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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

How to Feed a Crowd


It can be a problem to know how much food you need for a large gathering. It is always a worry as to whether you will have enough and usually most end up with far too much! I thought it would be good to post something that might address that.
Here the good people from the Ladies Home Journal home making services have laid it all out for you.. and here are sizes needed to adequately feed a crowd. With some simple math you can figure out what to buy for less or more.

Beverages
Coffee Servings:
25 Serving Size: 3/4 cup Amount Needed: 1/2 to 3/4 pound, ground

Milk Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: 1-1/2 gallons

Soft Drinks Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: 3 2-liter bottles

Tea, hot Servings: 25 Serving Size: 3/4 cup Amount needed: 5 quarts (20-25 tea bags)

Tea, iced Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: 1-1/2 gallons (24-30 tea bags)

Orange Juice Servings: 32 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 1 gallon

Lemonade Servings: 32 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: 2 gallons

Beer Servings: 24 Serving Size: 12 ounces Amount Needed: 1 case of 24 cans/bottles

Wine Servings: 10 Serving Size: 5 ounces Amount Needed: 1.5 liter bottle

Desserts
Cake Servings:
24 Amount Needed: 2 13x9-inch cakes or 1 15x10x1-inch sheet

Ice Cream Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts

Frozen Yogurt Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts

Pie Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/8 pie Amount Needed: 3 9-inch pies


Fruit
Canned Servings:
24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 1 6-1/2 to 7-1/4-pound can

Fresh, Cut-up Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts


Relishes
Carrot Sticks Servings
:
25 Serving Size: 2 to 3 sticks (2-3 inches) Amount Needed: 1 to 1-1/4 pounds

Cauliflower Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 4 1-pound heads

Broccoli Florets Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 4 1-pound heads

Celery Servings: 25 Serving Size: 2 to 3 pieces (2-3 inches) Amount Needed: 2 to 3 bundles

Olives Servings: 25 Serving Size: 3 to 4 Amount Needed: 1-1/4 quarts (5 cups)

Pickles, sliced Servings: 25 Serving Size: 3 to 4 slices Amount Needed: 1 quart

Pickles, spears Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1 spear Amount Needed: 1 to 1-1/4 quarts


Rice and Pasta
Elbow Macaroni Servings:
25 Serving Size: 1 cup cooked Amount Needed: 2-1/4 pounds, uncooked

Rice, Long-Grain Servings: 24 Serving Size: 3/4 cup cooked Amount Needed: 2-3/4 pounds (6 cups) uncooked

Spaghetti Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 cup cooked Amount Needed: 3 pounds, uncooked


Salads/Side Dishes
Gelatin Servings:
24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 6-ounce packages, flavored

Lettuce Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1 cup Amount Needed: 6 quarts, torn (4 heads)

Potato Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts

Pasta Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 quarts

Main Dish Salads Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1-1/2 cup Amount Needed: 9 quarts


Soup
Servings: 25 Serving Size:
1-1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 50-ounce cans, condensed


Vegetables
Canned Servings: 25 Serving Size:
1/2 cup Amount Needed: 1 6-1/2 to 7-1/4 pound can

Fresh Potatoes, Mashed Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 7 pounds

Fresh Potatoes, Scalloped Servings: 25 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 7 pounds

Frozen Beans, Peas, Corn, or Mixed Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount Needed: 3 16-ounce packages


Other
Butter or Margarine Servings:
32 Serving Size: 1 pat (1 teaspoon) Amount Needed: 1/2 pound

Pizza Servings: 24 Serving Size: 1/3 of a 12-inch pizza Amount Needed: 8 12-inch pizzas

Potato or Corn Chips Servings: 25 Serving Size: 3/4 to 1 ounce (1-1/2 cups) Amount Needed: 1 to 1-1/2 pounds

Mixed Nuts Servings: 12 Serving Size: 1/4 cup Amount Needed: 12 ounces

2 comments:

  1. :) Thanks Doc! I appreciate that very much. Kind of you to take time to let me know too.
    I will be over to visit your blog too.

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