How to Calculate How Many Cups in One Pound of Green Beans

When buying green beans, you are typically purchasing a measure of weight. In cooking, though, the measures are in volume. In cooking you must take into account several factors when measuring. Use the appropriate measuring cup for dry items, not wet. You can use an online measurement converter, or use one that comes in most cookbooks. One pound of trimmed green beans commonly yields about 3 cups in the raw state, and about 2 cups when cooked.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring cups
  • Knife
  • Cutting board

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Step 1

Wash and drain your beans.

Step 2

Trim off the ends of the green beans using a sharp knife. Cut the beans into 1- to 3-inch sections as desired. If you leave them long and whole, it will be more difficult to measure them. More will fit into the measuring cup if you use smaller pieces.

Step 3

Fill the dry measuring cup with the chopped bean sections. Level it off at the top so pieces aren't sticking out. You will notice minor spaces between the cut portions.

Step 4

Count the number of cups you have filled.


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