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Volume II
April 30, 2005

Cook'n and Fresh Produce


Here is a little known fact about the functionality of the Cook'n Software that you may find interesting.

Each ingredient in Cook'n has multiple Brands or food products associated with it. The ingredient butter, for example, has 26 different Brands associated with it. One of those brands is the default or what we call the preferred. That is the one that is used when Cook'n makes a grocery shopping list.

However, if the unit in the recipe is what we call a generic unit, such as cups, teaspoons, and tablespoons as opposed to a unit with a dash in it, like a 6-ounce can, Cook'n will use the Fresh Produce brand associated with that ingredient. That's quite a mouthful, huh? I'll give you an example.

Let's say that your recipe calls for 1 cup of tomatoes, chopped. When Cook'n makes a grocery shopping list, it does not convert that ingredient to 1 15-ounce can of tomatoes even though the preferred Brand comes in 15 ounce cans. Instead, Cook'n sees that a generic unit was entered so it uses the Fresh Tomato brand.

So, you're wondering why I'm even telling you this. Well, I don't know for sure. I guess it's because I over-heard a conversation that a tech support person here was having with a Cook'n user. The Cook'n user couldn't figure out why the nutritional information on the shopping list did not correspond to the info she had entered into the Preferred Brand.

My tech support person didn't know either. I explained it to both of them...and now I'm explaining it to you. So, now you know! :)

Have a great day!


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