Recipe Selection Based on Content Availability, Cost, and Preparation Time
Publication Date: 2014-May-23
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed are a novel and non-obvious system and method for recipe selection based on time and cost or dietary restrictions and using available ingredients. The system uses Near Field Communication and smart devices to inventory the user’s stock of ingredients, consider additional criteria, search for recipes, and then present the results.
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Recipe Selection Based on Content Availability , Cost, and Preparation Time
In busy family households, it is often difficult to plan healthy, fast, and cost-effective meals for which the cook also has all the ingredients on hand. A system and method are needed that make use of pervasive smart devices to help a user plan meals by using cost and time thresholds, as well as available ingredients, in the selection of a recipe.
The solution is a novel and non-obvious system and method for recipe selection based on time and cost or dietary restrictions and using available ingredients.
This approach allows a system to select recipes for a user based on available ingredients (i.e., on-hand, in the house). The ingredients are inventoried via Near Field Communication (NFC) or through smart appliances (e.g., smart refrigerator). The ingredients are then compared against the requirements in a recipe database to find matches for whole meals. The resulting matches are then presented to the user for selection. Once the list of recipes is generated, the user can also narrow down the selection based on criteria such as lowest total cost and preparation time.
To implement the system and method in a preferred embodiment:
1. A database containing various recipes and ingredient quantities is accessed via a smart device
2. Smart device scans the kitchen and pantry via NFC to catalog available ingredients, including
A. The per unit cost of each ingredient
B. Expiration dates