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You should consider your needs...yes, you can cost manually, it is really about the time and having to do redundant tasks every time you cost. Considering the food price inflation currently in the market, costing needs to be rather regular. There are a scattering of free spreadsheets, but they tend to lack conversion abilities (converting volume to weight, etc.) and a useful history so you can track costs.
That being said, there are programs under 40 bucks which have a lot of great features if you just need to cost, record your recipes, and not have the program run your entire business. I would recommend CostGizmo -- it's 40 bucks, but they are really nice and will usually send you a coupon for 10 off if you just email them. It's a simple yet comprehensive app that gives you all the reports and output you need. It's all a very colorful and lively program, not clinical like a lot of programs. It runs on the Excel engine, though you don't see excel running when it is on.
If you want to go with a free spreadsheet for costing, I suggest googling "menu (or recipe) costing spreadsheet free". That will give you a top level search of several free spreadsheets that you can run in Excel like any normal workbook.