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how many poubds of peppers yield 1 cup diced?

momskitchen Aug 6, 2010 12:53 PM

I have been looking all over and can't find the answer to this question. Do you know?

  1. bushwickgirl Aug 6, 2010 01:18 PM

    poubds, is that pounds? Jeez, depends on the pepper type and size, but usually one large sized bell pepper, given that you remove the seeds and cap, gives you a cup, diced. The standard for large peppers is approximately two per pound. You really need to weigh them to be sure, but if you can't do that, then buy one large for your cup of diced.

    Here's a handy chart:


    8 Replies
    1. re: bushwickgirl
      nofunlatte Aug 6, 2010 02:18 PM

      I don't think the weight depends on the pepper size. A pound is a pound, but you would have more peppers per pound with smaller ones such as jalapenos; larger ones like bells would have fewer peppers per pound.

      1. re: nofunlatte
        bushwickgirl Aug 6, 2010 03:50 PM

        What? What I meant was without buying them by weight, but by the piece, as people often do with peppers, a large green pepper is known to yield about one cup of diced pepper. I didn't mean that the size of the pepper dictates the weight; obviously not, but there are some standard average amounts for vegetable yields. For example, onions are sold by the pound, but 1/2 cup chopped onion is about 1 medium onion, weight be damned.

        If the OP wants to know how many pounds of peppers yields one cup diced, I would say 1/2 pound of green bell, but the thing to do is weigh to be sure. The OP doesn't mention what type of peppers she's using.

        However, given that peppers are normally sold by the pound, size does matter if you want to have exact amounts, excluding waste. A pound of green bells is 2-3 pieces, depending on the size, large or medium, (remember, this is an approximation, only a scale can tell for sure) or how ever many jalapeños there are in a pound, 7-8 maybe. So you buy them by the pound, and how many in the pound depends on the size of the pepper.

        1. re: bushwickgirl
          nofunlatte Aug 6, 2010 06:00 PM

          I understand what you are saying, but the OP asked about buying by weight, not by piece. If you are buying by weight, you'd just be adding the number of pieces to the scale until it reaches your desired weight.

          Maybe I'm misunderstanding the question.

          1. re: nofunlatte
            greygarious Aug 6, 2010 06:21 PM

            Bushwickgirl's initial response already answered the OP question - 2 large is about a pound. Presumably the OP is capable of extrapolating that if one pepper yields a cup, it is a half pound.

            1. re: greygarious
              bushwickgirl Aug 6, 2010 07:32 PM

              Oh, thanks, I have been thinking about how to more clearly answer this for the last two hours. Volume and weight are different measurements, 1 cup by volume of chopped pepper may weigh more or less than 8 oz by weight, according to the size of the dice, as you outlined downthread. I think the OP's question is a bit problematic, as the weight of an item may or may not be the same, volume-wise.

              1. re: bushwickgirl
                momskitchen Aug 7, 2010 06:17 AM

                I'm the original poster...let me clear it up. What I wanted to know is how many lbs of peppers should I buy to make 1 cup diced for a canning recipe Yes, volume and weight are different measurements, but the density of peppers should be fairly constant. What I would love is a chart that shows this. Thanks for all the responses!

                1. re: momskitchen
                  bushwickgirl Aug 7, 2010 09:09 AM

                  Here's a weight to volume conversion table for many food ingredients. It has a density function as well:


                  This simpler conversion chart gives volume measures, based either on cup or tablespoon, and the corresponding weight for common ingredients, According to the chart, your 1 cup of chopped green peppers weighs 5.3 ounces, due to density factors:


                  Hopefully these charts will help.

      2. re: bushwickgirl
        greygarious Aug 6, 2010 06:18 PM

        How finely chopped makes a difference, too. According to Everyday Food, 1/8" cubes is brunoise. 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4" or larger cubes are small, medium, and large dice, respectively. The bigger pieces have more empty space surrounding them, so there will be a small weight difference.

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