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How much does one large russet potato weigh?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Percebes Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 July 2017 at 05:17
This should clear it up if you are buying potatoes in CanadaLOL

http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables/quality-inspection/vegetable-inspection-manuals/potatoes/eng/1387374793841/1387374861996?chap=2
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I have observed that 'folk' recipes are self adjusting. If I like a lot of onion flavor and the recipe calls for one large onion, I'll likely pick the biggest one I have. Someone who doesn't care so much for onions will automatically use less and perhaps be as happy with his dish as I am with mine. Similarly, many recipes end with "Season to taste." Baking recipes, not so much.
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Truth to tell, I’ve never worried about it. I always buy potatoes loose, and match them to size using the Mark 5 Eyeball Detector. Goal is what I think is a portion size.

However, as noted above, there are standards. With potatoes there is quite a bit of overlap, but here is what USDA says:

Small: 1 ¾-2 1/2 “ diameter, weighing about 170 grams. (pretty close to 6 oz)

Medium: 2/14-3 1/4” diameter, weighing about 213 grams. (7 ½ oz)

: 3-4 ½” diameter, weighing about 369 grams. (just about 13 oz)

As it turns out, my idea of a portion fits perfectly into the medium category. And those shooting for a half-pound are right in the money.
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