Declare a raw material as a reconstituted ingredient


You can declare a raw material on labels as a reconstituted ingredient. A reconstituted ingredient is an ingredient which is reconstituted, or rehydrated, using water. These ingredients are generally a concentrate and require rehydration to be returned to their original form. 

Optionally, you can also assign the raw material to an ingredient group, which means it can be grouped in the ingredient statements on labels (see Notes).

Important: About added water in reconstitution

To reconstitute a raw material, you can either:

  • Create a recipe for the reconstitution and enter both the raw material and the required added water as ingredients in this recipe. OR
  • Ensure that added water is somewhere in the ingredient tree of your final recipe. That water is available for reconstitution.

In both cases you need to declare the raw material as a reconstituted ingredient (procedure below).

Please note:

  • You need a raw material for added water. When you create that raw material, set its Declaration name to Water. Foodworks treats any raw materials declared as Water as added water in its calculations.
  • A reconstituted ingredient absorbs added water up to its reconstitution rate. If not enough water is present in the recipe's ingredient tree, the ingredient absorbs the available water.

To declare a raw material as a reconstituted ingredient 

  1. Open the raw material.
  2. On the General tab, click Label declaration.
  3. In the dropdown list, select Reconstituted ingredient.
  4. In the Declaration name box, enter the name you wish to use for this raw material when it is used as an ingredient.
  5. 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.
  6. In the Statement (>5%) box, enter the statement for when this recipe or sub recipe is more than 5% of the final recipe.
  7. From the Statement (<5%) setting dropdown, select the statement for when recipe or sub recipe is less than 5% of the final recipe.
  8. In the Rate box, enter the ratio at which this recipe or sub recipe is reconstituted. For example, to dilute 1 kg of the recipe with 4 kg of water, in the Rate box, enter 4. 
  9. 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. 
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