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## Calculating How Much Food To Buy

### Meat

The quantity you need depends largely on the cut you’re using and the way you cook it. You’ll need less, for example, for a dish with a rich sauce, and more for a plain roast. As a rough guide, estimate about 100-175g (4-6oz) per portion for boneless cuts, and 175-350g (6-12oz) for meat on the bone.

### Poultry

Allow about 225-350g (8-12oz) of chicken or turkey per person and you won’t go far wrong. Duck and goose have much more fat, so make it about 700-900g (1-1/2 – 2lb) when you’re serving these.

### Fish and shellfish

Allow about 175g (6oz) fish on the bone per serving; and for filleted fish, about 100g (4oz). Whole fish weighed with head and bones will feed two to three per 450g (11b). Shellfish is richer so allow slightly less: for easy calculating, assume that crabs and lobsters will yield about half their weight in meat.

### Pasta and rice

Calculate about 50g (2oz) per person for an accompaniment or side dish; but double the quantity if pasta or rice is the main part of a dish – a risotto or pasta main course, for example.