Many recipes will call for "1 cup of chopped parsnip" or "1/2 cup of grated parsnip" or even "1 cup of mashed parsnip" but it is not always easy to figure out actually how many parsnips are in a cup. In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how many parsnips you need to buy.
To answer How many parsnips in a cup we went to the grocery store to check out the vegetable selection. Since large or over-sized parsnips tend to have a bitter, woody core, we focused our attention on the other sizes. We found that 1 pound contained 4 medium parsnips or 5 to 6 small parsnips. We decided to use 1 medium parsnip that weighed about 4 ounces (113 grams) for our unit of measure.
After purchasing some medium parsnips for our how many parsnips in a cup testing samples, we headed home to the kitchen. It took about 1.5 chopped parsnips to hit the 1 cup mark, but a full 2 parsnips when grated. In order to mash parsnips for a recipe they need to be cooked first which reduces the quantity yielded from each one. So for a recipe calling for 1 cup mashed, you need to start with 4 medium parsnips.
Did you know that parsnips are native to Europe and Asia and were used as a sweetener before the arrival of cane and beet sugars. During the Roman Empire, parsnips were so highly valued that the Emperor Tiberius accepted parsnips as part of the tribute paid by Germany. Think the carrot and parsnip look similar? No wonder, the two veggies are close relatives!
Next time your recipe calls for a cup of chopped, mashed or grated parsnips you'll feel confident knowing how many you need. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how many parsnips in a... measurements you need. If you peel a lot of parsnips by hand you should definitely look into getting a good vegetable peeler to greatly speed up the process. I feel comfortable recommending the OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler since I use it all the time at home!
To start with the freshest most flavorful parsnips possible, select ones that are firm, unblemished and less than 8 inches long.
Before storing remove green tops if still attached, as they will draw nutrients from the parsnip.
Store unwashed parsnips in the crisper section of the refrigerator in a perforated plastic bag; they will be good for 3 to 4 weeks.
Store cut raw parsnips in an airtight container so they do not dry out; cut parsnips have a tendency to turn slightly brown. They will hold their freshness for 4 or 5 days.
After cooking parsnips, they will only last in the refrigerator for a day or two.
Trim and peel young parsnips and cut into narrow strips. Place in boiling water to blanch for 2 minutes, immediately cool in ice water. Dry and place in airtight plastic containers in the freezer; they will keep for 2 months.
You can freeze cooked parsnip purees.
Parsnips look like a cream colored carrot but have a nutty, sweet flavor.
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