When the recipe you are preparing calls for a pound or a cup of tomatoes, it's good to know how many you will need before you cook. What are the various options for measuring tomatoes?
Equivalent guidelines of whole tomatoes to weight, whole tomatoes to cups, and canned to whole tomatoes and cups will make the measurement conversions quick and easy.
Refer to these helpful charts when the recipe specifies pounds and you need to know how many to buy or pick from your garden. Please note there may be variances based on your definition of the tomato sizes. For canning, it's better to have one or two too many tomatoes than not enough.
|1 large tomato||little less than 1 pound|
|3 medium globe tomatoes||1 pound|
|4 large Roma tomatoes||1 pound|
|8 small plum or Roma tomatoes||1 pound|
|15 to 20 cherry tomatoes||1 pound|
Converting weight to cups of chopped or pureed tomatoes:
|1 pound||1.5 cups chopped tomatoes|
|1 pound||3 cups pureed|
|2.5 pounds||3 cups chopped and drained|
|2 cups chopped||1 pound|
|2.5 pounds||2.5 cups seeded, chopped, and cooked|
Perhaps you made a last-minute decision to make a certain dish that calls for canned tomatoes, and you would prefer to use the fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes:
|1 cup canned tomatoes||1.5 cups fresh, chopped, cooked tomatoes|
|1 (16-ounce) can||2 cups undrained, 1 cup drained|
|1 (28-ounce) can||3 cups undrained, 2.5 cups drained|
|1 (35-ounce) can||4 cups undrained, 2.5 to 3 cups drained|
|1 (14.5-ounce) can||5 to 6 small tomatoes or about 1 pound|
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