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I need a little help here people. I have to cook pinto beans for approximately 100 people. I need to know approximately how many pounds of dry pinto beans to use. i have on hand 16 lbs of beans at this time, 4 cans of whole peeled tomatoes, 1 bell pepper, 1 large onion and 3 pieces of salt pork. just need to know how many lbs to use. please help. you can email me at [email protected].
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According to my sources, 1 pound dried beans should yield 5 1/2 to 6 cups cooked beans. Based on 1/2 cup portion size per person (standard FDA serving) cooking 9 pounds of beans will yield you 98 1/2 cup portions.
I'd cook 10 pounds because who actually serves and even 1/2 cup? No one.
Give yourself a little wiggle room, besides, not everyone will eat them anyway.
 
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