Taste Testing and Evaluating Recipes

Try-Day Taste-Testing Ballot (2014) (PDF | 203 KB)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Ballots for elementary school students to share their thoughts on new foods they have tried. Part of the Team Nutrition Popular Events Idea Booklet.


Tasting Event Planning Guide (2014) (PDF | 2 MB)

Anne Arundel County Department of Health

This guide provides step-by-step instructions to help you plan a tasting event at your school to promote new menu items or other healthy foods.


Appendix C of Measuring Success with Standardized Recipes (PDF | 105 KB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

This manual is a "how to" guide on recipe standardization for managers and cook-level employees. Appendix C includes the following resources:

            • Informal Evaluation Checklist
            • Food Product Evaluation Form (For Foodservice Staff, Students, and Teachers)
            • Food Product Evaluation Form (For Elementary Students)
            • Product Evaluation Summary
            • Example of Completed Product Evaluation Summary

(Full Measuring Success with Standardized Recipes material available here (2016))


Creating a Taste-Testing Event: A Resource for School Nutrition Professionals (2016)

Rutgers University Cooperative Extension.

This fact sheet includes tips for getting started, suggested foods for tastings, safety tips, and more.


Five Steps for Food-Safe Taste Testing (PDF | 204 KB)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

This lesson, from No Time To Train- Short Lessons for School Nutrition Assistants(2016), explains the importance of using food-safe taste testing to assure quality standards are met for customers. A practice-based activity is used to demonstrate the two-spoon method for food-safe taste testing. The lesson is designed for managers to teach school nutrition assistants/technicians.