- Armed Forces Recipe Service
The Armed Forces Recipe Service is a compendium of high-volume
foodservicerecipes written and updated regularly by the United States Armed Forces Natick Laboratories, and used not only by military cooks but by institutional and cateringoperations. It originated in 1969 as a consolidation of the cooking manuals of the four main services, and is based on previous military publications dating back to the first standardization efforts in the US Army in 1896. Recipes are based primarily on American cookery, though with the addition of specialized items such as vegetarian, kosher, and halalrecipes to meet more specialized needs of those being served.
Each recipe card has a standardized format; each recipe is calibrated to feed 100 people, with a basic nutritional analysis across the top of the card. Traditionally available primarily in print format, the AFRS database is also available electronically.
* [http://www.quartermaster.army.mil/aces/publications/publications.html US Army Quartermaster Center publications,] including the full [http://www.quartermaster.army.mil/aces/publications/recipes/cover.pdf AFRS recipe database] [http://www.quartermaster.army.mil/aces/publications/recipes/recipes.zip] as well as numerous supporting documents regarding military food service procedures
* [http://www.natick.army.mil/about/pao/pubs/warrior/02/novdec/healthy.htm Article on the history and current direction of the AFRS at the Natick Labs website]
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