There are a lot of custom fields that you should use when creating a recipe. While they’re not all required, it’s highly recommend you enter values for everything, as Google and other search engines will rank you higher if you include more content.
The following is an overview of each field:
Recipe Title: The title for the recipe – shouldn’t be more than a few words.
Recipe Description: You may want to include a description for the recipe or a story about it. Any other information that doesn’t suit the other fields should be included here, but it shouldn’t be too long as you’re adding a recipe, not a story!
Courses: Add as many courses as you’d like. It could be a ‘Main Course’, or an ‘Entree’, or maybe even ‘Dessert’! This can be anything you want – it doesn’t have to follow the traditional ‘course types’. Think of these like the Recipe Category or Tag.
Cuisines: Similar to the Courses, you can add as many cuisine types as possible. Maybe something like ‘Fusion’ or ‘Mexican’ – it’s up to you!
Recipe Completed Photo: The ‘featured image’ for the recipe. This is the main image that will be used for the recipe, and would probably be best if it was a completed photo of the food or something like that.
Recipe Gallery: This is a fun one. If you click Add recipe gallery images, you can add a bunch of images to be shown in a gallery on the recipe. 5 is recommended.
The recipe details speak for themselves, but let’s take a closer look at each of the fields.
Servings: This should be a plain integer (number) that is the number of a type of servings.
Servings Type: This is in relation to the Servings field above. Something like People or Muffins.
Preparation Time: A plain integer (number) in minutes for the ‘preparation’ of the recipe.
Cooking Time: Also a plain integer (minutes) in minutes for the ‘cooking’ of the recipe. Even if it’s over an hour, it should still be in minutes like 100 minutes for 1 hour & 40 minutes.
Equipment Needed: An optional field for listing equipment needed for the recipe. There can be as many as you want, simply add another field to add another item. This could also be used for something else and you could then change the ‘Equipment Needed’ text in the Recipe Hero Settings.
Nutritional info: You can optionally use this field to add nutrition information about the recipe, like the calories or sugar content, etc. The format and presentation of this information is not important – it should just be any nutritional information that you want to display at the bottom of the recipe.
This is one of the most important field sets – Ingredients! You can an unlimited amount of ingredients, each with their own information. Each field is individually explained below.
Quantity: Ideally, this should be a plain integer (number) representing the amount of this ingredient needed.
Amount: This ties in with the previous Quantity field. Choose from the options available what type of amount to use. In the future we will add a ‘Custom’ field for adding in a new type of amount that isn’t available, but for now, please use one of the options available and feel free to request in the Support Area for a new amount type. Currently available:
- Gram (gm)
- Ounce (oz)
- Milliliter (ml)
- Liter (L)
- Pound (lb)
- Kilogram (kg)
- None (blank)
Ingredient: The name of the ingredient.
Instructions / Steps
Like the Ingredients area, the steps field set is equally important, but only has two fields to fill in. You can add as many steps as you want.
Instructions: The details for this step. Every little bit of information you can think of. Feel free to write in paragraphs and with HTML – it will be automatically formatted.
Step Photo: Optionally, you may want to add an image to go along with the step. It will open up the native WordPress media uploader, so you can upload a new image or use a pre-existing one from the media library. It’s nice to use a large image as Recipe Hero comes with a responsive lightbox so the images will be able to be opened up and viewed at a bigger size.