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How Much Freezer Space Do I Need for a Whole Beef?

When you order a Northern California beef share, it’s important to know how much freezer space you’ll need.

  • The amount of freezer space for your beef can vary depending on factors such as the size of the cuts, packaging, and how many lbs. of beef you’re getting.

Here is the Approximate Freezer Space you will need:

1. 1/8 Cow: Approximately 2 to 3 cubic feet. This size typically includes a variety of cuts that can fit in a smaller freezer, such as a top-mounted freezer refrigerator or a small chest freezer.

2. 1/4 Cow: Approximately 5 to 7 cubic feet. This size provides a wider assortment of cuts and may require a medium-sized chest freezer or a larger compartment in a refrigerator freezer. For reference, a normal kitchen freezer is about 5-6 cubic feet (less if you have an ice maker)

3. 1/2 Cow: Approximately 8 to 10 cubic feet. You will need close to 10 cubic feet of freezer space for a half beef.

4. Whole Cow: Approximately 14 to 18 cubic feet. This size provides the most cuts and requires a large chest freezer or a dedicated freezer unit to accommodate the entire animal.

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