If you buy potatoes in the village or on the market in the villagers, it is usually necessary to measure the goods are not kilograms, as accustomed to the townspeople, buying this product in the supermarket, but buckets or even bags. In the countryside of the middle strip of Russia, potatoes in kilograms have never measured. It so happened that the yield of this culture on the specified territory is quite high, so the seller is better to add a little to the bucket “with a slide” than to measure the weight of the goods on the scales.
However, such purchase does not always turn out to be a city owner. To avoid unnecessary conversations, which, by the way, can seriously offend the seller, it is better to know in advance how many kilograms of potatoes can fit in a certain amount.
This will make it quite easy to translate buckets per kilograms and back without unnecessary discussions.
How many potatoes weigh in different buckets?
If you need to buy potatoes in the market or in the village, it must be borne in mind that buckets are different: plastic, enameled, galvanized. When weighing with a bucket will have to take into account the weight difference. So, Weighing in an enameled or galvanized standard bucket, you can get the weight of potatoes with the package for 2 kilograms more. If you use a plastic bucket, the difference can be different.
That is why in rural areas and it is customary to measure potatoes in conditional buckets, generalized, despite the material from which this container is made. Buckets are made to distinguish only by volume. If we proceed from the fact that 1 liter of water weighs 1 kg, it is easy to calculate the weight of water, for example, in a container of 10 liters – right, it will be 10 kilograms. But everything is wrong with potatoes, the space between the tubers is filled with air, and the weight does not have.
Thus, an average 10-liter potato bucket will be less than 10 kg.
Perennial folk experiments and calculations of specialists showed that in such a volume it is placed about 6.5 kg of large tubers and about 7.5 kg of small. At the same time, the bucket should be with a small “slide”.
In a large bucket of 12 liters, 10 kg of fine potatoes can fit and about 9 kg of large. Sometimes it is necessary to buy quite a bit of potatoes, in this case you can choose potatoes in a 5-liter bucket. It will be about 3 kg if the tubers are small, it may be 3.5.
Calculate the weight of potatoes, for example, in 3 buckets, it is possible based on the volume of the buckets and the size of the tuber. If you need to purchase potatoes for the whole winter, with a laying in the cellar, you can talk about 10, 15, 20 or 30 buckets. But then, most likely, you will have to resort to another unit of measurement – bags.
How to calculate?
The most correct way to determine the weight of potatoes will be a strict scientific calculation: to dial tubers in a bucket, and then weigh each potatoes separately, folding the result. In this case, the errors cannot be. Yes, and gaining 1 kg, you can put the tubers on the scales until the search will be achieved. Excellent method, and now imagine all this in the village or on the market, when you measure, for example, 20 or 30 kilograms. And the potatoes are not peas, and still have to take either more or less weighing.
So you have to resort to tested years of measurement units: in buckets and bags.
Potato weight is due to several factors. Freshly bounted, as a rule, heavier to be kept in the cellar for several months, especially this happens noticeably with violations of storage conditions, when potatoes loses moisture. The greatest discrepancy happens at the so-called last year’s potato, which has broken in the cellar of about a year. So, weight loss may be associated with germination, the sprouts can be removed, however the mass of the tuber can decrease half.
Such tubers are easy to distinguish on a wrinkled peel. Potato weight is also associated with the size of the tuber. Bucket of shallow potatoes are heavier the same filled with large tubers. Everything is simple here, between small potatoes fewer air. Another factor can be a form of tubers. Middle-sized oblong tubers are more close.
Take into account all these characteristics when buying is hardly possible, and the seller, most likely, with difficulty represents the difference in weight between round and oblong potato, especially since two identical tubers simply does not exist.