Ready or Not #40: Step 4 Combining Ingredients

Now that you have made your menus and typed up your recipes and found out how much of each ingredient is needed for each recipe, you must now bring it all together so that you will better know what you really do need.

That is where Step Four – Compiling Ingredients comes in.  Remember how I told you to document each of the recipe calculator pages with a page number?  Well, this is where it is important.  You take each page and start to transfer the total amounts onto one page and bring it one step closer to knowing how much your family eats each year.

Taking Page 1, you will transfer the units of measurements and the ingredients and type them all on the same row.  You will then go down one row and repeat the process using Page 2.  If the ingredient and the same unit are already listed, you can use that same column.  You will notice that I have two listings for sugar: one is using a tablespoons measurement and the other is using the cup measurement.  (Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

Again, at the bottom, all of the totals are automatically being added up.  You can put up to 31 pages on one sheet, but you may not be able to do that because you may run out of ingredient space.  It has space for 21 ingredients.  If there are items that are already listed on the page that you are on, you can transfer those items on one page and then the rest of the items onto a second page; just make sure that you reference the page number and you will be able to trace the ingredient, no matter what page you are on. (Click on the picture to see a larger version.)

I know that this seems like a lot of work, but you are almost done – and it will be worth it.  At this point in time you are thinking, “So how much is 517 teaspoons baking powder?  I still don’t know how much baking powder I need to buy?  Was all this work worth it?”  Yes!  Now is when it really gets fun (yes, this has been fun – admit it).  Let’s go on to Step Five – Total Ingredient Amount calculator and finish this up.

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