Meat Buying Guide

How much raw meat should you buy? If you figure about 3 ounces of cooked, lean meat per person, that's about 4 ounces of raw meat per person. For some meats you'll need to take the amount of bone and fat into account.

Servings per Pound*

Type of Meat

Boneless or ground meat

Meat with a minimum amount of bone (steaks, roasts, chops, etc.)

Meat with a large amount of bone (shoulder cuts, short ribs, neck, etc.)

*Three ounces of cooked trimmed meat equal one serving.

Source: Adapted from Nutrition, Health, and Food Management Division, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Food: A Handbook of Terminology, Purchasing, and Preparation (Alexandria, Va.: American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, 2001), pp. 139-143. Copyright 2001 by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Reprinted with permission.

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