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vegetarian baked beans from scratch. how many people will 3 pounds of dried beans serve at a BBQ?

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snazerian Aug 23, 2012 03:41 PM

I have some vegetarians coming to my BBQ and want to prepare baked beans that they can eat.
How many people will three pounds of dried beans serve

  1. Gio Aug 23, 2012 04:04 PM

    About 30 servings...

    1. porker Aug 23, 2012 04:38 PM

      my brother in law can eat 3lbs of beans...

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      1. re: porker
        mcf Aug 23, 2012 05:12 PM

        Two cups of dried kidney beans will yield 5 cups cooked. That's one lb dried, about 2.5 lbs cooked. Three lbs would yield about 7.5 lbs of baked beans. Unless you're not serving anything else, that's a lot of beans.

        1. re: mcf
          todao Aug 23, 2012 09:08 PM

          If those numbers are correct 7.5 pounds of baked beans provides a 4 ounce serving portion for each of thirty guests and, unless it's the main course, IMO it's enough to accompany the main attraction.

          1. re: todao
            biondanonima Aug 24, 2012 09:17 AM

            Well, it provides 4oz of BEANS, but since baked beans will undoubtedly have a significant quantity of onion and sauces added to them, I would think that if you do 7.5 lbs of beans you'll end up with at least 10 lbs of baked beans, which would provide a 4oz serving for 40 guests.

            1. re: todao
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              sueatmo Aug 24, 2012 09:24 AM

              And no one will limit themselves to a 4 oz serving, either.

              1. re: sueatmo
                mcf Aug 24, 2012 10:08 AM

                Do you really think so? I think there are a lot of folks who'll avoid the altogether, and a lot who will take one spoonful, depending on what else is present. 4 oz is a pretty big serving of that dish, IMO.

                And as biondanonima says, the whole dish will be more than 4 oz, that's just the beans, no sauce components.

                1. re: mcf
                  porker Aug 24, 2012 11:23 AM

                  I think so - maybe a 3rd grade girl might eat 4oz of beans, about 4 tablespoons.

                  30 to 40 four ounce servings should give the OP a good guideline.
                  Now snaze has to do some figurin - how many guests are vegetarian, how many are non. Of the vegetarian, are they eating other items besides beans. Are the non-vegetarians going to have a steak or a hot dog (or a...) as a main and beans as a side. Are there other sides competing with the beans? Are these other sides vegetarian as well or non, or a mix?
                  etc etc etc
                  a bit off-topic... cut some romaine hearts in half, drizzle with olive oil, S&P, and grill, getting a nice char - the vegetarians will love it. Maybe some 'maters, cut thick as well....

                  1. re: porker
                    mcf Aug 24, 2012 11:52 AM

                    8 TBS makes a half cup, but that's volume, not weight.

                    1. re: mcf
                      porker Aug 24, 2012 12:09 PM

                      A tablespoon of water is about 15 grams, about a half oz. Beans aren't as dense as water, and its difficult to get a level tablespoon, but haphazardly, 4 heaping tablespoons of beans would be about 3 ounces.
                      I stand corrected.
                      Maybe a 6th grader will eat 4 ounces {;-/)

                  2. re: mcf
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                    sueatmo Aug 29, 2012 10:16 AM

                    Yes based on my experience, most will not limit themselves to a 4 oz serving.

                    1. re: sueatmo
                      512window Aug 29, 2012 02:38 PM

                      Based on my experience, about half will not want any baked beans at all. It is the one item that is always left over.

                      1. re: 512window
                        mcf Aug 29, 2012 02:53 PM

                        That's been my observation as well.

          2. mamachef Aug 24, 2012 11:57 AM

            30 Easily, w/ leftovers probably.

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