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Volume I
September 30, 2002

But How Much Will They Eat?

Portion Size Chart

         Use these common portion sizes as a guideline of how much food to plan for each guest. Simply multiply the serving size by the number of guests you expect to grace your table to come up with the amount of food to purchase.

FoodTypical Portion Size/Person
Bacon 2 slices
Bread 1 slice
Butter 2 tsp.
Cake 3 x 2.5"
Cantaloupe½ melon
Carrots 4 oz
Cereal 2/3 cup cooked, 1 oz cold
Cheese 2 oz
Chicken 5 oz (before cooking)
Cocoa ¾ cup or 6 oz
Coffee ¾ cup or 6 oz
Cottage cheese2 oz or ¼ cup
Crackers 1 oz or 2 graham, 4 saltines, 2 soda
Creamer 1 tsp.
Fruit Juice4 oz
Fruit Salad1/3 cup
Gelatin Salad½ cup
Grapes 4 oz
Gravy 3-4 tablespoons
Ham 3 oz (after cooking)
Hamburger5.5 oz (before cooking; 3 oz after cooking)
Ice 3-4 oz
Ice Cream¼ cup with cake, 1/3 cup for sundae or dish
Jam/Preserves¼ cup
Lemonade1 cup
Lettuce (salad)1/6 head or 3 oz
Luncheon Meat1 oz
Mayonnaise2 tsp.
Meat Salad½ cup
Milk 1 cup
Potato 1 each (4.5-5 oz) or ½ cup (4 oz) mashed or French fried
Potato Chips1 oz
Potato salad½ cup
Pudding ½ cup
Punch ½ cup
Rice ½ cup
Rolls 1 each for heavy meals, 2 each for light meals
Salad Dressings4 tsp.
Sandwich Filling¼ cup
Soup 1/2 cup (if appetizer), 1 cup (if main course)
Spareribs8-12 oz (before cooking)
Strawberries4 oz
Tomatoes2.5 oz or ½ cup diced or 3 slices/person
Vegetable Salad1 cup
Vegetables2.5 oz canned
Watermelon12-16 oz
Wieners 2 each
Whipping Cream2 tablespoons

         * DVO welcomes your kitchen hints and cooking or nutrition questions! Email us and we'll post your hints and Q/A's in upcoming newsletters! *

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Getting It Together
Common Serving Portions

Celery Crisper
Party Planner
High Altitude Baking
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Great Truths
The Final Word on Nutrition and Health
Safety Parking

Neighborhood Night Games
3 Games to Play
Olympics for the Aged

The Skinny on Nutritional Analysis

Great Recipe from the Purdy Family
Comments from HomeCook'n Subscribers

Frugal Gourmets Requested
Announcing Cook'n with Pillsbury

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