Ever wonder how many onions it takes to get 1 cup of chopped or diced onions, as called for in a recipe? Or how many ears of corn you need to get 1 cup of kernels? Or how many limes go into a quarter-cup of lime juice?
If so, check out the produce converter at howmuchisin.com/produce_converters. The website provides “how much is in” conversions for more than 50 types of produce (including herbs), as well as for eggs, cheese, chocolate, and bread (to breadcrumbs).
For instance, to yield 1 cup of chopped bell pepper, you need 2 bell peppers. To get 1 cup of cooked spinach, you need 1 pound of fresh spinach. To get 1 cup of shredded carrots, you need 3 carrots. Have a special recipe that calls for 1 cup of shredded cheese? You will need a quarter-pound block of cheese.
In addition, the website explains the process undertaken for establishing each of the conversions, along with some fun food tidbits such as: Why do apples float in water? (Because they are about 25 percent air.)
This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
Also see Handy Advice About Food Portions.