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How Much to Make for a Crowd

Cooking for a crowd and not sure how much to make? Betty has you covered with guides for everything from drinks to dessert.

Meat, Poultry and Shellfish (bone-in, unshelled)
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
3/4 lb 9 lb 18 lb 36 lb
Meat, Poultry and Fish (boneless)
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1/4 lb 3 lb 6 lb 12 lb
Meat Cold Cuts
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
2 1/2 oz 2 lb 4 lb 8 lb
Cheese Slices
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1 oz 1 lb 2 lb 4 lb
Rolls
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1 1/2 rolls 2 doz 3 doz 6 doz
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Chicken Salad (main dish)
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1 cups 3 qt 1 1/2 gal 3 gal
Chicken Salad (side dish)
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1/2 cup 1 1/2 qt 3 qt 1 1/2 gal
Potato Salad, Baked Beans or Coleslaw
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1/2 cup 1 1/2 qt 3 qt 1 1/2 gal
Crackers
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
4 crackers 8 oz 1 lb 2 lb
Tossed Salad
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1 1/2 cups 4 1/2 qt 9 qt 4 1/2 gal
Salad Dressing
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
2 Tbsp 1 1/2 cups 3 cups 1 1/2 qt
Chips
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1 oz 12 oz 1 1/2 lb 3 lb
Dip
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
2 Tbsp 1 1/2 cups 3 cups 1 1/2 qt
Fruit or Vegetable Dippers
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
4 pieces 4 doz (48 pieces) 8 doz (96 pieces) 15 doz (192 pieces)
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Cakes (13 x 9", 12-cup ring or 9" layer)
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1/16 cake 1 cake 2 cakes 3 cakes
Cookies
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
2 cookies 2 doz 4 doz 8 doz
Ice Cream
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1/2 cup 2 qt 1 gal 2 gal
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Coffee, Brewed
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
3/4 cup 9 cups water 18 cups water 36 cups water
Coffee, Ground
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1 1/2 cups 3 cups 5 cups
Tea, Brewed
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
3/4 cup 9 cups water 18 cups water 36 cups water
Tea, Loose
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1/4 cup 1/2 cup 1 cup
Tea Bags
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
12 bags 24 bags 48 bags
Iced Tea
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1 cup 3 qt 1 1/2 gal 3 gal
Punch
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
1/2 cup 1 1/2 qt 3 qt 1 1/2 gal
Mineral Water
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
8 oz 3 qt 6 qt 12 qt
Ice
serving size 12 servings 24 servings 48 servings
4 oz 3 lb 6 lb 12 lb
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FRUITS
fruit size approximate yield approximate servings
Cantaloupe 4 lb 36 chunks 9
Grapes (seedless) 1 lb 12 - 15 clusters 6 - 8
Honeydew 2 lb 36 chunks 9
Pineapple 3-4 lb 40 chunks 10
Strawberries (large) 1 lb 20 - 25 berries 5 - 6
VEGETABLES
vegetable size approximate yield approximate servings
Asparagus 1 lb 30 - 45 spears 8 - 11
Bell pepper 2 peppers 24 strips (3 1/2 x 1/2") 6
Broccoli or cauliflower 2 lb 32 florets 8
Carrots 1 lb 65 sticks (3 x 1/2") 16
Celery 4 medium stalks 33 sticks (4 x 1/2") 8
Cucumber 2 large 45 sticks (4 x 3/4") 8 - 11
Mushrooms (medium) 1 lb 20 mushrooms 5
Pea pods 4 oz 30 pea pods 7
Zucchini 3 medium 35 slices (1/2") 9
Carrots 1 lb 65 sticks (3 x 1/2") 16
SALAD
salad greens size bite-sized pieces approximate servings
Boston lettuce 1/2 lb head 6 cups 4
Iceberg lettuce 1 1/2 lb head 12 cups 8
Leaf lettuce 3/4 lb bunch 8 cups 5
Romaine lettuce 1 1/2 lb bunch 12 cups 8
Spinach 3/4 lb bunch 8 cups 5
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