Introducing the Master Recipe Management tool
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Frequently asked questions
What is recipe management software?
Recipe management software is a digital tool or application designed to help individuals or businesses store, organize, and retrieve recipes. Beyond basic storage, many of these software solutions offer features like ingredient tracking, cost calculation, nutritional analysis, and scaling recipes up or down. It sounds great, right?
The problem with these expensive programs is they often cost more than smaller operators can manage (both time and resource intensive). Downloading our Mise Mode Master Recipe Management Tool will give you the simple, affordable system you need to record and hold your master recipe database in one place while attaching it to a master product inventory list so that you can view your food and recipe costs in “real time”.
Once the template is built out, all you need to do is update your product inventory list on a weekly basis and the recipes will auto-populate with the updated costs if the file is set up correctly. The ability to see your recipe cost impacts in “real time” is the game changer you need to ensure your recipes are delivering the profit required to run your business for the long term.
Why do people use recipe apps?
People turn to recipe apps for various benefits. Digital recipes offer easy access anytime, anywhere. They allow for efficient organization, making it simple to search and categorize without flipping through physical books. Many also enable sharing with loved ones and come with added tools like grocery lists or video guides. For culinary professionals, these apps ensure consistent dish preparation, especially in commercial settings.
Where apps don’t bring home the value is holding your database with “real-time” food costs. It’s one thing to search and find a recipe - it’s another thing entirely to know your recipe costs so that you and your team can act quickly to change sales prices or update recipes to ensure your profit margins stay intact when ingredient costs fluctuate. That’s why we built the MM Master Recipe Management Tool. There is nothing more important to your business than understanding your food cost “in real time”.
What is OMS software?
OMS software stands for "Order Management System" software. It is a digital tool used by businesses to track sales, orders, inventory, and fulfillment processes. An OMS streamlines order processing by ensuring that all the relevant departments within a business are synchronized, leading to efficient order processing and improved customer satisfaction. The thing is, OMS software is awesome for mature businesses with the resources to support implementing these expensive and time-consuming programs. But what about the smaller businesses who need the efficiency of ordering systems without the hefty price tag? You have to do the foundational work to get your business fundamentals organized, accurately recorded, and easy to use on a daily and weekly basis. Mise Mode’s tools are designed to help small food business owners build their systems the right way from the beginning so that you get the benefit of the big expensive programs without the price tag.
What three files does a recipe management application maintain?
Recipe management applications typically house a variety of files and databases, but three are particularly prevalent. First, there are recipe files, detailing ingredients, quantities, and preparation methods, and often supplemented with images or videos. Second, is the ingredient inventory, which monitors on-hand ingredients, their quantities, costs, and respective suppliers. Lastly, the apps often feature menus or meal plans, permitting users to curate various recipes for daily meals, special occasions, or even drafting restaurant menus.
The thing is, none of this matters if your recipes aren’t built for profit, and you aren’t able to view your cost impacts “in real time” in our opinion. What does this mean?
Egg prices more than doubled for part of 2023, but a lot of food business owners had no view of what that meant for their overall profitability and were not able to act fast enough to either raise their egg dish prices, or change their recipes to ensure their profit margins were maintained. So, a lot of businesses struggled with cash flow challenges in the midst of a trying labor market because they didn’t have a view of their food costs. Don’t get distracted with the razzle dazzle of cool apps. If you don’t know what profit your recipes are generating, you won’t be able to ensure your business maintains a level of profitability that will keep cash flowing (and doors open).
What is a restaurant management app?
A restaurant management app is a comprehensive digital tool designed to handle various aspects of running a restaurant. These can include table reservations, point-of-sale operations, staff scheduling, inventory management, customer feedback, and often integrate with recipe management tools. The main goal of such apps is to streamline operations, improve customer experience, and optimize profitability. These apps and programs are amazing when you have your foundational work done. But, if you don’t have your recipes recorded accurately in a master file connected to real-time food costs, and if you don’t have team-facing training materials based on those accurate recipes, you are probably losing money.
Recording recipes with integrity and having a view of “real-time” food costs is a game-changer when it comes to managing your food business. If your recipes are accurately recorded and built for profitability (and monitored for ongoing profitability!), you can ensure your training materials are correct.
Let’s look at a practical example:
Say you have a Club Sandwich on your menu that uses 4oz of Chicken and 2oz Bacon in the recipe. Chicken prices go up, and you decide to reduce the amount of chicken to 3.5 oz in order to keep the sales price the same (and maintain your goal profit margin). Did you then update your training materials in the kitchen and communicate the changes to your team? Or are they still making it with 4oz of chicken? How do you ensure there is a system in place to take recipe costs and ensure there is one master file that can be used for reference and training materials on an ongoing basis? Mise Mode’s Master Recipe Management Tool is the first step to ensuring your menu system is built to support a truly sustainable business.