How Do I Determine How Much Dried Beans I Need to Serve 100 People?

By Nannette Richford

According to the US Dry Bean Council, dried beans provide an excellent source of protein, iron, magnesium and zinc; are high in fiber known to reduce cholesterol levels, and provide a good source of antioxidants. Beans are relatively inexpensive, provide a nourishing and filling meal and require minimal supervision while cooking, making them ideal for large gatherings like barbeques and potluck dinners.

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Determine the amount of cooked beans expected to be consumed by each member. One half cup is considered a serving, but guests may eat more or less depending on whether beans are the main attraction or served as a side dish. As a rule, allow between 1/2 and 1 cup per person.

Cook 10 to 15 pounds of dried beans to feed 100 people. According to the California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom, a one-pound bag of dried beans provides 10 servings of 1/2 cup.

Prepare 10 pounds of dried beans if several other foods will be offered at the same meal. If beans are the main course, you may need 15 pounds to provide 3/4 cup per person.

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