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Recipes are used for items that consist of at least one other item (or ingredient).

There are many examples of recipe items:

You must first set up the items which are the ingredients of the recipe item. These ingredients can be normal items or stock holding items. The recipe item itself is set up like other items but the supplier is set as 'UNK' (unknown) and there will be no order code. 'No cost record needs to be entered as you can't actually buy the item'. You then tell the system which items are the ingredients for this recipe. The system automatically works out the expected cost of the item based on the costs of the ingredient items.

How Do Sales, Stock And COGS Work On Recipe Items?

Sales are kept against the recipe item which was sold. It is more important that you know how many RUM AND COKEs you sold then how many RUMs and how many COKEs.

Stock is not kept on the recipe item as it is not a single physical product. When you sell a recipe item, the system decrements the stock against the ingredients.

There is no average cost or last invoice cost in the recipe items themselves. Their cost of goods sold is calculated by adding the appropriate cost (average or last invoice) of the ingredient items.


A scotch and coke consists of one part scotch and two parts coke. Its cost of goods sold would be one times the cost of the scotch plus two times the cost of the coke.

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