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4 years 6 weeks ago, 5:02 PM

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How big of a freezer

How big a freezer do you need for 650lb of beef? I have bought a 1000lb steer and will have it processed soon. It should yield around 650lb of meat but I have no idea how many cubic feet of freezer space I might need. Anybody got any idea?
I guess I been off the farm too long.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 7:18 PM

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I can get around 240 lbs into my 13.3 cubic ft.freezer,i used to get a 1/4beef every year from my neighbor,limousine beef,bred for their meat yummi.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 8:45 PM

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did you run into a Cow? lol

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 8:58 PM

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Rule of thumb

One cubic foot of freezer space for each 35-40 pounds of cut and wrapped meat. If the meat is packaged in odd shapes, allow for a little more.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 9:45 PM

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that works out to roughly 16-19 cubic feet of freezer space. If it were me, I would look at getting either one of the large chest type deep freezers or the largest upright I could locate. If I can't find one over 20 cubic feet, then I would try to get two of the small to medium chest types. I guess it comes down to how much space you have available to put your freezer(s) in and what else you plan to store in there.

What kind of steer did you buy? I know there are a lot of people raising angus cattle and some raising herefords. Not sure about charlait (not sure about the spelling it is pronounced Char-lay) or limosine. Those are the breeds that I'm most familiar with as being noted for their beef. I know that I like angus beef, and I have heard that the limosine produce a lot of good, lean beef too.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 10:16 PM

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Yeah, I agree. If it's for storing bulk meat, the chest freezer's the best bet.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 9:50 PM

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He was a meat cutter for many years up in Maine. He would store meat for customers and make the cuts they wanted when they wanted. If there is a Meat Counter near where your located you could store some there and what you have room for in a chest which will fit where you can fit it.

Just don't call the Meat Cutter a Butcher to his face, lol, some take it personal...

Dad would sell a half beef and have a sheet that worked out what cuts and the number of each you would get and they would keep track that way, two signatures each visit to pick up.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 3:48 PM

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Vaq my 2 cents.

When you figure out which one you want go the next size bigger. I would get the biggest chest freezer you can find. In case of power outages the cheest style keep their temps better than up rights. If you go the chest freezer route I would build yourself some dividers for your different cuts.I.E. burger, steats, roasts, chicken, fish,etc... I made the mistake once not to seperate my meat and it made for some frustraiting times digging through it trying to find what I wanted. Being organized also keeps the power bill down by not having to dig.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 7:01 PM

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Thanks guys

I can work with what yall gave me.
Good evening folks.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 8:05 PM

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yeah Vaq

on the freezer thing,up here freezers are required to be on a dedicated 20 amp circuit,i have lost 2 freezers full of meat from power outages to that circuit before i got a dedicated circuit. i have an alarm if it does trip out,last one cost me the rest of my pheasant,Bear,and Elk along with the beef,what a pain in the hindend that is.

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4 years 6 weeks ago, 3:35 PM

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What did you name the steer.......Years ago I named mine Ribeye! Man Was he good eating!!

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4 years 5 weeks ago, 2:16 PM

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Freezer

I have a 21 cu ft upright. Works for me. Chest types do stay cold longer w/o power though. I use a small generator to power the refrig, fan on the woodburner, & freezer.

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4 years 5 weeks ago, 9:21 AM

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use to date a COW wanted to put her in a deep freeze but could not buy one big enough to put her in!!!! sent back to grazes !!!!

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