Standardized recipes are required for anything made in-house with two or more ingredients. A standardized recipe is one that has been tried, tested, evaluated, and adapted for use by your school food service. It produces a consistent quality and yield every time when the exact procedures, equipment, and ingredients are used.
Standardized Recipe Tools
Use these tools to develop a new recipe or revise an existing one. Guidance is also provided for recipe crediting and nutrient analysis.
- Recipe Standardization Steps
- Standardized Recipe Checklist
- Recipe Crediting Checklist
- The Food Buying Guide - new to this interactive FBG is the Recipe Analysis Workbook (RAW), which is a tool used to determine the meal pattern contribution and crediting of a recipe. In order to access this feature of the FBG, you must create a profile. Once logged in, instructions for entering ingredients into the tool can be found in Appendix A.
- Dietary Specifications Tool for Recipes (nutrient analysis) - Use this tool to calculate the calories, grams of saturated fat, and grams of sodium for standardized recipes.
- Variety Item Recipe (previously "Milk Recipe")
- This recipe template may be used for the same amount of a variety of items that are put out daily, such as milk, juice, fruit, or cereal.
- Sample Standardized Recipe with Instructions - assorted
- Sample Standardized Recipe with Instructions - multiple parts
Standardized Recipe Resources
Child Nutrition Recipe Box - USDA has released a collection of healthy and delicious recipes designed to fit meal pattern requirements. Recipes are organized by main entrées, vegetables, fruits, and grains, as well as alphabetically for users looking for a specific recipe. Users will be able to download and print recipes as needed.
You may use these recipes as a base, but they should then be standardized to your operation.
- On, Wisconsin! Cycle Menu Recipes
- New School Cuisine: Nutritious and Seasonal Recipes for School Cooks by School Cooks - Includes 78 kid-tested and approved recipes that meet USDA dietary guidelines and feature local, seasonal foods, Vermont FEED
- Chef Cyndie Story Recipes - Team Nutrition Iowa
- Chop! Chop! Culinary Skills for Wisconsin-Grown Produce in School Meals
- Healthy Meals Resource System - Recipes for School Food Service; Taste Testing and Evaluating Recipes
- Why Use Standardized Recipes? - Institute of Child Nutrition