Hints for Successful Screen Import
Proper Quantity and Units
In recipe ingredients for screen imports, you should always try to have a qty, unit, and ingredient description. The minimal ingredient input is the ingredient description (blank qty and unit), but for best results it is good practice to always use a non-blank qty, unit, and ingredient.
Ingredient fields must be specified in this order and fashion: "qty unit ingredient; preparation" . Use a semi-colon ";" to separate an ingredient (e.g., "onion") from its preparation (e.g., "chopped").
NYC attempts to figure out qty and unit from the first two fields of each ingredient line. Accordingly, when using Screen Import, you need avoid use of two numbers at the start of the ingredient. For example:
“2 1 lb bags such and such” would cause problems. For a successful result, rewrite this ingredient with a mass-qualified unit as:
“2 bags (1 lb) such and such”
The general fo
qty space unit space ingredient description ; preparation
If you omit the unit altogether, put an "x" in the unit field.
For example, instead of “1 beef chuck pot roast”, use:
"1 x beef chuck pot roast, boneless"
"3 lb beef chuck pot roast, boneless"
Multi-word ingredients with a qty but no unit are ambiguous to NYC.
For example, "4 ripe tomatoes" is ambiguous. To avoid "ripe" being interpreted as a unit, use the placeholder "x" as the unit, as in
"4 x ripe tomatoes".
"x" used as a unit placeholder has the same meaning as "single", "each", or "individual".
If you start your ingredient entry with a character, NYC assumes you have omitted qty and unit altogether. So it is okay to use:
“salt and pepper to taste”
To force NYC to leave the qty field blank, enter "0" for the qty. For qty, you can use decimal or fraction. If you use fractions, use this convention for compound fractions: "1 1/4". Never use special characters in your compound fractions (like "1+1/4").
If your units of measure have no mass (e.g., loaves, bags, packages, etc), it is best to use a mass-qualified unit so that the mass is not left unspecified. A unambiguous mass unit is important when NYC combines items in your shopping list and when you do nutrition analyses. NYC will try to interpret ambiguous units, but may not always make the right choices. To avoid ambiguity, use mass-qualified units. Mass-qualified units are in parentheses in the unit designation .
For example, instead of using “small” as a unit, use “small (4 oz)”. So your ingredient description might be:
1 small (4 oz) egg
1 small egg
which is ambiguous in te
All of the following examples will be properly interpreted by NYC:
1/2 lb flour
1 1/4 bag (8 oz) carrots
salt to taste
pepper to taste
0 x baking soda
4 x green apples
Use “-----“ before and after ingredient separator words. For example:
1 lb kidney beans
1 lb lima beans
1 lb shrimp
2 oz horseradish
4 single carrots
3 stalks celery
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