Strawberries are a delicious summer fruit. They are hard to resist at the grocery store, farmers market, and stands at festivals.
They are also a fruit that many people have trouble figuring out how many strawberries are in a pint. Like other berries, there is not a universal weight for strawberries.
Like with other fruits, the volume of strawberries changes depending on the size of the berry. Smaller berries will take more to make up one pint than large ones will!
Strawberries can be measured in two ways: by weight or by count. To figure out how many strawberries are in a pint, you can do either of these methods. However, one is easier than the other!
This article will go over how to figure out how many strawberries are in a pint using both methods and what kind of strawberry container to use for each one.
Volume of pint containers
A pint is always 500 mL, no matter what substance it is. However, what determines how many cups of strawberries you get in a pint depends on the volume of the container itself.
Strawberries come in various sizes depending on the grower and if they are organic or not. A pint is always 1,000 grams, or 2 pounds. This makes it easy to figure out how many strawberries are in a pint!
Organic strawberries weigh about 1,100 grams per pint, which means there are about 5 cups of berries in a pint. Non-organic varieties weigh around 1,200 grams per pint, with about 5 cups of berries as well. Whether you have small or large strawberries makes no difference!
Remember: A cup is always 250 mL so there are 5 cups in a pint of organic or non-organic strawberries.
How many strawberries fit in a pint container?
As mentioned before, one pint contains eight ounces of strawberries. However, you can fit up to four cups of sliced strawberries in each pint.
So, if you have a bowl full of sliced strawberries, you would need two pints to fill a pint container with sliced berries. You could even have a third pint of just the tops!
This is not the usual way to harvest strawberries, but it is an easy way to gather a lot of them quickly. You can even do this with plants that are already producing.
It is easy to check how many berries fit in a pint by pouring out a few ounces and counting how many berries fit in that amount. Divide that number by eight for the total number of berries that fit in a pint.
Are all strawberry containers the same size?
Unfortunately, the answer is no. Most containers list the weight of the container as well as the contents.
This makes it difficult to figure out how many cups of strawberries are in a pint unless you weigh them. The problem with weighing them is that you would have to separate the stems from the berries, which is a time-consuming task.
A pint is equivalent to 500 mL, or about 2 cups. This makes it easy to calculate how many cups of strawberries are in a pint, you would just need two cups of strawberries per pint!
Unfortunately, some containers do not list the weight of the container nor do they contain two cups of berries per container, making this tip ineffective. Some containers may also contain more than two cups per container, making this tip too effective.
What is the weight of a pint of strawberries?
Now that you know how to count the number of strawberries in a pint, you may be wondering how to figure out the weight of a pint of strawberries.
The general rule is that one pint of sliced berries weighs one pound. This is not exact, however, as it depends on the size of the berry and how thickly they are sliced.
Very thin slices will weigh less than thicker ones, and bigger berries will weigh more than smaller ones. So, if you were to pour a pint of very thickly sliced strawberries into a bowl, they would probably weigh close to one pound.
General rules are sometimes hard to remember, so we suggest writing this one down so that you do not forget it! Remember this for next time you are at the grocery store buying strawberries.
What is the cost per pound for strawberries?
Along with considering the weight of the strawberry, you should also pay attention to the cost per pound. Because strawberries are a limited season fruit, prices can rise quickly as growers anticipate rising demand.
Unlike some produce that hangs around for a few months, strawberries only last a couple months- from February to May in most parts of the country. This is another reason they can cost more per pound.
You will often see specials on packs of strawberries rather than individual berries due to their short season and higher demand. Pack deals are a great way to save some money if you are planning on making lots of dishes with strawberries!
Strawberries can range in price depending on the size and region they come from.
Are there any ways to save money on purchasing strawberries?
You can always look for sales at your local grocery store, as well as online sellers like Amazon and grocery delivery services like Instacart and Shipt.
When buying strawberries in the store, check to see if they are slightly firm to the touch. If they are too soft, they may be overripe and therefore less flavorful. Overripe strawberries can be a deal breaker if you are using them for jam or baking because of this!
Confirm that the container reads 100% strawberry by checking the nutritional facts on the back. Some distributors mix in other fruits like apples or pears which are cheaper. Buying 100% strawberry will save you some money in the long run!
Look for coupons before purchasing and keep an eye out for sales to get the best deal on strawberries.
What are some recipes that use strawberries?
Strawberry recipes are some of the most common recipes. Almost every cookbook has a recipe for strawberry shortcake, desserts with strawberries, or ways to use strawberries in salads.
Some other recipes include jam, pancakes with strawberries, smoothies, and rice dishes. With how easy it is to grow strawberries, you will never run out of recipes!
Strawberries are typically ready to pick in the early to mid-spring. This is when most people want to start using them, but if you keep them dried and cold, you can use them as late as fall.
Tips for storing strawberries
While strawberry season is short, there are several ways you can store strawberries for later. If you have too many to eat fresh, freezing them is a great way to save them.
Strawberries can be frozen whole or sliced. If freezing whole berries, let them thaw before using them in recipes as they will become mushy.If using them for smoothies, either freeze the whole berry or chop before freezing for an easier texture change.
Another way to save strawberries is via jam making. Making jam requires some time and effort, but it is definitely worth it! You can either sell it or keep it for your family and friends.
Finally, refrigerator storage is a common way to keep strawberries longer.