Other Krecipes Components

The Shopping List

The Shopping List component appears when the Shopping List button is clicked in the left pane of the Krecipes window.


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The Shopping List Component


When selected, the component title appears at the top in the right pane of the window.

Below this is a text box to enter the specific name of a recipe to search for. Recipes can also be chosen by selecting them from the list. Either way, the selected recipe must by transferred to the right-hand side of the screen under the heading Shopping List by clicking on the button between the two portions of the screen.

Once the desired recipes have been transferred to the shopping list side of the screen, click the OK button.

Tip

  • Recipe names can also be transferred out of the shopping list side of the screen by clicking on the button.

  • The entire list of recipes that has been selected for producing the shopping list can be cleared by clicking the Clear button.

When the OK button is clicked, a window will appear that lists all ingredients contained in the Krecipes database on the left and the ingredients required for the selected recipe(s) on the right. Above each of these is a Search: text box to enter the name of an ingredient to search for within each of the lists.

Ingredients can be transferred to and from either side by clicking on the or button that appears between the lists, as needed.

In the recipe ingredient list on the right, the Amount and the Unit of each ingredient can be edited by double-clicking on the appropriate value. For example, if the recipe requires 4 eggs and a purchase of eggs is required to make the recipe, it is unlikely that you would buy 4 eggs. In this case, the eggs ingredient could be selected, the Amount changed to 1 and the Unit changed to doz. or dozen.

When all desired changes have been made to the ingredients for the recipe(s) selected, click the Done button and the Shopping List will display.

From the Shopping List window, click the Print button to print the shopping list, or click the Close button to close the window.

The Diet Helper

The purpose of the Diet Helper component is to help plan menus for days, or weeks, at a time. Because of the ability to select nutrient values in this component, you are also able to plan your meals to adhere to nutrient limits. This makes either restricting or enhancing your diet much easier and more efficient.


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The Diet Helper Component


The Diet Helper component is accessed by clicking on the Diet Helper button in the left pane of the Krecipes window. As with other Krecipes components, the user interface appears in the right pane under the heading Diet Helper.

To start setting up your menus, the first thing your have to do is select the number of days that you are planning for and the number of meals per day.

In the rectangular area under the heading Number of Days, the number of days is set at - 1 -. To increase this value, click and hold the left mouse button and move the slider to the right. The value will increment up to - 6 - and then, change to - 1 week -. After the number of days changes to - 1 week -, increases are in increments of 1 week to a maximum of 4 weeks.

Similarly, in the rectangular area under the heading Meals per Day, the number of meals displays as - 1 -. This value is incremented by clicking and holding the left mouse button and moving the slider to the right until the desired number of meals is displayed, up to a maximum of 10. When the slider is adjusted, a tab will appear for each of the meals.

The next step is to specify the number of dishes per meal. This is done by using the spinbox beside the No. of dishes: label to adjust the number.

Beside the No. of dishes: are the Previous Dish and Next Dish buttons that are used to navigate back and forth between dishes as you specify the type of recipe for each. As you utilize these buttons to move back and forth between dishes, you will note that in the Dish Characteristics area of the screen, the dish label changes as follows —

  • 1st Course

  • 2nd Course

  • Dessert

And for subsequent meals —

  • Dish 4, Dish 5, etc.

Planning Menus

In the Dish Characteristics area of the screen and beside the dish label, there is a tick box to Enable Category Filtering. Clicking this box enables the feature. It is important that you choose to do this because you may otherwise end up having Cheesecake, or some other unreasonable dish for breakfast!

With category filtering turned on, you can select the category to be used for the dish as specified by the dish label located beside the category selection box. For instance, the dish label might show 1st Course. If you are selecting courses for your dinner meal, you might then select the category Salads from the category list. A scrollbar exists to the right that allows moving up and down within the list.

Continuing with the example of selecting dishes for your dinner meal, you would then click the Next Dish button. When you do this, you will note that the dish label changes to 2nd Course and that again, you must turn category filtering on. Now, you can proceed with the selection of the category for your next dish, for example, Pasta.

Continue selecting the types of dishes for your meals in this same manner. When you have completed selecting the types of dishes, at this point, you can click the Create the diet button.

Note

At this point, you are planning a menu only and not taking any dietary and nutrient constraints into consideration. To plan menus and consider nutrient consumption, see the section Planning Diet-Conscious Menus.

When you click the Create the diet button, the Diet window appears which displays your menus for the number of days that you have selected. In this window, you can click the Create Shopping List button to create the shopping list for your menus. You can also choose to print the menu by clicking the Print button. Clicking the Cancel button closes the Diet window and returns you to the previous screen.

Planning Diet-Conscious Menus

All the steps listed in the section Planning Menus also apply here. This section will discuss the incorporation of nutrient values into your menus.

Before you can include nutrients in your menu plan, you must ensure the following —

  1. Nutrients or properties must be loaded for the ingredients. See the section Properties in Ingredients for further instructions. If an ingredient does not contain nutrient values, it will be ignored.

  2. Units of measure must be associated with the ingredients. Since most nutrients are measured in g/g or mg/g, ensure that g is one of the units associated with each ingredient. See the section Units in Ingredients for additional information.

  3. The equivalencies between the units of measure must be completed in the Units component within the Mass Conversions and Volume Conversions tabs. See the section Completing Your Conversion Tables for instructions.

Once you have ensured that all necessary details have been provided for your ingredients, you are ready to consider nutrients in your menu plan. Of course, attending to these details should be done prior to the start of creating your menu/diet, since the consideration of nutrient values is a continuation of planning a basic menu.

In the portion of the screen that lists the nutrients, under the heading Enabled, select the nutrient that you want to consider by clicking on the tick box that appears to the left of the nutrient name. Note that you do not have to select every ingredient, only those that you wish to take into consideration. A scrollbar exists to the right that allows moving up and down within the list.

To the right of the nutrient name, columns labeled Min. Value and Max. Value exist. These are used to set the minimum and maximum values of nutrients so that when the search for appropriate recipes is done, only recipes that have a particular nutrient falling into the specified range will be considered for your menu/diet.

To set the ranges for a nutrient that you want to take into consideration, select it (it will be highlighted). Under the headings for Min. Value and Max. Value, the 0 that was under each heading prior to selecting the nutrient will change to 0.00. A spinbox will show beside each of these values that you can utilize to set the value that you want. Alternatively, you can click on the value, position the cursor to where you want to type using the directional arrows and type a value, or you can double-click on the value to highlight it and type over the entire value that exists. These steps must be completed in each course category for each nutrient that you want to consider.

It should be noted that you may omit providing a minimum value for a nutrient, in which case the minimum value would remain as 0. However, if you provide a minimum value, you must provide a maximum because, obviously, a maximum cannot be less than a minimum.

Note

At any point in the process of planning a menu/diet, you can click the Clear button to clear all entries and begin again.

Once you have completed entering all the nutrient information, click the Create the diet button to create your menu/diet.

When you click the Create the diet button, the Diet window appears which displays your menus for the number of days that you have selected. In this window, you can click the Create Shopping List button to create the shopping list for your menus. You can also choose to print the menu by clicking the Print button. Clicking the Cancel button closes the Diet window and returns you to the previous screen.

The Ingredient Matcher

The purpose of the Ingredient Matcher component is to find recipes that you are able to make (or almost make) with ingredients that you have on hand. To access the Ingredient Matcher component, click on the Ingredient Matcher button that is visible in the left frame of the Krecipes window.

Once the component starts, typical of all Krecipes components, the name will appear at the top of the window in the right frame. Beneath this, beside the Search: label, there is a text box to enter the recipe ingredient that you want to search for.


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The Ingredient Matcher Component


Below the Search: box, under the heading Ingredient there is a list of all the ingredients that are in the Krecipes database, both ones provided by default and those that you have entered by either adding them in the Ingredients component or by entering them in a recipe, which automatically adds the ingredient to the database. Elsewhere in this document, further information is provided on the use of the Ingredients Component.

The first step to finding a recipe for which you have the ingredients on hand is to search for one or more ingredients. This can be done by entering an ingredient name in the Search: box above the ingredient list or, by just scrolling through the list using the scrollbar that is on the right of it and selecting ingredients.

It is likely that the ingredients that you want to select will not be adjacent to each other, but this is not a problem. Simply click on the first ingredient that you want to use and then, hold down the Ctrl key and click on the next ingredient. This will work even if you are using the Search: box to look for ingredients. Just remember that after finding and selecting the first ingredient and then, using the search box to locate the next (and any subsequent) ingredient, you must hold down the Ctrl key before clicking on the ingredient name. Krecipes dictates that at least one of the selected ingredients be in each of the recipes listed in the search results.

The next step, is to transfer the selected ingredients to the list box that appears to the right of your ingredient list. This is done by clicking on the that appears between the two lists. Ingredients can be transferred one at a time, or in multiples as previously described. Your ingredients will be listed under the heading Ingredient (required?). If you would like to search for recipes that contain a specific ingredient, you can select the check box beside the ingredient name to indicate that it is a required ingredient for any recipes returned in your search. Conversely, ingredients can be transferred out of the right-hand list box by clicking on the button.

Once you have transferred the ingredients to the listbox on the right, you can enter an Amount Available in the column beneath this heading. This is done by double-clicking on the space beside the ingredient for which you want to enter an available amount. The Enter amount - Krecipes dialog box will appear in which you can enter an amount in the text box below the Amount label. Next, you can select the unit of measure for the ingredient from the drop-down menu that appears beside the Amount text box. Click the OK button to accept the amount entered, or the Cancel button to close the dialog box. Of course, you don't have to enter an amount if you know that you have enough of the ingredient for any recipe that might be returned in your search.

Tip

If your right-hand ingredient list is fairly lengthy and you are looking for an ingredient for which you might want to enter an Amount Available, a Search: box appears above this list as well. When you enter a search term in this box, it will search only the ingredients that are in the right-hand list box.

Before the recipes containing the selected ingredients will display, you must select the number of missing ingredients permitted in your recipes. This is accomplished by using the spinbox beside the label Missing ingredients allowed:. There will always be certain ingredients that you have on hand, for example, salt or sugar. One of the purposes of allowing missing ingredients is to compensate for those ingredients that are normally in your cupboard. It is for this reason that you might want to set the Missing ingredients allowed: to a reasonably high number. Or, if the number of missing ingredients shows as 0, you can click on the text box beside the Missing ingredients allowed: label to activate it and then, press the directional arrow which will cause Any to appear in the text box, indicating that any number of missing ingredients are permitted.

Caution

Setting the missing ingredients too high will result in a longer list of recipes. Setting the missing ingredients too low will result in either no recipes being found, or cause the search to exclude recipes that you might also be able to make had you allowed for slightly more missing ingredients.

Click the Find matching recipes button to display the search results in the area beneath the phrase Possible recipes with the specified ingredients. The recipe title will appear under the heading Title. The recipe id will appear under the heading Id and the missing ingredients will display under the heading Missing ingredients. The width of the columns that apply to each of these headings can be adjusted for viewing purposes. When your recipes are listed, they are grouped according to the number of missing ingredients and for each group, prior to listing the recipes, the number of missing ingredients is specified.

If your search does not provide recipes that are of interest, you can adjust the number of missing ingredients and click the Find matching recipes button to display new results based on the ingredients selected. Alternatively, you can press the Clear recipe list button to clear the recipe list to perform a whole new search with different ingredients.

Krecipes makes it easy for you to find a recipe that you can make with ingredients on hand. However, if you do have to run to the store, once you decide on the recipe that you want to make, you can use the The Shopping List to make your shopping list.

The Data Button

The Data button performs one simple function – when clicked, it gives access to additional components.

Tip

When the additional components are revealed, click the Up button to return to the previous list.

The Ingredients Component

The Ingredients component is accessed by first, clicking on the Data button to reveal the additional Krecipes components, and then, clicking on the Ingredients button.

When the Ingredients component opens, the component title will be seen at the top. Below the heading Ingredient list, there is a list of ingredients contained in the Krecipes database is shown. This list includes ingredients that have be provided as defaults in the program and also, ingredients that you have added.

Beside the heading is a text box to enter an ingredient to search for in the ingredient list.

To the right of this component is a button, for adding ingredients to the list, and a button, for removing ingredients. See the section on Working with Ingredients for more details.

Below the list there is a button labeled Property Information to edit the property information for the selected ingredient.


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The Ingredients Component


Editing the ingredient properties

If you select an ingredient from the list and you click the Property Information a new dialog to edit the properties of the selected ingredient will be shown. A label with the text Property information for ... will be displayed on top, below this text there are 3 lists:

  1. USDA ingredient list: Below the Property information for... label, the list of ingredients in the USDA database is shown. Beside the Search: label there is a text box to search in the USDA Database. Below to the list there is a Load button to load the data for the given ingredient from the USDA database to your personal database.

  2. Ingredient properties list: This list contains the nutrient values of each ingredient.

    In this list, the name of the nutrient is shown under the heading Property, the amount of the nutrient present in the ingredient is shown under the heading Amount and the measurement value for the nutrient is shown under the heading Units. For example, if the ingredient orange juice has been selected, one of the nutrients displayed will be Vitamin C. Under the Units heading, mg/g will display, which means that there are the number of milligrams shown under the amount (in this case, 0.5) per gram of the ingredient.

    Above this list there is an Add button, for adding ingredient properties to the list, and a Remove, button for removing properties, see the section on Properties in Ingredients for more details.

  3. Ingredient weights lists: Below the Load button and beside the ingredient properties list is the ingredient weights list. This list, in combination with your unit conversions, is what helps provide accurate nutrient information for your recipes. See the section, Completing Your Conversion Tables for help with doing your unit conversions.

    In this list, under the heading Weight, the weight of the ingredient is shown. Under the heading Per Amount, the unit to which the weight applies is shown. Using the orange juice example, the ingredient weight table shows that the weight of orange juice is 248 grams per cup of orange juice, or 31 grams per fluid ounce of orange juice.

    As with the ingredient properties list, above the ingredient weights list, an Add button is available for adding ingredient weights and a Remove button is available for removing ingredient weights. See the section Working with Ingredient Weights for more information.

Note

For those ingredients provided by default in the program, the USDA data has been loaded and this is what provides the nutrient values (or Properties) for each ingredient. The associated weights have also been loaded. However, if you have added an ingredient to the list, in order to display the nutrient value and the weight information for the ingredient, the USDA data must be loaded by clicking on the Load button that appears below the USDA ingredient list.


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The dialog to edit the ingredient properties.


Ingredient Headers

When the Ingredients component is accessed, you will also notice a Headers tab. If this tab is accessed, the headers that apply to your recipes may be added, removed or renamed.

Similar to other Krecipes components, there is a text box beside a Search: label where you can enter the name of the header for which you want to search, should your list be long enough that this would be the best method to access a particular header.

On the right side of the Headers window, there is a button, which when clicked, will bring up a dialog box which will permit the entry of a new header. To add the header, simply type in the name that you desire in the text box that appears beneath the Header label. Click the OK button to proceed with the addition or, the Cancel button to clear the dialog box and return to the main header interface.

To remove a header, select it in the header list and click the button. If this header is utilized in any of your recipes, a dialog box will appear stating Warning: The following will have to be removed also, since currently they use the element you have chosen to be removed.. To remove the header, click the OK button. The header will be removed from the list. Note, however, that in your recipe(s) that contain the particular header that you have chosen to remove, only the header will be absent. The ingredients that were part of the removed header will still be intact. To cancel the removal of the header, click the Cancel button. The dialog box will disappear and you will be returned to your header list. Of course, if the header does not exist in any of your recipes, it will be removed with no prompt.

To rename a header, simply select the header that you want to edit. With the header selected, right clicking will result in the appearance of a menu from which you can select Rename. A box will outline the selected header and a cursor will appear at the beginning of the header name. Using the arrow keys, position the cursor at the point where you wish to make your edit, or if you wish to completely rename the header, simply type the new name. Pressing the Enter key will complete the renaming process.

When a header is selected and the menu is access by right-clicking, in addition to a menu item for Rename, there are menu items for Create and Delete. This alternative method can be used to add and remove headers and will react in the same manner as outlined above. Additionally, each of the menu items has a key or key combination that can be used to carry out the desired action while in the Headers tab. These are: —

  • Ctrl+Alt+N to create a header

  • Del to delete a header

  • Ctrl+R to rename a header

Working with Ingredients

Ingredients may be added, removed or edited in the Krecipes Ingredients component.

Adding:

To add an ingredient to the list, click on the button that appears beside the ingredient list. A window will be presented where the name of the new ingredient can be typed in the text box beneath the heading New Ingredient. Once the name has been added, click the OK button to complete the addition and close the window. The ingredient will now appear in the ingredient list. If you do not wish to add the ingredient to the list, click the Cancel button to close the window and return to the previous screen.

Removing:

To remove an ingredient from the list, click on the button that appears beside the ingredient list. The ingredient will be removed provided there are no recipes using that ingredient.

If recipes exist that use the ingredient, a window will display with the prompt The following elements will have to be removed also, since currently they use the element you have chosen to be removed. Below the prompt, under the heading Recipes, a list of recipes that use that ingredient will display. Click the OK button to proceed with the removal of the ingredient AND recipe(s), or the Cancel to close the window and return to the previous screen.

Editing:

An ingredient may be edited by selecting the ingredient in the list and double-clicking on it. The ingredient will remain highlighted, but if either the or directional arrows is pressed, the cursor can be positioned to the point you wish to edit. If you wish to rename the entire ingredient, for example from butter to BUTTER, simply push Ctrl+R with the ingredient highlighted.

If you choose to rename an ingredient and another ingredient exists with the name chosen, an alert box will appear with the prompt This ingredient already exists. Continuing will merge these two ingredients into one. Are you sure? Click the Continue button to proceed with renaming the ingredient, or the Cancel button to abort.

Tip

If you have two ingredients, one named cinnamon and the other named Cinnamon and you would like all recipes to show the ingredient as Cinnamon, first check which of the ingredients lists the properties – i.e. the nutrient values. If the nutrient values show for the ingredient cinnamon, renaming cinnamon to Cinnamon will result in a loss of the properties for that ingredient and they will have to be reloaded.

However, if you rename Cinnamon to cinnamon and then after the two ingredients have been merged, the single ingredient cinnamon to Cinnamon, your nutrient values will be retained.

Alternatively:

An alternative method to either add, remove, or edit an ingredient is to first, select the ingredient and then, right-click to display a menu from which you can select Create, Delete, or Rename. Each choice performs as explained in the previous sections.

For quick functionality, the Ctrl+C key combination can be used to Create a new ingredient. To Delete an ingredient, press the Del key on the keyboard – a prompt will be received if the ingredient is used by a recipe. The key combination Ctrl+R can be used to Rename an ingredient.

Units in Ingredients

This section describes how to work with the units of measure, or Units, that apply to specific ingredients in the Krecipes Ingredients component. For details on working with ingredients globally, see the section The Units Component.

Within the Ingredients component, select an ingredient. In the Unit list portion of the screen, the units of measure that are associated with that ingredient will display.

Units can be added by clicking on the + button that appears to the right of the Unit list.

For example, one of the pre-loaded ingredients in the ingredients list is apple juice. By default, the units associated with this ingredient are gram and milligram. If apple juice is a required ingredient in a recipe, it is more likely that it will be measured by cup, or portion thereof. Therefore, it may be desired that cup be added to the Unit list. To do this, click on the + button that is beside the Unit list. The Choose Unit window will appear, from which you can select cup, for example, from the list. Then, click the OK button to add the unit, or the Cancel button to close the window and return to the previous screen.

Units can be removed by clicking on the - button that appears to the right of the Unit list. In a manner similar to that described in the Working with Ingredients section under the heading Removing:, if an attempt is made to remove a unit that is associated with an ingredient used by a recipe in the database, a prompt will be displayed that permits confirmation of removal of the unit AND the recipe that is associated with the ingredient unit, or that will allow the cancellation of the action.

Properties in Ingredients

As previously stated, for those ingredients that are provided by default in the Krecipes program, the Properties or nutrient values have been pre-loaded with the USDA values.

However, if a property has been added in the Properties component, a second step must be completed in the Ingredients component to add the Property and its associated value to the list.

Adding Ingredient Properties

The first step to adding a new property for an ingredient is to ensure that the appropriate unit is listed in the Unit list in the top right-hand corner of the Ingredients component. If the unit is not listed – i.e. the unit specified when the property was added, for instance gram, it must be added in the manner described in the section Units in Ingredients.

Assuming that the appropriate unit is listed in the Unit list, to add the new property to the Ingredient Properties list, select an ingredient in the Ingredient list then, click the + button that appears to the right of the properties list.

The Choose Property box will appear, from which you can select the property to be added for the ingredient. A drop-down menu shows below the property list, from which the unit associated with the property must be selected. Click the OK button to proceed, or the Cancel button to cancel the addition of the property and close the window.

If you choose to proceed with the addition, the property will be added to the Ingredient Properties list. However, you will note that it has a 0 value. This value must by supplied by you. To add the value, click on the property and increment the value using the spin-box that appears, or manually type the value. Once the value is entered, click the OK button that appears beside the spin-box.

Note

If the USDA data does not show for the ingredient for which the new property has been added, it can be loaded either before adding the new property or after. If the USDA data is added after adding the new property, the new property will still show in the list.

The new property must be added to EACH ingredient separately.

Removing Ingredient Properties

To remove a property from the Ingredient Properties list, simply select the property to be removed and click the - that appears to the right of the list. The property will be removed without a prompt. However, this will remove the property within the Ingredients component ONLY. The property will be retained in the list in the Properties component.

Working with Ingredient Weights

As with the Ingredient Properties, for those ingredients that were provided by default with the Krecipes program, the Ingredient Weights will have been loaded. However, if the ingredient weights have not been loaded or, you wish to add an additional weight to one of your ingredients, you can do so.

Adding Weights to your Ingredients

To add a weight for your ingredient, you must first select it. Then, click the + button that appears beside the Ingredient Weight list. A dialog box will appear in which you can enter the parameters for the New Ingredient Weight.

First, in the text box beside the label Weight:, you can enter the weight that you want for the ingredient. Remember the table for apples in the Looking After Nutrients section? By utilizing this table, it was calculated that 1 medium apple weighed 151.3 grams. Following through with this example, 151.3 is the value that would be entered in the Weight: text box.

Next, the weight measure must be selected from the drop-down menu. So, using the apple example, we would select gram from this list. Since properties, or nutrient values, are usually specified as a per gram value, it is a good idea to set your weight measure to grams.

In the text box beside the Per Amount: label, you would enter whatever amount the weight applies to. In the apple example, we would enter 1. Then, from the drop-down menu beside this text box, the unit of measure would be selected, in this case medium.

Tip

To quickly find the unit of measure, or any value from a drop-down list, press the key on the keyboard that corresponds to the first letter of the item being selected. For medium, press the M key as many times as required until medium is selected. Repeated pressing of the M key will cycle through all choices that begin with the letter m.

Finally, from the drop-down menu that by default shows -No Preparation-, any preparation method associated with the ingredient would be selected. In our example, there is no preparation method, since we are dealing with whole apples.

Now, click the OK button to complete the entry of your ingredient weight, or the Cancel button to abort the addition and close the dialog box.

Removing Ingredient Weights

Conceivably, there should be no reason why you would want to remove an ingredient weight. If any change is necessary, all parts of the weight can be edited. See the section Editing Ingredient Weights for assistance with this function.

However, if you do wish to remove a weight, it is possible to do it. With the appropriate ingredient selected, click on the weight that you wish to remove. Then, click the - button that appears to the right of your Ingredient Weights list. An alert will appear stating Recipes may require this information for nutrient analysis. Are you sure you want to delete this entry? Click the Continue button to continue with the deletion of the ingredient weight, or the Cancel button to discontinue the deletion and close the alert window.

You will also notice a tick box beside the label Do not ask again.

Caution

If you click on the tickbox, this will prevent the alert from appearing when you attempt to remove an ingredient weight. The ingredient weight will be removed silently and as stated in the alert, this may affect nutrient analysis of your recipe(s). Note the status indicator (the LED) on your recipes. If it has changed in any of them, it could be due to the removal of an ingredient weight.

Editing Ingredient Weights

Any portion of the ingredient weight that is listed in the Ingredient Weights list can be edited by double-clicking the part that you want to edit as follows: —

  • If you double-click the portion under the Weight heading, a dialog box will appear. Under the heading Weight, the existing weight will show in the text box, but you can delete this and enter a new value. Beside the Weight text box, the drop-down menu for the weight measure displays the current setting. However, this can be changed by selecting another from the menu. Finally, click the OK button to complete the change, or the Cancel button to close the dialog box without changing.

  • If you double-click the portion under the Per Amount heading, again, a dialog box will appear. Under the heading Amount, the existing amount will show in the text box, but you can delete this and enter a new value. Beside the Amount text box, the drop-down menu for selecting the unit that the amount applies to displays the current setting. However, this can be changed by selecting another from the menu. Next to the drop-down menu for specifying the unit, another drop-down menu displays from which you can select a preparation method. Again, this will display the current setting, if a preparation method has been used for the ingredient weight. Finally, click the OK button to complete the change, or the Cancel button to close the dialog box without changing.

The Properties Component

The Properties component is where nutrients are globally added and removed. To access this component, first click on the Data button in the left pane of the Krecipes window and then, click on the Properties button.

As with other Krecipes components, the name of the component appears in the right pane of the window at the top. Below this, beneath the heading Property, the list of nutrients is displayed. Beneath the heading Units, the units associated with the properties are shown.


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The Properties Component


For example, one of the nutrients under the Property heading is iron. If a recipe ingredient contains this nutrient, the amount of iron contained in the ingredient will show as a number of milligrams or mg.

Adding Properties

A number of nutrients have been provided by default in the Krecipes program. By default, all available nutrients are selected to be displayed in your recipes, if you choose to do so. However, you will notice in the screenshot that you can select exactly which nutrients that you want to display. This is a great way to watch your diet for specific nutrient intake.

Although the nutrient list provided by default is quite extensive, if there is a nutrient missing, it is possible to add it to the list. To add a missing nutrient, click the Create... button that appears near the top in the right-hand side of the Krecipes window. The New Property window will appear. In this window, the name of the nutrient can be entered in the text box beside the Property name: label, and the associated unit of measure is entered in the text box beside the Units: label. Click the OK button to proceed with the addition, or the Cancel button to close the window and return to the previous screen.

Warning

Adding a nutrient, or Property, is a two-step procedure. First, the nutrient and associated unit is added in the Properties component as described above. However, the actual nutrient value – i.e. the number of mg of iron, for example, contained in a particular ingredient must be added within the Ingredients component. This must be done for EACH ingredient. Refer to the section Properties in Ingredients for more information.

Deleting Properties

To remove a nutrient from the list, click the Delete button that appears below the Create... button that was used to create a new nutrient.

An alert box will appear asking Are you sure you want to delete this property? Click the Continue button to proceed with the removal of the nutrient, or the Cancel button to cancel the action and close the alert.

Another method:

An alternative method to either add, remove, or edit a nutrient is to first, select a nutrient and then, right-click to display a menu from which you can select Create, Delete, or Rename.

For quick functionality, the Ctrl+C key combination can be used to Create a new nutrient. To Delete a nutrient, press the Del key on the keyboard – a prompt will appear asking Are you sure you want to delete this property? and can be acted on in the same manner as previously explained. The key combination Ctrl+R can be used to Rename an nutrient.

The Units Component

In the Units component, not only can units of measure that are to be used in the Krecipes program be added and removed, but conversions between the various measures can be set up!

The Units component is accessed by first, clicking on the Data button to reveal the additional Krecipes components, and then, clicking on the Units button.

Like other Krecipes components, the Units component appears in the right-hand side of the Krecipes window with the name of the component appearing at the top. Three tabs exist – one for listing and maintaining the units of measure and two for setting up the conversion tables between the various units of measure.

One of the conversion tables is for mass conversions, for instance, between grams and pounds. The other table is for volume conversion, for example, between fluid ounces and cups. It is these conversion tables, along with the ingredient weights that determine the nutrient values in your recipes. See the section Working with Ingredient Weights for help with ingredient weights. Refer to Completing Your Conversion Tables later in this section for an outline on setting your conversion factors.

In the Units tab, a list of all the units of measure will appear. This list includes the units of measure that have been provided by default and those that you have added, either by entering a new unit while entering a new recipe, or by adding the unit within the Units component.


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Units Component – The Units List


You will also note that each unit allows a singular and plural form of that unit, if one exists. Additionally, abbreviations for both singular and plural forms can be set. A unit type can also be specified for each unit.

Adding Units of Measure

To add a unit of measure, click the Create... button that appears to the right of the Unit list. The New Unit dialog box will appear where the name of the new unit can be added. Beneath the heading New Unit, there is a text box to enter the singular form of the unit and one to enter the plural form of the unit. To the right of each of these text boxes is another pair of text boxes in which to enter the abbreviation for both singular and plural forms respectively. However, since both singular and plural abbreviations are most often identical, typing the abbreviation in the singular text box, will result in the plural abbreviation being automatically completed. On the rare occasion that the plural abbreviation is different, you can easily edit the entry.

Finally, the unit type is selected from the drop-down menu that appears beside the label Type:. Choices for unit type are: —

  • Other – this is the default and hence, this is what displays on the drop-down menu

    This type is used for any unit that cannot be designated as mass of volume.

  • Mass – for those units that have a weight associated with them, for example, gram or pound

  • Volume – for those units that are associated with a volume, for example, cup, quart, liter

Once all entries have been made, click the OK button to complete the addition, or the Cancel button to cancel the addition and close the box. Below, is an example of what the New Unit dialog box will look like once completed.

Removing Units of Measure

To remove a unit of measure, in the Unit list, select the unit that you wish to remove. Click the Delete button that appears to the right of the list and below the Create... button that is used to add units of measure. A slight delay will occur while the database is searched to ensure that no recipes exist that use that unit of measure and then, the unit of measure will be removed.

If a recipe exists that uses the unit of measure selected to be removed, a window will appear with the alert The following will have to be removed also, since currently they use the element you have chosen to be removed. Beneath the heading Recipes, the list of recipes utilizing that unit will appear. Beneath the heading Ingredient Weights a list of ingredients is shown that utilize the unit of measure in the Ingredient Weights section. Click the OK button to proceed with the removal of the unit of measure AND any or all recipes/ingredients using that unit. Click the Cancel button to cancel the action and close the window.

Completing Your Conversion Tables

Conversions between units are entered in the Mass Conversions tab for those units associated with a weight. For those units associated with a volume, the conversions are set in Volume Conversions tab. Both of these tables are set up in a spreadsheet style format. Down the side of the table, you will note that each row is labeled with a unit name. Similarly, along the top, each column is also labeled with a unit name. The cells in the body of the table are used to set the equivalencies. 1 to 1 equivalencies are provided by default.


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Units Component – Mass Unit Conversions



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Units Component – Volume Unit Conversions


Both of these conversion tables are completed in the same manner. Using the Volume Conversion, table as an example, down the left side of the spreadsheet, suppose there is a unit of measure labeled cup . Using the horizontal scroll bar at the bottom of the window, if necessary, find the column that has the label fluid ounces at the top. Click on the cell that is beside cup and below fluid ounces. You can now enter 8, which is the equivalent in fluid ounces of 1 cup, in the cell. You can also use the directional arrows to navigate to the correct position for entering the equivalent if another cell is already active.

For large number equivalents, Krecipes will automatically format the number with a thousands separator. For instance, to enter the milligram equivalent of 1 pound in the Mass Conversion table, you would enter 454000. Once you move off the cell, Krecipes will display the number as 454,000.

Once the Krecipes program knows the some of the conversions, it can automatically calculate others. For example, if the program has been informed that there are 8 fluid ounces in a cup, Krecipes will automatically calculate that 1 fluid ounce is equal to .125 (or 1/8) of a cup.

Using the Measurement Converter

The Measurement Converter is accessed by selecting Tools and Measurement Converter from the Krecipes menu. The interface can also be activated by using the Ctrl+M key combination.

The Measurement Converter works in conjunction with your Ingredient Weights and/or your conversion tables. If your conversion tables have not been completed, or you have not specified a unit type in the Units tab of the Units component, for example, mass or volume, the Measurement Converter will not be able to do its job. It will also not provide conversions if the Ingredient Weights have not been completed in the Ingredients component.


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The Measurement Converter.


As you will note from the screenshot, when the Measurement Converter starts, beside the label Convert there is a text box in which the enter the amount you want to convert. Beside this text box, there is a drop-down menu from which to select the unit of measure that is associated with the amount that you are converting.

Below the amount and unit that you want to convert, there are two drop-down menus from which making a choice is optional. The first menu is labeled --Ingredient (optional)-- and is for choosing an ingredient. The second is labeled -No Preparation- and is for selecting a preparation method, if desired. However, it is these two menus that cause your Ingredient Weights to come into play. For example, suppose one of your recipes calls for 8 cups of apples and you want to know how many pounds of apples you need to buy. The Measurement Converter can help!

Beside the label To is a drop-down menu for selecting the unit that you want to convert to. Below this menu and beside the label Result: the result displays. Of course, before the result will display, you must click the Convert button.

Two other buttons exist at the bottom of the Measurement Converter window – the Close button that will close the window without performing a conversion, or once you have performed a conversion and finished using the information displayed, and the Help button, which opens the Krecipes Handbook to this section.

As previously stated, the drop-down menus for selecting an ingredient and preparation method are optional unless you are converting ingredient amounts. The Measurement Converter can also be used for straight numeric conversion. For instance, the situation might exist where you have a recipe that lists the ingredients in imperial measure, but you want to convert them to metric measure. The Measurement Converter can also be used to find the equivalent for a multiple, for instance, how many milliliters are there in 4 fluid ounces? You won't want to be without this handy tool!

The Preparation Methods Component

To access the Preparation Methods component, first click on the Data button to reveal additional components and then, click the Preparation Methods button. In the right-hand pane of the Krecipes window, a list of preparation methods will be displayed under the heading Preparation Method. Note that the name of the component also appears at the top of the pane.


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The Preparation Methods Component


The preparation methods listed include those installed by default with the program and those that are automatically added when a method is typed into the Preparation Method field while entering a new recipe. See the section Adding a New Recipe.

Adding a New Preparation Method

To add a new preparation method, click the Create... button that is seen in the upper right-hand portion of the screen. A dialog box will appear containing a text box that allows entry of the new preparation method under the heading New Preparation Method.

Enter the name of the new preparation method, for example, Slightly beaten in the text box provided. Click the OK button to complete the addition, or the Cancel button to cancel the addition and return to the Preparation Method list.

Deleting a Preparation Method

To remove a preparation method, first select the method to be removed from the list of preparation methods displayed. Then, click on the Delete button that is displayed in the upper, right-hand portion of the screen beneath the Create... button.

Should the preparation method selected for deletion be used by a recipe, a dialog box will appear stating The following elements will have to be removed also, since currently they use the element you have chosen to be removed. Below this, the list of recipes utilizing the preparation method will show. Click the OK button to proceed – REMINDER: This will delete not only the preparation method, but the recipes utilizing that method as well! To cancel removal of the preparation method, click the Cancel button.

Should no recipe utilize the preparation method selected for deletion, no prompt will be given.

Editing Preparation Methods

Preparation methods can also be edited simply by double-clicking on the desired method.

For example, to change the method Slightly beaten to Slightly Beaten, double-click on the method in the list. A box will appear around the method, the method will be highlighted and an insertion point will appear. Use the or the directional arrow keys as required to position the cursor in the appropriate position to change the lowercase b in beaten to uppercase. Press the Enter key to complete the change.

The Categories Component

When the Categories component is selected, the list of all created categories will appear under the heading Category. Those categories that have sub-categories will be shown with a + (plus) sign beside them, indicating that the category can be expanded. Once expanded, the main category will show a - (dash) beside it and the list of sub-categories will be visible.


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The Categories Component


Adding a New Category

To add a new category, click on the Create... button.

A window will pop up where the name of the new category can be entered in a text box under the label New Category. A subcategory can be selected using the Subcategory of drop-down menu, which lists existing categories. The default for the subcategory is **NONE**.

Once the name of the new category has been entered in the text box, click the OK button to create the category and return to the category list. The list will now show the new category.

To cancel the addition of a new category and clear the window, click on the Cancel button.

Removing a Category

To remove a category, select it from the list of categories and click the Delete button.

A prompt will appear asking, Are you sure you want to remove this category and all its subcategories?. Click the Continue button to remove the category, or the Cancel button to cancel the removal.

Warning

Before deleting a category, ensure that it contains NO recipes! Despite the warning Are you sure you want to remove this category and all its subcategories?, clicking the Continue button will result in the deletion of the category whether or not it contains recipes!

The Authors Component

The Authors component is where the author or contributor of the recipe is maintained.

Within this component, the component title appears at the top and the list of authors appears in the main portion of the window.

Adding an Author or Contributor

To add an author/contributor, click on the Create... button on the right-hand side of the screen.

A window will appear that allows entry of the author's name in the text box labeled New Author


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Authors Component – Adding an Author


Once a name has been entered, click the OK button to create the entry, or the Cancel button to cancel entry of a new author's name and close the window.

Removing an Author/Contributor

To remove an author/contributor from the list, select the author from the list and click the Delete button on the right-hand side of the screen.

When this button has been clicked, an alert will appear with the stating WARNING: The following currently use the element you have chosen to be removed. Beneath the heading Recipes, the list of recipes that have specified this author as the contributor will appear. Click the Continue button to delete the author, or the Cancel button to cancel the deletion.