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Help for the bakecost online recipe cost calculator

This is a step-by-step help for filling out the online recipe cost calculator fields. All details are addressed in this page. As a general hint, apply text or data into the fields and roll down to see the preview.


Step 1: Fill in the title

The most important thing is to fill out the title (see the figure #1 below, the title is underlined in red). Please keep it unique for all recipes! If the titles are the same, the latest will overwrite the former. This means that only one particular title may exist. If you need to use similar titles, add a number or something else separating the two.

When the title has a sufficient length, the finished indicator (see the figure #2 below, encircled by red) goes green meaning 'ok'.

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Figure #1. Step 1

Step 2: Upload an image

Upload an image by clicking the "browse" button, as seen in the figure #2 below. Encircled in red.

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Figure #2. Step 2.

When the upload has finished, you can see the thumbnail of the image as seen in the Figure #3 below. By clicking the thumbnail, the image is enlarged. Touch or press the left mouse button anywhere to close the enlarged image. Use the "Delete image" button to delete the image completely.

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Figure #3. Step 2: Image thumbnail

Step 3: Fill the recipe

1: Optional instruction / text field

Write something and roll down the page to see the preview. May be used as an introduction etc.

2: Special characters section

Some UTF characters may be applied into the text field above. The characters may be hard to apply otherwise, especially with mobile devices.

3: Subtitle

For example, we have separated the pie crust and pie filling into separate tables, and thus use "Pie Crust" and "Pie Filling" as subtitles. This is not a mandatory field.

4: Amount column

This specifies the amount of the particular ingredient. The value may contain fractions: 1 1/2, or may contain the period '.' character to address fractions. For example: 2 1/2 and 2.5 are equal.

5: Unit column

All major units (kg, g, oz, ltr, pcs, cups, dl, tsp, tbsp...) are well supported.

6: Ingredient column

This is the name of your ingredient. There's a list below, as seen in Figure #5, with existing ingredients containing real unit prices.

7: Unit price column

This is your ingredient price divided by the amount (see 4). There's a calculator as seen in Figure #4 (13). The existing ingredients contain real unit prices.

8: Cost (Read-only field)

The system updates the price how much this particular ingredient costs with the details given in 4, 5 and 7.

9: Automatic unit price guess

As the system contains quite a large database of real, off-the-shelf items, this button is meant to guess the unit price automatically. It fails if no such item is found from the database. Then it's required to fill the unit price field by yourself.

This button is not seen with all mobile phones. If the display width is not sufficient, this field is then hidden.

10: Row deletion button

This button deletes the row completely.

Steps 11-15 continued below the Figure #4.

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Figure #4. Table for filling ingredient data.

11: Add a new row

This button adds a new row with some default values.

12: Show / hide an additional table

Another table may be utilized via this button.

13: Unit price calculator

This button shows / hides the unit price calculator. The calculator works best, if a cell is first selected in the unit price column. Then, opening the calculator highlights the selected cell. The calculated unit price may then be submitted to this selected (and highlighted) cell.

14: Autofill all unit prices

This tries to estimate unit prices for all ingredients.

15: Currency selector

Select the currency with this selector. US dollar and Euro are supported as of today (Aug 2019).

16: Sort options

The areas encircled by green may be used to sort the rows.


Automated Ingredient filling

By clicking the buttons as seen in Figure #5, the ingredient with existing unit prices is added into the table. If the additional table is selected, the ingredients go there, otherwise they end up in the default table.

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Figure #5. Buttons that fill the rows automatically.

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