Have you ever been asked how much is a peck of apples? If so, then you might have made a wild guess like everyone else – including me!
That’s why I researched and studied the term “a peck of apples” from every horticultural expert, colleague, historian, farm stand, gardening authority, and encyclopedia that I could find. Here’s what I discovered.
How Much is a Peck of Apples?
- A peck of apples is roughly two gallons of apples. Or two small bags of apples.
- A peck of apples weighs around 10-12 pounds.
- A peck of apples is also 1/4 of a bushel.
- Apples vary greatly in size, but you can expect a peck to contain roughly 30 to 35 medium-sized apples.
More Peck of Apples Facts
- A half peck of apples is around 1 gallon of apples
- A half peck of apples weighs approximately 5-6 lbs.
- A peck is equal to 8 dry quarts
- A peck of is equal to 537.6 cubic inches
Farm stands all over the US measure apples and tomatoes by the peck!
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Some fish markets also measure oysters by the peck. That’s because a peck is a unit of capacity used in British imperial units and US customary units.
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How Much is a Bushel of Apples vs a Peck of Apples?
A bushel of apples is 4 pecks of apples.
Remember that 1 peck of apples is approximately 2 gallons and weighs roughly 10-12 lbs. Therefore, 1 bushel of apples is about 8 gallons and weighs around 40 – 48 lbs. A bushel of apples is a boatload of apples!
A Bushel of Apple Facts:
- 1 bushel of apples = 4 pecks of apples
- 1 bushel of apples = roughly 40 – 48 lbs
- 1 bushel of apples = about 8 gallons
Where Did the Term “a Peck of Apples” Originate?
People have been using the peck as a measurement since the 14th century! Back then, a peck was a measurement for flour. Over time, other dry volume measurements adopted the term.
I’ve read that a peck was also an early measuring unit for a horse’s dry oats. Or an “allowance” of dried oats – intriguing!
How Much Does a Peck of Apples Cost?
If you buy apples in season from an apple orchard, you can find a peck of apples for roughly $10 – $20. A half peck of apples might cost you anywhere from $5 – $10.
But some premium farmers and sellers might charge more – anywhere from $2 or $3 per pound for apples. The premium pricing means that a full peck of apples might cost you up to or around $30. A premium farmer might also charge around $15 for a half peck of apples depending upon where you shop. Or more!
Can You Make an Apple Pie with a Peck of Apples?
Yes! For sure!
If you want to make a massive 10-inch apple pie, you only need roughly 3 pounds of apples. Since a peck of apples is usually around 10-12 pounds, you have enough for two or three apple pies! At least.
Please save some pie for me!
Also, don’t forget to include my favorite apples for a succulent and delicious apple pie.
The Best Apples for Homemade Apple Pie
- Granny Smith
- Newtown Pippin
- Golden Delicious
- Pink Lady
- Northern Spy
- Roxbury Russet
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Add a dash of strawberries to your apple pie for a hint of sweetness and zing. For extra points, try including a few slices of pear!
PS: If you want to make a homemade apple pie that you’ll love, then here’s my favorite apple pie recipe from Old Farmer’s Almanac.
How Long Will A Peck of Apples Stay Fresh?
Apples picked fresh from the orchard last a long time on your kitchen shelf or table. Usually, your apples maintain freshness for at least a few weeks.
If you want to extend the shelf life of your apples, consider chucking them in your fridge. There are a few other smart hacks that can help store your apples.
Apple Storage Hacks
- Store your apples in a cool, dark, and well-ventilated location.
- One bad apple spoils the bunch! Keep your apples separate.
- Pick your apples before they get too ripe.
- Don’t store apples with pierced skin or bruised skin.
- Rotate your stored apples. Eat your oldest ones first!
Another genius apple storage tip is to make apple juice, apple cider, or applesauce. You can freeze either of these for months without second-guessing. You can also dehydrate your apples for long-term storage.
How Many Pecks of Apples Do You Need?
I can never have enough pecks of apples. I love to eat apples for breakfast, lunch, and a snack. I also love homemade apple pie! What about you? Please let me know your favorite way to eat apples in the comments below! Also, let me know if one peck is ever enough?!