How to Calculate Sandwich Meat for Catering

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How to Calculate Sandwich Meat for Catering
Calculating how much sandwich meat is needed to cater an event is simple once you know how. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

If you are planning to have an affair for many people and considering severing sandwiches, you will need to calculate the correct amount of meat to satisfy everyone's appetite. Judging how much sandwich meat to serve can be tricky if you don't know the correct calculations. Not having enough sandwich meat for everyone can leave you with grumpy guests. Purchasing a little extra meat will ensure that everyone is fed and happy.

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  1. 1

    Determine how many people will be attending the affair.

  2. 2

    Consider the recommended dietary allowance of meat per person is 85.1gr. for adults. Many restaurants serve 170gr. portions. Consider how many side dishes will accompany the sandwiches. If there are many side dishes from which to choose, 85.1gr. to 113gr. of meat per person is adequate.

  3. 3

    Multiply the portion size by the number of people attending. Example: 113gr. x 50 people = 5670gr. of meat. Divide that by the number of ounces in a pound; 5670gr. divided by 454gr. (0.454kg.) = 5.67kg. of meat.

  4. 4

    Plan to purchase a few pounds of meat above the calculated amount. Some guests will eat more than one sandwich. It is better to have extra than not have enough meat for everyone.

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