Clean and straightforward looks
The application features a fairly simple, tabbed interface and though it relies on Excel to function, there will be little to no tables to deal with.
The various tabs of CostGizmo help you organize your ‘Ingredients’, ‘Recipes’, ‘Measures’ and ‘Menus’, helping you keep track of everything that comes in or goes out of your kitchen.
Add, organize and manage cooking ingredients, recipes and prices
The program enables you to add new cooking ingredients to your database or edit the name of existing ones, also having the ability to remove obsolete entries. You can convert various quantities between different measurement units, depending on your particular needs.
Each ingredient can have a profile where you can determine its cost depending on the used quantity (drops, tablespoons, cups, gallons, liters, ounces, kilograms or pounds), enabling CostGizmo to automatically calculate the price of a recipe once all the components have been established.
Aside from the existing recipes, you also have the possibility of adding your own simply by entering the ingredients, their corresponding quantity and measure, the total price being estimated on the spot.
Moreover, CostGizmo allows you to create or alter measures, as well as define your own ratios, to suit your cooking needs. The utility lets you add and manage menus for different times of day or for a specific group of people (‘Kids’, ‘Students’, etc), similarly being able to establish multiple food categories.
A kitchen management assistant
To conclude, CostGizmo is a useful and effective application aimed to assist you in estimating the real costs of cooking various foods, depending on the ingredients that you use and the corresponding quantities.
Reviewed by Marina Dan on July 11th, 2014
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Application descriptionCostGizmo is a Microsoft Excel-based menu and recipe costing program that empowers the small restaurant, bakery, home ...