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~ Portioning Poultry: The Chart/Guide that Will Help ~

IMG_7341Every cook, novice or expert, at some point, finds him or herself asking the question, "how much poultry do I need to buy?"  This chart is a great place to start.  I ripped it out of a magazine in my doctors office almost 38 years ago.  Since my son Jess will celebrate his 38th birthday in December, my recollection is precise.  We women remember important stuff like our wedding day, the birth of a child, and, the first time we cooked Thanksgiving Dinner for our family -- timing the turkey, making the gravy, and, peeling all those potatoes.  It can be extremely overwhelming.

6a0120a8551282970b017c33c2eea4970bWhat size bird to buy, no matter what the occasion, tends to be confusing because all poultry is not created equal.  Size doesn't always matter, because some fowl, duck for instance (pictured here), may appear to be large enough to feed six, but, you'd be lucky if you get enough meat from it to feed three.  If you've never cooked a duck before, one duck comfortably feeds two people.  I learned this the hard way.

After I used "the chart" a couple of times and found the information to be spot on, I photocopied it (we had no scanners back then), trimmed the page, and hung it on my kitchen-desk bulletin board (where it still hangs today).  I've shared it with many cooks over the years and I even added it to one of the WPSU-TV cookbooks I edited.  It's time to add this info to the blog-o-sphere.  


About the only other commentary I can add to this short, informative post comes in the form of advice:  Always know your crowd.  Purchase more poultry if you're serving dinner to four hungry college-age guys, or less, if your serving lunch to four middle-aged women.  Always look at the big picture too.  If you want leftovers of the dish you are serving, or you can use some of the leftover poultry to turn out a quick second meal for your family, buy twice as much -- I do!

IMG_5419"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

(Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2014)


Thank-you Marya.

Very nice effort done for readers. chicken type, weight, and how much to by is an awesome information for me as well as for those also who are health and diet conscious. While searching the benefits of white meat, i found a good article over "Is White Meat Good for Health?": ttps://, a nice post for me and hopefully for all.
Marya Gull

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