Can you guesstimate how many carrots do you need in one dish? If not, my experiment with carrot weight equivalents can save you from buying too many or too little. Here’s what I found.
In a 2-pound low-grade carrots bundle comprising 9 carrots of various sizes, the smallest carrot measures 13 cm long and weighs 1.9 oz (54g). The largest has a length of 16.5 long and weighs 4.4 oz(124g). However, the 16.5 cm long medium carrot can weigh around 3.3 oz (93g).
Often, we purchase carrots only to find out that it’s way too much than what we could use. Hence, it’s useful to have a rough idea of how many carrots are needed to come up with the required quantity in the recipe.
A 2-pound carrot bag bought at the supermarket contains 9 carrots (without tops) of various sizes. Their weight ranges from 1.9 to 4.4 ounces, but the medium-sized carrot weighs 3.3 ounces. The largest size is 6.5 inches, while the smallest measured 5.1 inches.
Here is the summarized result:
|Size||Ounce (oz)||Grams (g)||Pound (lb)||Length|
I bought a low-grade bag of chantenay carrots in the supermarket. The pack contains mixed sizes of deep orange carrots. Each carrot is weighed using a digital countertop food scale and is measured to categorize into sizes.
I sort them into small, medium, and large according to the measurement obtained to keep it simple. Here is the detailed measurement of each carrot in the bag.
|Chantenay Carrot||Weight (oz)||Length (cm/ in)|
|1||4.1||16 cm||6.3 in|
|TOTAL||31.8 oz / 1.99 lb|
A large carrot weighs 4.4 oz / 0.275lb / 124 grams, while the smallest has a weight of 1.9 oz/ 0.118 lb/ 53.5 grams. However, an average medium carrot weighs 3.3 oz/ 0.206lb/ 93.4 grams.
The measured weights can tell us that:
- 2 small-sized carrots are approximately equivalent to 1 large carrot.
- 1 and a quarter of medium-sized carrots are equal to 1 large carrot.
- 8 large carrots or 11 medium-size carrots are roughly 1 kilogram.
- 1 pound requires 8-9 pcs of small-sized carrots.
- There are 4-5 medium carrots or 3 large carrots in 1 pound.
- 250 grams of carrots are 2 large-sized carrots
- 500 grams of carrots need approximately 5 medium carrots.
- 3 oz carrots require 1 ½ small carrots or roughly 1 medium-sized carrot.
Although the weight of carrots depends on their dimension, one of the best ways to estimate their weight is through their length. The data above shows that carrots measuring 5.5- 6 inches or 14-15 cm in length typically weighs 3-4 oz.
A carrot that is more than 15cm/6 inches can weigh over more than 4oz, which qualifies as a large-size carrot. However, a carrot shorter than 14 cm/ 5.5 inches can probably weigh 2oz but not more than 3 oz.
You can actually tell the carrot size by using your hand. A small-sized carrot barely reaches my wrist, while the medium carrot makes it up to the length of my hand. But a large carrot is longer than my hand and covers almost two-thirds of my palm.
Five medium-sized carrots, each long enough to fit the hand, are equivalent to 1 pound. But it takes only 3 large carrots, whose length exceeds the hand, to make up one pound.
If you need 1 pound of carrots in your recipe, you don’t have to look for a scale because you can just roughly estimate by hand. Pick your carrots and guesstimate according to what you would need. People going through a meal plan usually buy medium-sized carrots.
In the experiment, one cup of chopped raw carrots weighs 5.1 oz or 145 grams. However, a cup of shredded uncooked carrots measures 2.8 oz or 82 grams.
When you make vegetables stir fry, or bake a carrot cake, the recipes might ask for a cup of chopped or shredded carrots. But how many carrots are equal to these measurements?
Three small-sized peeled carrots to obtain 1 cup of chopped fresh carrots. It weighs 145 grams which means it can also use 2 ½ medium carrots.
When shredded or grated, only 2 medium carrots are needed to make up one cup. The weight of 1 cup shredded carrots is 82 grams, equivalent to 1 ½ large-sized carrots.
Carrot peelings and trimmings on a small carrot weighs 0.5 oz /15grams, while the medium-sized wasted 0.7 oz or 23 grams. The large carrots have the most peelings that weigh 1.2 oz or 34 grams.
Indeed, knowing the waste weight of carrot peelings and trimmings can help. The weight of the peelings will allow you to calculate how much carrots is equivalent to your supposed meal plan.
For example, if your meal plan requires 3 oz carrots, that is 1 whole medium carrot. But there can be some waste due to the peelings that might render a lesser usable portion. So, it would be best if you chose a bit sized-up carrot.
The weight of the peelings may vary depending on the surface area of the carrots. However, it can be helpful to have a rough idea of how much peelings waste weighs in a specific carrot size.
The US Food and Drug Administration suggested that a raw carrot serving size for an individual is about 80g/2.8 oz. That is almost 1 ½ small-sized carrot or barely 1 medium carrot.
Most people peel carrots before eating because sometimes the skins of other carrot varieties are bitter, affecting the taste and texture of the food. However, carrots are safe to eat and provide added nutrition. If you choose to eat with the peel on, make sure to scrub the carrots well.
You can freeze raw carrots without having to blanch them first. But, if you skip blanching before refrigerating them, you risk texture and quality. Blanching carrots is prime to retain their flavor and vibrant color.
The small-sized carrot weighs around 1.9 oz and is 13 centimeters long. A medium carrot on the other hand, is 15 centimeters long and weighs 3.3 oz. Indeed, a large carrot can weigh 4.4 oz with a length of 16.5 centimeters.
When a recipe asks for a cup of chopped or shredded carrots, it can be equivalent to 5.1 oz and 2.8 oz, respectively. To obtain one cup of raw chopped carrots, you will need 2 ½ medium-sized carrots.
“Nutrition Information for Raw Vegetables.” The US Food and Drug Administration
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