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How Many Tomatoes In A Pound

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Recipes will occasionally call for tomatoes that are measured in weight (pounds) or volume (cups). Instead of weighing everything out, you can simply refer to this page which provide a selection of tomato conversions. If you want to know how many tomatoes in a pound or a cup we’ll give you the quick answers here. We’ll also show you the fresh tomato equivalent of a range of different sized canned tomatoes.

How many tomatoes in a pound?

How many tomatoes in a pound
A tomato weight conversion infographic.

Here’s the same information in a table.

Tomato typeQuantity of tomatoes
Large2
Medium3
Large Roma4
Small Plum8
Cherry20

The next scenario to look at is converting a pound of tomatoes to cups.As you’ve probably guessed, this isn’t an exact science but the numbers will give you a pretty good estimate. Now you can pop down to your local grocer and buy the right amount of tomatoes without going overboard and being stuck with leftovers that may perish before being eaten.

WeightCups
1 pound1.5 cups of chopped
1 pound3 cups pureed

Perhaps you’d simply like to know how much a single tomato weighs?

Size of TomatoWeight
Large7 oz
Medium5 oz
Small3 oz

Canned tomatoes are hugely popular and most households will have at least one sitting in their pantry. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know how a converts to cups of tomato?

Can weightNumber of cups
16 oz2
28 oz3
35 oz4

Fun Fact

There are over 10,000 varieties of tomato on this planet. They cover a wide range of colors and flavors. But most importantly, they vary significantly in weight. Some tomatoes grow to the size of a bowling ball and don’t work with the tables above. So when you’re using these conversions try to stick to the common tomato varieties you find at the green grocer.

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How to choose the perfect tomato

The secret to picking delicious tomatoes is shopping local. If you have a farmers market nearby you’ll do well to buy them from there. Why does it matter? Supermarket suppliers pick their crops when they’re still green to avoid bruising during transportation. Unfortunately, tomatoes don’t continue to ripen once they’re picked. Sure, they’ll turn red and become softer, but there will be little change to the flavor and aroma.

Locally bought tomatoes probably won’t have that perfect shape and skin that you’ll get from the store bought ones. But all will be forgiven once you take a bite and taste the amazing flavor that comes from vine-ripened tomatoes.

If you have to buy from a supermarket then choose smooth, shiny, firm fruit that are free from bruising or squish soft patches. The best indicator of freshness is the tomato’s aroma. If you can’t detect any fragrance, you’re unlikely to get a lot of flavor from it.

Don’t be afraid to use canned tomatoes if you’re using the tomatoes for cooking. They tend to have excellent flavor and work very well in casseroles and sauces.

Quick Cooking Tip

Do you enjoy baking or stuffing tomatoes? You may find that they tend to lose their shape as they cook. To avoid this, bake them in a lined muffin tray and you’ll get perfect looking baked tomatoes every time.

FAQ

How many tomatoes in a bushel?

One bushel of tomatoes weighs 53 pounds which equates to 106 large tomatoes, 159 medium tomatoes or 1060 cherry tomatoes.

How many cherry tomatoes in a pint?

A dry pint of cherry tomatoes contains 10 oz (275g) or 25 cherry tomatoes.

How much is a pound of beefsteak tomatoes?

There are approximately 3 medium sized beefsteak tomatoes in one pound.

How many tomatoes in an 8-oz can?

A 28-oz can contains the equivalent of 6 medium sized tomatoes.

Are tomatoes a fruit or vegetable?

From a botanical perspective, tomatoes are a fruit. However, in the United States tomatoes are legally classified as a vegetable and are subject to the same importation tariffs as other vegetables. This ruling came about after the decision was made by the Supreme Court back in 1893 that tomatoes were eaten as part of the main course and should therefore be treated as a vegetable.

Concluding Words

Although there will be some variance, there are about two large tomatoes in a pound. If you’re making a dish that requires exact measurements then your best bet is to get out the scales and weigh them. This will give you perfect measurement every time.

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