Here’s What 1 Pound of Pears Looks Like

published Jun 21, 2016
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How often do you head to the grocery store with a long list of things to buy and very little time to do it? Pretty often, I’m guessing. Having to weigh out ingredients in the produce aisle can feel like one more task you don’t have time for, which is why I recommend you learn what they look like instead. If it’s pears you’re picking up, here’s how to spot a pound.

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Educate Your Eye: 1 Pound of Pears

For a pound of pears, look for a pair. Easy enough to remember, right? Two medium-sized pears, each about the size of a tennis ball, is a pound. They should fit snuggly in the palm of your hand, much like a tennis ball would, and be roughly the same size to ensure you’re getting as close to a pound as possible.

Educate Your Eye

Our eyes are one of our greatest, most useful tools in the kitchen. They can help us size up everything from the weight of vegetables to the doneness of meat. Educate Your Eye is a series on The Kitchn that teaches you what you need to know to use your eyes for smarter cooking both inside and outside the kitchen.