Measuring Vegetables for Recipes

How Many Cups of Vegetables Equal One Pound?

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Measuring vegetables for recipes is not always easy. The following equivalent measurements will help you convert a vegetable’s weight (in pounds) on the grocery scale to the amount (in cups) that you need for a recipe.

Now when a recipe calls for a cup of onions, you’ll know how much to slice!

Vegetable Measurements for Recipes

Asparagus 1 pound = 3 cups chopped
Beans (string) 1 pound = 4 cups chopped
Beets 1 pound (5 medium) = 2–½ cups chopped
Broccoli ½ pound = 6 cups chopped
Cabbage 1 pound = 4–½ cups shredded
Carrots 1 pound = 3–½ cups sliced or grated
Celery 1 pound = 4 cups chopped
Cucumbers 1 pound (2 medium) = 4 cups sliced
Eggplant 1 pound = 4 cups chopped (6 cups raw, cubed = 3 cups cooked)
Garlic 1 clove = 1 teaspoon chopped
Leeks 1 pound = 4 cups chopped (2 cups cooked)
Mushrooms 1 pound = 5 to 6 cups sliced = 2 cups cooked
Onions 1 pound = 4 cups sliced = 2 cups cooked
Parsnips 1 pound unpeeled = 1-½ cups cooked and pureed
Peas 1 pound whole = 1 to 1-½ cups shelled
Potatoes 1 pound (3 medium) sliced = 2 cups mashed
Pumpkin 1 pound = 4 cups chopped = 2 cups cooked and drained
Spinach 1 pound = ¾ to 1 cup cooked
Squash (summer) 1 pound = 4 cups grated = 2 cups salted and drained
Squash (winter) 2 pounds = 2-½ cups cooked and pureed
Sweet potatoes 1 pound = 4 cups grated = 1 cup cooked and pureed
Swiss chard 1 pound = 5 to 6 cups packed leaves = 1 to 1-½ cups cooked
Tomatoes 1 pound (3 or 4 medium) = 1-½ cups seeded pulp
Turnips 1 pound = 4 cups chopped = 2 cups cooked and mashed

 

This chart should be printable to put on your refrigerator! Please share your questions and tips below!

 

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Your equivalents

Your conversions/equivalents do not say whether they account for loss from peeling, cutting off leafy portions, cutting off root portions, etc.

I just wanted to know how

I just wanted to know how many potatoes I would need for 5/8 of a pound?

So my original crockpot broke and I had to buy a new 1 but it's smaller, so I had to cut the original recipe in half. And it originally called for 1 1/4 lbs of baking potatoes, thinly sliced. And half of 1 1/4 lbs is 5/8 of a lb. So is 5/8 a lb. a full 1 potato or is it less than 1 potato?

fractions of a pound

Think of it this way: There are 16 ounces in a pound. One eighth of a pound is (16 divided by 8), so the answer is 2. Five eighths means 5 times 2, so the proper weight is 10 ounces.

As for how many potatoes that is, you need to weigh a potato and see how close it comes to 10 ounces and use all of part of it—or, if one potato is less than 10 ounces, use part of another. In all likelihood, the recipe will come out fine if your potato portion is slightly over or slightly under 10 ounces.

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English Cucumber's for pickles

Thank's very much, I needed a weighing scale was trying to determine if needed 2 pounds of 4 to 5 inch cumcumber's how many would it take to make 2 pounds, I found answer. Thanks so much

green peppers

Love your chart. I need to know about green peppers though and I do not see that. Would you know about how many green peppers would be in 5 pounds?

Bell peppers vary in size,

Bell peppers vary in size, but a general rule is that 2 bell peppers equal 1 pound. So 10 bell peppers would be about 5 pounds.

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