Do you use standard recipes in your aged care home? There are many good reasons to use a standard recipe when cooking for older people. The 2 most important are:
We all know that some Chefs or cooks can cook an amazing meal that no-one else can seem to replicate. It is important that the recipe is documented so that others can get as close to their finished product as possible. This should result in a high standard of quality across the whole menu.
Also, using a standard recipe will ensure that all the ingredients are available when needed, there will be enough food to feed all the residents and allergens can be managed. This way all residents can enjoy the same meal with some modifications.
Make sure that the standard recipes are always available to all the cooking staff. A clean folder in the office around the corner that no-one looks at, just might indicate that the recipes are not followed. An easy to follow recipe which is available in the production area and that indicates the number of serves is a very useful tool.
People in residential aged care spend a lot of their time thinking about food. If they expect a meal to look and taste the same way that they had previously, we need to ensure that we can do this every time. A standard recipe should be able to deliver this!
About the Author Nutrition Professionals Australia is a team of Accredited Practising Dietitians who consult to aged care homes across Australia. They have more than 40 years of combined experience in a range of roles, as Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians, Food Services Coordinator, Residential Site Manager, Author of Nutrition Manuals and Consultant Dietitian.roles, as Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitians, Food Services Coordinator, Residential Site Manager, Author of Nutrition Manuals and Consultant Dietitian.
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