Drained weight

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Nominal weight, drained weight and, in a square box, full volume on a pickle jar

In everyday parlance, the term drained weight refers to the mass of solid food that has been weighed according to specified standards .

In the case of canned food and packaging in which a solid food is in infusion liquid (water, aqueous salt solutions, brine, edible acid in aqueous solution, vinegar, aqueous sugar solutions, aqueous solutions of other sweeteners or sweeteners, fruit or vegetable juices for fruit and vegetables; see § 11 sentence 2 prepackaging ordinance ) stores, for example feta in brine or sausages in brine , the drained weight must be specified in addition to the total filling quantity. In the case of a product that is soaked in oil, the weight of the oil is included in the total filling quantity.


The drained weight is the weight that remains after the infusion liquid has been poured off.

Example: A glass of pickled mushrooms with a capacity of 320 g. The drained weight is given as 200 g on the label. After pouring, 200 g remain in the glass, i.e. the weight of the mushrooms without liquid. This weight must also be used for the nutritional information, not the total filling quantity.

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