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Old 08-21-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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Measuring potatoes

When a recipe calls for l.5# cubed potatoes, how many cups are needed?

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Old 08-21-2008, 10:53 PM   #2
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Do you have a digital scale? That would be the best way, but not sure how many cups that would be. Maybe 3?
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Old 08-22-2008, 02:26 AM   #3
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you would have to weigh them... they are going to fit into your measuring cup differently depending on the size of your cubes....
weighing is the only way you're going to get it precise.
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Old 08-22-2008, 06:30 AM   #5
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1 5# of potatoes sounds like a 5 pound bag of potatoes that you buy at the store. Just use the whole bag. They weighed it for you.

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Old 08-22-2008, 11:03 AM   #6
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Adillo - I think the OP meant 1-1/2 (aka 1.5) pounds of cubed potatoes - not one 5# bag of potatoes.

Anyway, what I do for a recipe like this - since I don't have a digital scale - is to buy a bag of potatoes containing taters of pretty much the same size. I then count the potatoes & divide by the weight of the whole bag. It's then easy to basically figure out how many potatoes make the weight I need for the recipe.

And really - how many potato recipes are there where you need a spot-on direct hit re: weight?
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:20 AM   #7
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Adillo - I think the OP meant 1-1/2 (aka 1.5) pounds of cubed potatoes - not one 5# bag of potatoes.

Anyway, what I do for a recipe like this - since I don't have a digital scale - is to buy a bag of potatoes containing taters of pretty much the same size. I then count the potatoes & divide by the weight of the whole bag. It's then easy to basically figure out how many potatoes make the weight I need for the recipe.

And really - how many potato recipes are there where you need a spot-on direct hit re: weight?
What if the recipe calls for peeled potatoes?
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:08 PM   #8
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Absolutely no difference as far as I'm concerned. Like I said, unless there's some reason why the particular recipe definitely absolutely requires a spot-on exact measurement, I do it just as I said. You know, it's all too easy to get way too anal about recipes.
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:30 PM   #9
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Find the specific density per unit volume of the particular potato cultivar you are planning to use. Then dig out your calculus book and find the formula and technique for determining the volume of a potato. Once the volume is found, then simply divide the volume by the density to derive the weight, as in W=mass/volume. Then select sufficient potatoes to fill the correct voume, before cubing of course.

Or, as was stated above, weigh a couple of spuds, peel them, and dice them up.

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Old 08-22-2008, 02:43 PM   #10
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You were being silly, GW?
For the heck of it I googled: 1.5 lbs of potatoes = ? cups, and you know what I got?
A page saying there wasn't an answer to that question.

I thought maybe you were onto something
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