Calculate amount of ingredients depending on number of batches
Posted on 2011-09-03
Hey EE. Here is an interesting little project I am working on and decided I needed to involve the most intelligent problem solvers on earth. A local "mom and pop" bakery asked if I could help them figure out how many ingredients they need when they bake different sizes of batches. Right now they get a piece of paper out and figure out how much flour, eggs, sugar, etc., they need to make various batches of cookies. This has caused them to order too little or too much ingredients since they may calculate teaspoons, tablespoons, cups, etc., wrong. So, here is my question:
I'm not sure if Excel or Access would work best here. I'm thinking that it would be easiest for them if they had a simple GUI (access front-end?) that they enter in how many batches they want of cookie X. Then the software would calculate how much of each ingredient they would need. So, how do you calculate tea-spoons, tablespoons, cups and ounces/pounds for wet and dry ingredients? I have the list of ingredients for one of their cookie types to work with.
Thanks in advance for your help. I am open to your suggestions but the easier we can make it for these two older bakers and business owners, the better.