It is always nice to use fresh produce in a dish, but the tricky thing is that the recipe can list the ingredient in a few different ways—whole, by weight, in cups—so depending on how you purchase the fruit or vegetable, you may have to do a conversion. And strawberries are no exception. Perhaps your recipe calls for cups of sliced strawberries but you plan on buying whole strawberries at the market—just how much do you need?
Luckily, there are several conversions already done for you, letting you know how many strawberries are in a typical pound or how many slices a pint will yield, as well as other equivalents.
If you can't find strawberries or the ones at your grocer don't look fresh, you can replace with another kind of berry—just about any type of berry can be substituted measure for measure in recipes calling for strawberries. Of course, they will not taste like strawberries, but the end result should be equally as good.
Converting Pints of Fresh Strawberries
It used to be that we would find berries in the market sold in cardboard pint- or quart-sized containers (and still do at farmers markets), but nowadays it is more likely you will see these berries packaged in plastic containers measured by weight—more specifically, ounces. A common size is 16 ounces, which, of course, equals a pound. If your recipe calls for a pint of fresh strawberries (or a quart, which is 2 pints), there are some simple conversions to follow.
One pint equals:
- 3/4 pound (12 ounces)
- 12 large, 24 medium, 36 small strawberries
- 1 1/4 cups puréed
- 2 1/2 cups whole small strawberries
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups sliced strawberries
Converting Pounds to Cups
Whether a fruit tart, summer salad, or fresh dessert, recipes calling for cut strawberries will most often list the measurement in cups.
If you happen to bring home a 1-pound container of whole strawberries from the market, there are a few simple equivalents to get you on the right track.
One pound of whole strawberries equals:
- 2 3/4 cups sliced strawberries
- 3 3/4 cups whole strawberries
Converting Frozen Strawberries to Cups
Maybe you are striving to eat healthier and want to add fruit smoothies to your diet, or you found a recipe for a strawberry sauce you just have to make to go with the pannacotta. Perhaps you can't kick that craving for your grandmother's strawberry cobbler. But it is the dead of winter and the berries at the market don't look so great. This is when frozen strawberries really come in handy, and with a few simple conversions, you can swap out frozen for fresh in almost any recipe.
|10-ounce package frozen strawberries||1 1/2 cups|
|10-ounce package frozen strawberries in syrup||1 1/4 cups|
|20-ounce package frozen whole strawberries||4 cups|
|20-ounce package frozen whole strawberries||2 1/2 cups sliced|
|20-ounce package frozen whole strawberries||2 1/4 cups puréed|
Converting One Cup of Strawberries
It is always handy to have the equivalents of one cup of anything when cooking, especially with strawberries. Know exactly how much you need—from whole berries to ounces to puree—when converting from cup measurements.
One cup of whole strawberries equals:
- 8 large strawberries
- 5 ounces fresh strawberries
- 1/2 cup purée