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June 7, 2012 9:16 AM
I cook a lot of recipes and for some I don't know how many it is supposed to serve, but I have to guess in order to complete the recipe for calorie calculation. I would like to suggest the new recipes allow an alternative that would give us the choice between the number of servings and the amount per serving (i.e. 2 tbsp., 1/2" slice, etc...).
June 7, 2012 9:26 AM
I don't understand. If you don't know how much it makes then how would you use this new feature? It doesn't matter how much it's supposed to serve. If you're eating 1/4 of it then you put in "serves 4".
June 8, 2012 10:45 PM
I understand the question. Sometimes I make a pot of soup. I don't know how many servings it is until I've gone through half of it, realized that was (say) three servings, so now I know the whole recipe is six servings. So if, when adding the recipe, I could say that 1 serving = 1.5 cups, then perhaps MFP could calculate for me how many servings are in the recipe or how many calories are in 1.5 cups or whatever works best.

This has tripped me up several times. I estimated five servings, then realized it was seven. MFP doesn't go back and adjust the calories for the days I already ate the soup. If I want past days to be accurate, I have to delete the soup from my meal and then add it back in.

Having it recalculate past days would be a feature request I just haven't taken the time to put in yet. Maybe someone else has.
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June 10, 2012 12:26 AM
I think that would be hard for MFP to guestimate.

I used to have this problem though until I realised (after much trial and error) the best way to measure a recipe with non-exact serving sizes.

I weigh the entire meal (like an entire pot of soup) and then divide it by servings. So say a pot is 550g, I add it as 550 servings.

Then, when I put some in a bowl for myself, I weigh it and put that many servings. So 150 servings of Soup.

I also did this for a fresh loaf of bread that I made the other day.
  1458681
June 10, 2012 12:22 PM
Driaxx, that was such a simple yet sensible solution. Thank you.
June 11, 2012 8:02 AM
QUOTE:

I think that would be hard for MFP to guestimate.

I used to have this problem though until I realised (after much trial and error) the best way to measure a recipe with non-exact serving sizes.

I weigh the entire meal (like an entire pot of soup) and then divide it by servings. So say a pot is 550g, I add it as 550 servings.

Then, when I put some in a bowl for myself, I weigh it and put that many servings. So 150 servings of Soup.

I also did this for a fresh loaf of bread that I made the other day.


I love this idea, and will definitely be using it!
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June 17, 2013 12:21 PM
I agree it would be awesome, helpful, and easy!! For example, I make a HUGE salad at the beginning of the week. I put it in the top of the fridge where it just barely doesn't freeze. I eat through all week- sometimes a meal, sometimes a snack. I send it with my husband most days for lunch...each of these 'servings' is a different size....I input qty of each ingredient so telling me how many, say CUPS, are in the batch and basing servings on cups would be very helpful!

I even guessed how much homemade vinaigrette it takes to go through all the salad, so this feature would be GREAT, a meal in a touch! Also one of the great things about this app is instantly having to realize how much I overeat when I don't realize it!
June 17, 2013 12:48 PM
I agree that it would be an awesome feature, but it could get very difficult for MFP to calculate that. The first time I make something and input the recipe, I actually divide into servings and then put that amount in. Yes, it takes a bit of time for me to do that, but this IS a free site and I am very thankful to have this tool to calculate my own recipes. As a type I diabetic on an insulin pump, I can't tell you how awesome this has been for my blood sugar levels!
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June 17, 2013 12:56 PM
QUOTE:

I think that would be hard for MFP to guestimate.

I used to have this problem though until I realised (after much trial and error) the best way to measure a recipe with non-exact serving sizes.

I weigh the entire meal (like an entire pot of soup) and then divide it by servings. So say a pot is 550g, I add it as 550 servings.

Then, when I put some in a bowl for myself, I weigh it and put that many servings. So 150 servings of Soup.

I also did this for a fresh loaf of bread that I made the other day.


GENIUS !
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