This food amount chart allows you know exactly how much food to purchase for cooking for a crowd of 50 or more.

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This food amount chart represents approximate amounts of food you need to purchase when you are cooking for a group of 50 people. Food items are common of what can be served at a party or enjoy the meal for a big crowd.


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This chart gives quantities for 50 servings. For 25 people, divide quantities indicated by 2. Because that 100, many by 2. All serving quantities are approximate. Please usage your ideal judgment.


Vegetables and Fruit

Food Type

Approximate Amount for 50 ServingsServing size Per Person


Coffee (regular ground)

11/2 lbs.1 cup
Half & Half, for coffee2 1/2 pints1½ tablespoons
Sugar, for coffee12 ozs11/2 teaspoons
Fruit juice, lemonade, tea, etc1 cup
Bottles, cartons, cans4 32 oz.
Frozen7 12 oz. Cans
CocoaTo do 2½ gals.¾ cup
Instant mix2½ lbs.


Unsweetened powder8 oz.


Tea, hot or cold (follow package directions2½ gals¾ cup
Cider, hot or cold2 gals½ cup

Sodas, Punch

4 1-liter party or 3 gallons8 ozs. Purchase much more for extra servings

Bottled Water

as packaged1 each

Breads, Rice, Pasta, Beans

Bread, sandwiches or side dish4 loaves (22-24 slices every loaf)2 slices
Rolls, biscuits, croissants, small muffins, bagels, etcdetermine by pkg. Size2 pieces
Crackersdetermine by pkg. Size4
Pancake Mixapp. 6 lbs, check out pkg directions2 4-inch cakes
French Toast4 loaves (22-24 slices every loaf)2 slices
Cooked, oatmeal, gritsabout 2 gals. Cook (app. 2 lbs dry)2/3 cup
Coldapp. 5 boxes½-1 cup
Coffee Cake4 8" bundt cakes1 regular slice
Pasta, together side dish, spaghetti, macaroni, noodles4-5 16 oz. Pkgs.1/2 cup, cooked
Rice, uncooked3-4 lbs1/2 cup, cooked
Beans, canned8-12 15.5 oz cans1/2 cup


Eggs, scrambled, omelets, frittatas

8 1/2 dozen2 eggs

Butter, for bread

1lb.1 pat, 1/2 customs thick

Cheese, cut as appetizer

4 lbs.2 oz.
Milk 3 gals1 cup
Heavy whipping cream11/2 pints

2 tablespoons whipped

Meat, Poultry-Quantity Uncooked

Beef, Lamb, Pork,boneless

16-18 lbs3 ounces cooked
Beef, Lamb, Pork, roast, bone-in22-24 lbs3 ounces cooked
Beef or Pork Ribs25-40 lbs1 pound cooked

Pork Chops

17 lbs1 chop 3/4" Thick
Chicken, pieces with bone-in18-20 lbs1-2 pieces
Chicken, boneless, skinless, cut-up for casserole, soup, stew etc.16-18 lbs3 ounces
Turkey, whole, to roast40-50 lbs. (2-3 large birds)3 ounces


6 lbs., 12-20 slices per lb2 slices
Ham, bone-in, come bake18-20 lbs.3 ounces, cooked
Purchased all set to eat15 lbs3 ounces, cooked
Sausage, links i.e.. Pork, Polish, Knockwurst or other selection sausages10-12 lbs.1-2 links=2 come 3 ounces, cooked
Hamburgers, ground beef or mixtureof soil meats13-15 pounds (app. 25% fat)4-8 ounces, cooked
Ground Meat, beef, turkey, pork, veal because that meat sauce, lasagna, tacos, casseroles, etc12-16 pounds (app. 25% fat)1/2 cup cooked
Hot Dogs12 lbs2 warm dogs


Beef, Ham, Turkey, deli sliced4 lbs, in total2 slices (about 1 oz)
Cheese, deli sliced3 lbs.1 slice
Bread4 loaves (22-24 slices per loaf)2 slices

Condiments, Relishes and Salad Dressings

Mayonnaise 32 ozs1 tablespoon
Ketchup2 20-oz bottles1 tablespoon
Mustard8 ozs.1 teaspoon
Pickles, whole, dill or sweet2½ qts1 pickle
Pickle relish2 qts1 oz.
Olives, ripe, entirety or pitted1½ qts3-5
Salad dressing, self serve1 quart1 tablespoon
Mixed in salad3-4 cups
Salsa2-3 qts.2-3 tablespoons
Jelly, jam preserves,2 32-oz jars1 tablespoon


Lobster, in shell1 lobster every person1 1/2 lb
Crabs, whole, steamed, boiled in shell4-5 bushels, (medium crabs, app. 80-90 crabs every bushel; examine with your local seafood industry as this different by region)6-8 crabs per person, depending upon how lot other food is served
Fish, Fillets and also steaks, new or frozen14-16 lbs uncooked3-4 ounces, cooked
Whole, cleaned40 lbs uncookedapp. 3 ozs
Shrimp, life in shell (any size)18-20 lbs3 ozs. Cooking (app. 6-7 medium shrimp)
Cooked (packaged frozen variety)10 lbs3 ozs. Cooked (app. 6-7 medium shrimp)
Sea Scallops, fresh or frozen10-12 lbs.

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4 scallops
Crabmeat, lobster meat, squid, cooked, box or packaged12-15 lbsapp. 1/2 cup
Mussels, Oysters, Clams, in shell12 each every person
Potatoes, red, white, Yukon gold, Russet or sweet; mashed, scalloped, au gratin, salads. Etc.18-22 lbs raw1/2 cup, cooked
Frozen, French fries, wedges, hash browns12-13 lbs1/2 cup
Lettuce, romaine, red leaf, icebergAbout 6 huge bunches1 cup

Vegetables, offered as next dish, untrimmed, most varieties: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, eggplant, eco-friendly beans, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini; sliced, diced or whole,

Fresh16-20 lbs

FrozenGreen beans, peas, corn, spinach,10 lbs

1/2 cup cooked

Vegetables offered in salad or in vegetables platter, untrimmed

FreshSuch as cauliflower, carrots, mushrooms, radishes4-6 lbs because that each vegetables in salad/tray

1/4 cup, as ingredient in salad
CannedMost varieties18-20 cups (8-10 14.5-15 oz cans, drained1/2 cup cooked
Tomatoes, sliced, for salad20-30 medium3 slices
Fruits,served as side food or salad, reduced up, most varieties,apples, grapes, melons, berries, bananasFresh10-15 lbsIn totalEx. 2-3 pounds every of 5-6 species of fruit1/2 cup
CannedMost varieties18-20 cups (8-10 14.5-15 oz cans, drained1/2 cup


Cakes2 13x 9 x 2" sheet cakes4 9" class cakes4 loaf lb cakes1 small square or 1 slice
Pies, 8-9 inch7-8 pies1 continuous slice
Cookiesdetermine by pkg. Size2-3 cookies
Ice Cream, Sherbet2 ½ gallons1/2 cup
Purchased Dessertsdetermine by pkg. Size1/2 cup or 3-4


Nuts, mixed

2 lbs

2 tablespoons (1 good handful)

Potato Chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, cheese curls etc

3-4 lbs (check package size)