Taste Testing and Evaluating Recipes

Sensory Evaluation Form (PDF | 19 KB)

This form asks evaluators to circle a rating for each of the following: Appearance, Taste/Flavor, Texture/Consistency, Aroma/Smell, and Overall Acceptability.


Sensory Evaluation Rating Form (PDF | 14 KB)

Evaluators assess recipes on a scale of 1 to 9 for Appearance, Taste/Flavor, Texture/Consistency, Aroma/Smell, and Overall Acceptability.


Taste Testing in Schools: Resource Guide (PDF | 1.19 MB)

Ohio Action for Healthy Kids.

This guide includes tips and ideas for implementing a successful taste testing event, and includes various sample evaluation forms and food safety tips.


Taste Test Form (PDF | 35 KB)

This form provides testers with 5 evaluation questions about the food, using a scale of 1 to 6 for each question.


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

National Food Service Management Institute.

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)


Taste Testing in Schools: Resource Guide (PDF | 1.19 MB)

Ohio Action for Healthy Kids.

This guide provides background information, tips, sample forms, and more for conducting student taste tests.


Taste Test Days

National Dairy Council; National Football League; United States Department of Agriculture.

Provides tips for involving the school community in conducting taste tests. From the Fuel Up to Play 60 Interactive Playbook.


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

National Food Service Management Institute.

This lesson, from No Time To Train- Short Lessons for School Nutrition Assistants, 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.


Taste Testing New Foods in the Classroom and Cafeteria (PDF | 1.6 MB)

Vermont FEED: Food Education Every Day.

This resource provides tips for surveying students in the classroom, in the cafeteria, as well as a sample Taste Test Survey.


Teacher's Guide to Sensory Evaluation (PDF | 961 KB)

British Nutrition Foundation.

This resource for educators provides tips on how to perform sensory evaluation and explains different evaluation techniques.


A Guide to Taste Testing Local Food in Schools

Vermont FEED: Food Education Every Day.

This guide includes a step-by-step process for conducting classroom or cafeteria taste tests, taste test case studies, and reproducible handouts.


Making Better Food Choices: Taste Tests (PDF | 812 KB)

Action for Healthy Kids.

Part of Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Challenge, this resource provides tips for conducting a successful taste test.


Taste of the Town: Sensory Testing Reveals What We Like to Eat, and Why

Oregon State University. Oregon's Agricultural Progress.

The kids at Abernethy Elementary School are wide-eyed with anticipation. They've assembled in the school's cafeteria to lend their expert opinion to the question of school lunch.