How to accurately log and track ingredients used in a custom recipe

I am creating a recipe that uses another custom recipe for a marinade. The marinade is discarded prior to cooking. How much of that marinade is being consumed? Do I track the entire marinade as part of the recipe? If the recipe is for 4 servings, do I also define the marinade as 4 servings?


  • I would measure the marinade before and after marinading, then record that ratio of ingredients used. As a simple example:
    Marinade recipe is .25c olive oil and .5c soy sauce = .75c marinade
    After marinading, there is .5c marinade remaining, so .25c or 1/3 of the marinade was absorbed by the food.
    1/3 of 1/4 = 1/12c olive oil
    1/3 of 1/2 = 1/6c soy sauce
    I suppose different ingredients could be absorbed at different rates, but this would get you pretty close. Also, I would do it all in grams rather than cups!

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