Finding the Correct Ingredient Name

MasterCook includes the ingredients from the Standard Reference library of the USDA Food and Nutrient Database. Recipes call for ingredients by a variety of names. The USDA doesn't have every ingredient or multiple variations. However, you can easily create synonyms or add your own ingredients.

In order to assist you in locating a similar ingredient, we have provided a text file of the ingredient names used in MasterCook. See the attached .txt file below. Download the file to your computer. Use it to search for an ingredient by its name to see where it is in the list.

The previous versions of MasterCook had about 9,000+ ingredient names and were from the 1990's USDA database.

There are over 16,000 ingredient names in MasterCook 2020. These are from the current USDA Standard Reference library.

 MasterCook 2020 has more than 3.5 times the number of nutrients than any previous version of MasterCook including sugar and phosphorus for those who need to watch those levels of nutrients because they have diabetes or kidney disease. It took a great deal of time to rewrite several parts of the program to work with all of those new nutrients.

You can either link your unknown ingredients in a recipe to one in MasterCook's internal database or you can create a synonym of an existing ingredient in the Ingredient List in the program. The program's help explains how to do these things. It has a Search tab too. Just search for link or synonym to find those instructions. Go to the Help menu in MasterCook. Select Help Contents to access the program's help. If the window doesn't appear, just restart MasterCook try again.

This article explains how you can add your own ingredients:

If you add or edit the Ingredient List, you will want to make sure you regularly backup the MC file that's inside the MC Tools folder on your computer. It contains all of your edits.

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