Comments on: Tomatoes- Sizing Just another WordPress site Wed, 17 Feb 2021 08:57:21 +0000 hourly 1 By: Nico Wed, 17 Feb 2021 08:57:21 +0000 Tomatoes no looka no good,
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By: Teri Thu, 15 Dec 2016 22:10:25 +0000 Do you know where I can buy a belt to make a tomato grader?
I mean a grader table to size tomatoes.

By: tyawman Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:57:58 +0000 Kanti, thanks for your question. The sizes for tomatoes are all based on minimum and maximum diameters, not by weight. But many tomato packing houses may actually weigh tomatoes, and based on their own calculations they determine which size the tomato shall be packed, depending on the weight of their own tomatoes. Regardless, the tomatoes still must meet the minimum/maximum size diameter designations established by the industry. To summarize, there are no industry standards for the minimum/maximum weights of tomatoes, for their size.

By: kanti Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:06:47 +0000 Your presentaion is quite thorough however I don’t know how the size relates to the weight of tomatoes.

For example, what is the weight of a single tomato sized as 5×6/

By: tyawman Thu, 24 Dec 2009 14:00:28 +0000 Thank you for your question. I am sorry to say I do not have a presentation explaining the proper procedure for sizing tomatoes as I rely on demonstrations during grading exercises to train the participants.

When sizing the tomatoes you have to first determine which sizer you should be using. If the cartons are marked to numerical sizes (6×6 or 5×6) you would use the Florida sizer. If the cartons are marked with size designations (medium, large, etc.) you would use the USDA sizer.

To use the sizer, let’s say the cartons are marked as 6×6. Using the Florida sizer for 6×6 you will notice two holes, one for measuring the minimum diameter and one for measuring the maximum diameter.
In other words for a tomato to be designated as a 6×6 it must not pass through the small hole, but it must pass through the large hole.

When measuring for the minimum diameter the tomato must be held with the stem up; and if it falls through the hole it is too small, or undersize. When measuring a tomato for the maximum size you are allowed to roll the tomato around to see if it passes through the larger hole in any direction. If the tomato is too large and does not pass through the opening it is considered oversize.

I hope I was able to answer your question. Let me know if I can be of further help.

By: Jaime E. Marrero Wed, 23 Dec 2009 23:50:26 +0000 Greetings,

I purchased both sizers, but I’m not sure how to use it. Do you know of a presentation (Youtube or PowerPoint) that explain how to use them?