Money Saving Tip | Know How Much Food to Make



Does trying to figure out how much food to make stress you out?

After all, not enough and your family will be hungry.  On the other hand, if you make too much, you’ll end up with leftovers.

While  I love my leftovers for lunch, some others in my family refuse to eat leftovers.   So I don’t like having more then one serving left over because it will most likely go to waste.  That essentially means throwing money into the trash can.  So knowing how much to make is essential.

That’s why I’m so excited to share this great resource with you.

Not only will it help you know how much to make for each meal, but it can also help out if you are having a party.

The chart below gives guidelines on the total amount needed to feed 6 guests.  My family has 7 in it so I lower these amounts just a bit since five of them are kids ranging from 2 to 15.  If you are having a dinner party and have 12 guests, simply double the amounts.


Total Amount Needed

Barbecued Brisket 5 pounds
London Broil 5 pounds
Flank Steak 3 lbs
Rib Eye Steak 6 10 oz steaks, halved
Rib Roast, bone in 8 pounds
Sirloin Roast or Filet Mignon Steaks 3 pounds
Bone-In Chicken 10 pounds
Boneless Breasts 3 pounds or 10-12 breast halves
Whole Chicken Three 3 lb broilers
Whole Turkey 9 to 10 pounds
Bacon 2 pounds
Boneless Pork Loin or Tenderloin 3 pounds
Bone-In Pork Chops 12 chops
Ham, Boneless 3 pounds
Ham, bone-in 4 pounds
Spare Ribs 12 pounds
Fresh Shrimp 90 pieces
Fresh Fish fillets 2 to 3 pounds
Lobsters 6 lobsters (1 to 2 lbs each)
Cooked Shrimp 2 1/2 pounds
Broccoli or Cauliflower Florets 2 one pound heads
Carrot Sticks 3/4 to one pound
Chips or Pretzels One pound
Pickles, slices 1/2 quarts
Pizza Three 16” Pizzas
Rice 3 cups uncooked
Green Salad 3 quarts
Soup 1 1/4 gallon
Cake One 13 x 9” cake
Ice Cream 1 1/2 quarts
Pie Two 9 inch pies

Follow these rules and you’ll have 2 modest servings per person, and not a ton of leftovers.  That means you won’t be throwing money out in the trash.

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