# Food Cost and Recipe Portion Cost

## We calculate the cost of our recipes for you.

In any food business, keeping a close eye on food and recipe portion costs is essential. This will help to ensure profitability and keep food sales high. To calculate food cost, take the total cost of all ingredients used in a dish and divide it by the number of servings.

For example, if a recipe costs \$10 to make and has four servings, the cost of the food would be \$2.50 per serving. If the recipe costs \$250.00 to make and you get forty servings, it still costs \$2.50 a serving.

To calculate the recipe portion cost, divide the total recipe cost by the number of portions yielded. For example, if a recipe for cookies yields 24 cookies and costs \$15 to make, the recipe portion cost would be \$0.63 per cookie. If it yields 30 cookies, the individual cooking cost would be \$0.50 per cookie.

So the size/weight of the portion will change your food cost also.

## Why do I Calculate Recipe Costs for you?

I calculate recipe costs for you because I want to help you save money on expensive ingredients. By calculating the cost of a recipe, I can help you determine whether or not it is worth your time and money to make. This way, you can make informed decisions about what to cook and how to budget your food expenses.

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## What do I do to calculate the Cost of a Recipe?

In order to calculate the cost of a recipe, you will need to consider the cost of each ingredient and the amount needed for the recipe.

You can either calculate the cost per serving or per recipe. To calculate the cost per serving, divide the total recipe cost by the number of servings. To calculate the cost per recipe, multiply the number of servings by the cost per serving.

## What is the cost of the recipe per serving?

There are four servings in the recipe.

Each serving costs \$1.50.

The total cost of the recipe is \$6.

In order to calculate the cost of a recipe, you will need to take into account the cost of each ingredient as well as the amount used. You can do this by looking up the cost of each ingredient online or in a cookbook, or by asking someone at the grocery store. Once you have the cost of each ingredient, add them all together to get the total cost of the recipe.

## How do I calculate 21.5% food cost on a dinner at \$30?

To calculate 21.5% food cost on a dinner at \$30, first convert 21.5% to a decimal by moving the decimal two places to the left. This will give you 0.215. Next, multiply 0.215 by \$30 to get the food cost of \$6.45.

To calculate the food cost for dinner at \$30, you would multiply the total cost by 21.5%. So, in this case, the food cost would be \$6.45. If you are achieving a food cost below 28%, you are doing well, but with lower food costs usually come higher labour costs to process the raw ingredients.

Think about catching and filleting a fish; it saves you lots of costs but takes lots of time.

Or make your pastries, which are very cheap to make and probably taste better, but the process takes lots of time.

## Why do I think calculating the food cost of a recipe is essential to understanding?

I think recipe and meal ingredient costs are significant because they help determine a restaurant’s cost percentage and profit margin. The restaurant industry is very competitive, so every little bit helps. Menu prices are also based on food costs, so it’s essential to keep those costs down in order to stay competitive.

## What is the Difference Between Food Cost and Recipe Cost?

The difference between food cost and recipe cost is that food cost is the actual cost of the food for an event or business, while recipe cost is the cost of all the ingredients in a particular recipe. When the price of lettuce jumps as it did recently, so does the cost of that dish.

Food cost percentage is the portion of the total cost of a menu item that is attributable to the food itself, while cost percentage is the portion of the total cost of a menu item that is attributable to all costs, including labour, overhead, and profits.

To calculate recipe costs, you need to know the costs of all the ingredients in a recipe and how much of each ingredient is used. You also need to know how many servings the recipe makes.

To calculate the food cost percentage, you need to know the total cost of a menu item and divide it by the total cost of all menu items. You must remember to include food trimmings, offcuts and waste in adding up the cost of all the food purchased.

## How have we estimated our Food Cost Dollar Range?

To estimate our food cost dollar range, we looked at the prices of each portion. We also used a cost calculator to calculate the food cost for a recipe. Based on these calculations, we believe that our food cost will fall within a certain range.

You can improve our profitability and margin by controlling food costs and reducing food waste. You can click on the “dollar range” to see recipes with that food cost average.

Try our recipe cost app – A small homemade loaf of bread.

## How to calculate menu sales prices for chef specials?

To calculate the menu sales price for chef specials, you will need to know the food cost and the actual food cost. The food cost is the cost of goods sold during a given period. To calculate the food cost, multiply the food cost percentage by the actual food cost. The food cost percentage is the cost percentage of the total menu sales price.

## What causes food costs and recipe costs to change?

Several factors can cause food costs and recipe costs to change. One factor is the cost of the ingredients themselves. Food prices can fluctuate due to changes in the market, weather, or other factors beyond the control of the restaurant.

Another factor is portion size. A restaurant may adjust its portion sizes up or down depending on the price of ingredients, how busy they are, or other factors.

This can cause the actual food cost to be higher or lower than ideal. Finally, the target food cost for a dish may change over time as a restaurant tries to optimize its menu for profitability.

All of these factors can cause slight changes in the cost of a dish from one day to the next.

## Ideal Food Budget for a Business

Assuming you are referring to the ideal cost of foods sold for a hospitality business, this is the percentage of your total revenue that should be spent on food. An ideal food cost percentage would be 25-35%.

To calculate your actual cost of food sold and wasted, divide your total food expenses by your total revenue. If the cost of your actual ingredients is higher than your ideal, you can do a few things to lower it.

First, look at your menu and see if any items cost you more than they should. You may also want to consider lowering your portion sizes or changing your suppliers.

Using chef’s specials to drive sales can help improve your gross profit. We try to create chef special recipes with an actual food cost with ingredients costs below 30 per cent.

## Our recipe cost calculator

There are many food and recipe cost calculators available online. They can be a helpful tool in budgeting for your costs if you have the time and recourse to make them work.

You may enter the cost of the ingredients you will need for a recipe, and the calculator will give you an estimate of how much the dish will cost to make.

Having tried to do that, I thought there must be a better way to save money on your grocery bill. We would be happy to work with your menu or ingredients and create that recipe cost information for you.

## In conclusion, we try to save you time and money.

Having been a chef for 40-plus years, I have seen many changes in the hospitality business, and there is one constant, cost. And they tend to go one way, up.

Finding the time to calculate the cost of your dinner, party menu, or restaurant menu takes time and effort, but will save you a lot of money over time.

If you have any suggestions or ideas, let’s chat.

Cheers Chef Brendan