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# Converting Two Pounds of Potatoes to Cups

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I am trying to convert pounds to cups. If I have 2 lbs of potatoes, how many cups is that?

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By KL 3 554 02/18/2010

This site says one pound of potatoes is approx 2 cups cooked/mashed. So 2 pounds of spuds would be 4 cups. Use that as a starting point. I would think most potato recipes would be somewhat forgiving, not like baking cakes, etc. where exact measurements count.

http://www.barryfarm.com/How_tos/how_many_cups_in_a_pound_of.htm

By Patty Hamburger 1 15 02/20/2010

Hmm...a pint's a pound the world around. Two cups in a pint, So 2 pounds of potatoes is approximately 4 cups.
Buy a kitchen scale. I bought a cheap one years ago and it's the best way to figure this out.

By carol 4 81 02/18/2010

You can't convert pounds to cups, you can only estimate. They are 2 different systems of measuring. Pounds measure weight and cups measure volume. Consider having 2 pounds of potatoes and 2 pounds of marshmallows. You would have considerably more cups of marshmallows than you would of potatoes.

By KL 3 554 02/18/2010

This one differs a bit:

> How many potatoes are in a pound?

Three medium potatoes equal about 1 pound.
ONE pound of potatoes will yield 3 cups peeled & sliced;
2 1/4 cups peeled and diced;
2 cups mashed; or
2 cups of french fries.

SOURCE:
http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/commodit/horticul/potatoes/facts.htm