilute 1 kg of the recipe with 4 kg of water, in the Rate box, enter 4.
- Click Save.
Notes: About ingredient groups
- Ingredient groups are categories you define – such as fruit, nuts, milk products – to group ingredients (whether a recipe, sub recipe or raw material) when they appear in the ingredient statement of a nutrition label. For example, if the raw materials cashews and almonds have been assigned to the group nuts, then they can appear in labels as nuts (cashews, almonds).
- When you create a new ingredient group by typing it into a resource, it is added to the dropdown list of ingredient groups, so you can then select it for other resources.
- To use an ingredient group in a label for a final recipe, set the properties for that recipe's label: Open the recipe, click the Labelling tab, then select the ingredient group.