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calico beans
linda
06/09/13
I'm making calico beans for 250 people and need to know how much to purchase for ingredients
ellen
06/09/13
For a side dish about 8 pounds dry per 100, for a main dish, 12 pounds per 100.

This mix of ground beef and bacon with baked beans, butter beans and kidney beans is usually made with canned beans, but can be made from scratch with dried. Are you doing canned or dry? Write back.

Kim
08/09/13
I am also making calico beans for 250 and need to know how much to make - it will be a side dish, we are using canned beans - I'd like to know how many cans of beans needed along with how much hamb. and bacon? My recipe I have calls for 1 lb bacon, 2 lbs hamb. 1 can ea of pork & beans, kidney beans, lima beans and butter beans and then the dressing is 1/2 c ketchup, 3/4 c. br. sugar 1 tsp mustard and 2 tsp. vinegar - I know this fills a 5 qt crock-pot, but don't know how many it serves.

I would also like to know how much creamy coleslaw I would need to make - I usually use the shredded cabbage mix, so would like to know how much of that to buy?

Thank you for your help!!

ellen
08/09/13
This easily serves 12, and the beans are about equivalent to a #10 can. Usually meat is reduced to 1/3 or 1/2 this amount for a side dish For 25 times the amounts, as a side, but for large side servings, do:

20 #10 can beans, your choice
onions to taste, up to 20 or so
10 pounds bacon
20 pounds burger
3 quarts ketchup or tomato sauce
3 1/2 quarts(about 7 pounds) brown sugar
1/2 cup mustard
1 cup vinegar
some people add crushed pineapple, in juice, #10 can, in which case reduce the sugar by about 1/2.

If you want modest portions, do 3/4 this amount!

Let bake uncovered at 325 to 350 until thickness pleases you- at least 45 minutes. Takes 6 hours in a slow cooker or roaster on low/200.

Make 40-45 pounds shredded cabbage, you want to end up with about 7 gallons of slaw.

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Kim
08/10/13
Ellen - this has helped immensely!!! Thank you sooo much for your help!!!
mary
09/09/13
Hi Ellen. I, too need to make beans for 250 people, but I am a bit confused with your conversion of Kim's recipe. She has indicated that she needs four different cans of beans, which I am assuming is 16ozs each. You stated that the beans in her recipe is equivalent to approx #10 lbs. Is this accurate?
I am interested in following your conversion, but it seems that the beans in Kim's recipe is less than half that amount. Maybe I am misunderstanding
ellen
09/09/13
No a number 10 can is not 10 pounds. A #10 can is about 12 1/2 cups, so 20 is about 240-250 cups, a large serving per person. That is why I suggest doing 3/4 as a side dish. If you get interested, there is a table on this site that shows the amounts held in various can sizes:

www.ellenskitchen.com/pantry/cansize.html

mary
09/10/13
Ahhh....I get it! Thanks for the explanation.
ellen
09/10/13
You're welcome.
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