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How much Chopped, Diced Fine, Sliced, Chopped Cherry, or Chopped Plum Tomatoes in a Pound?

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It can be frustrating to try a new recipe and not understand how much of an ingredient to purchase at the store. Sometimes they give you a quantity of tomatoes in volume (2 cups), sometimes as a weight (8 ounces) and still others the tomato is given as a produce description (2 medium tomatoes). But what are they really talking about? So how much is in a tomato? In order to help make cooking easier we did some experiments to help tell you exactly how many tomatoes you need to buy.

To answer How many tomatoes in a cup we went to the grocery store to check out the different common types of tomatoes in the produce section. After surveying the selection we discovered that 1 pound is equal to 25 to 30 cherry tomatoes, 8 plum tomatoes or 3 medium round tomatoes.

The cherry tomato weighs about 1 ounce, the plum tomato about 3 ounces, and the regular garden tomato weighs about 6 ounces. We then started chopping and found it took 27 to 28 cherry tomatoes, about 3 plum tomatoes, or 1.25 medium round garden tomatoes to reach the 1 cup mark.

Did you know that a fruit is the edible part of the plant containing seeds; a vegetable is a stem, leaf or root. Botanically speaking a tomato is a fruit. The confusion arose after the 1890s when the US Supreme Court named them a vegetable for taxation purposes. Tomatoes are thought to have originated in South America near modern-day Peru. The name "tomato" comes from the Aztec word "xitomatl," which means "plump thing with a navel". The biggest tomato fight in the world happens each year in the small Spanish town of Buñol. The La Tomatina Festival involves some 40,000 people throwing 150,000 overly ripe tomatoes at each other. Now there's a laundry nightmare!

Next time your recipe calls for a cup of chopped tomatoes you'll feel confident knowing how many of which kind of tomato you need. You can also use our conversion tool below for any custom how many tomatoes in a... measurements you need. Having trouble slicing tomatoes into clean looking pieces? Then we highly recommended buying a serrated tomato knife, they aren't expensive and really make cutting tomatoes so much easier. For 2 options under $10, the Rada Cutlery Tomato Slicer Knife is super sharp but feels light weight. For a heftier feel in the hand, the Pure Komachi 2 Series Tomato/Cheese Knife is another option in the same price point. If a longer blade is a mandatory feature, then the 5.5 inch Wusthof Gourmet Tomato Knife, although a bit more expensive, may be just the kitchen tool you need for a more pleasant cooking experience.

Custom Conversions for Tomato

One Tomato Equals

  • There is 1 Tablespoon (15 mls) of Chopped Cherry Tomatoes in a Tomato
  • There is ⅓ Cup (79 mls) of Chopped Plum Tomato in a Tomato
  • There is ½ Cup (118 mls) of Fine Diced Tomato in a Tomato
  • There is 1 Cup (237 mls) of Chopped Tomato in a Tomato
  • There is 1 ¼ Cup (296 mls) of Sliced Tomato in a Tomato
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You need 16 Tomatoes

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How to Store Tomato

How to Ripen Tomato

Place not fully ripened tomatoes in a large plastic covered bowl with holes drilled in the top. The cover traps the tomatoes' natural ethylene gas and speeds up the ripening process; the air holes allow proper air and moisture circulation.

Green tomatoes will ripen when stored in a warmer spot with temperatures between 65 and 70°F (18.3 and 21.1°C). The tomatoes can be stored in a cooler location, but will take longer to ripen. In this state, you can hold tomatoes 4 to 6 weeks.

Short Term Tomato Storage

Tomatoes are sensitive to chill-injury, store on your counter at room temperature between 65 and 70°F (18.3 and 21.1°C). Do not refrigerate unless necessary, such as extra-ripe tomatoes which helps to slow down the ripening process. Refrigeration causes tomatoes to lose flavor and nutrients.

Peeled, seeded pulp will hold in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days if covered well.

Tomato Long Term Storage

Set tomatoes on a rack without touching each other. Tomatoes that have started to turn red can be held in a dark area with temperature of 55 to 60°F (12.8 and 15.6°C)s. The storage spot must be humid but not damp, or the tomatoes will rot. And if possible, a temperature of 85°F (29.4°C) is actually ideal.

Tomato sauce freezes great.

Whole or peeled tomatoes can be frozen in plastic bags for use in cooked meals later. However, this process does alter the taste and texture of the tomatoes.

Standard and plum tomatoes are excellent for canning.

Tomato Side Notes

There may be several thousand varieties of tomatoes, but the following 4 classifications are most commonly used:

  • The classic globe tomato group, which includes beefsteak tomatoes, encompasses tomatoes which tend to be red and roughly round. Globe tomatoes can be eaten raw or cooked, and they tend to have firm, flavorful flesh.
  • Roma tomatoes tend to be more oblong in shape, and they are more suitable for cooking and products like tomato paste.
  • Small tomatoes such as cherry and pear tomatoes are packed with flavor, and they make an excellent addition to dishes like salads and salsa; they also tend to be sweeter than other tomato varieties.
  • Heirloom tomato is a term used to refer to a number of heritage varieties such as Brandywines and zebras. Heirloom tomatoes tend to be more flavorful and fleshy.

Tomato Recipes

Sous Vide Lobster Tail and Cherry Tomatoes with Parmesan Cream Linguine Recipe

Sous Vide Lobster Tail and Cherry Tomatoes with Parmesan Cream Linguine Recipe image Creamy pasta and sweet "burst in your mouth" tomatoes, all topped off with succulent lobster...the perfect way to break up all the zoom calls and treat yourself to a delicious dish that is also easy enough to make that you can enjoy it during the week! In this Linguine with Lobster and Cherry Tomatoes in Parmesan Cream Sauce recipe, both the lobster and cherry tomatoes are done sous vide.

Sous Vide Poached Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Sous Vide Poached Cherry Tomatoes Recipe image Using sous vide to lightly poach tomatoes results in a tender and moist side dish. The tomatoes are just heated through, not broken down, so cooking them at almost any low temperature works well. I usually serve them with steaks so I cook them at 131°F (55°C) because I toss them in with the steaks at the end of their cooking time.

Sous Vide Poached Cherry Tomatoes

Sous Vide Poached Cherry Tomatoes image This recipe makes a tender and moist side dish by lightly poaching tomatoes in the sous vide machine. The tomatoes are just heated through, not broken down so I throw them in with the sous viding meat at the very end. How convenient is that!


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