I'm drawing up meat orders and don't want to order more than I can take! Here is my model. I'm loving it so far :)
This beef seller has a great little tool on their website for figuring freezer space. It also has a great little tool for figuring out how much to buy!
Wow, my wife and I literally JUST bought that exact freezer to handle an overflow of meat after the cow I got from a farmer was just a little bit bigger than I expected. Actually, it was probably 75lbs bigger than expected. AND my fridge/freezer combo died the morning I was scheduled to go to the farm to get the cow.
That was a fun day.
Anyway, I was able to get a 550lb+ hanging weight cow into a 14cu. ft standing freezer with the GE 5 cu. ft chest freezer as emergency overflow, and with a normal above the fridge freezer for the last box of roasts. One key warning here is that the shape of the cuts you're ordering will make a difference in how much you can pack in there - the rules of thumb I've seen on various hunting websites about how many lbs of whatever will fit don't always work. My 2lb tubes of ground beef were pretty volume efficient, but the roasts I piled in after making a dent in the ground beef pile are not. I'd hazard a guess and say that I have about 50-75lbs of beef in there, not counting the bones I put in the bottom section. I'll get a picture and a more accurate count when I get home.
I have the same freezer and got 1/4 beef in it. It also might depend on what cuts you get. I had to put a little in my refrigerator freezer. I really like that little freezer. Edited to add: It would also depend upon how large the animal is. Ours weighed about 1300 lbs. before butchering.
is to be believed, then beef is about 950 kg / m^3 ~= 59 lbs / ft^3, so your max capacity should be around 59 * 5 ~= 295 lbs.
That's just a ballpark figure, though. Bone-in beef is going to have a different density (not sure if it's gonna be higher or lower) than ground beef, and you aren't going to be able to pack every cubic inch of your freezer; some space is inherently going to be wasted.
I bought a quarter cow once and had the same problem. I called the CSA people who said the meat was transported in coolers so I asked how many coolers and what were the cooler's dimensions. From that I was able to make an educated guess that I had the room.
cubic feet? argh wish you guys would speak English! ;-) anyway based on those freezers an The Home depot website as a kid my family in NZ had a 20ft³ chest freezer as did just about everyone else I knew, one that big was standard only little old ladies living alone had a 5ft³ one. Funny how your perspective changes after living in Japan where secondary freezers are rather rare. even a 5ft³ cheest freezer looks big!
So as a kid my family lived in.. I guess what you could call exurban, we rented two paddocks behind our house from the landowner. Our neighbors had a chicken coup there we used to buy cheap eggs of them, and we raised 1-2 cattle at a time for consumption. I gave them names - Ponch, Baker, Daisy, Boss Hogg, BJ ( can you guess the era :-)) they used to get put into a horse float and taken to the 'works' (slaughterhouse) and then came back to our freezer. I was only little and didn't initially put two and two together I thought they were going to a bigger farm to be with more friends! ignorance is bliss
IIRC one slaughtered cow took up a good chunk of the large freezer, half a cow left lots of room for frozen veggies and two litre 'tip top' brand ice cream tubs. So I will give you 1/4 of cow worths of space for 5ft³ which seems to fit what everyone else has generally conferred.
Another visual: how much freezer space is does a quarter beef take?
I was able to fit a quarter cow in mine last fall no problem. Still have a little beef. Added half a pig a couple months ago. Also keep extra stuff for my German Shepard, which makes it a little tight at times.
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