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Old 10-08-2009, 11:44 AM
Full Metal Lotus Full Metal Lotus is offline
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How big of a freezer for a side of beeef, cut and wrapped?

I just bought a side of beef. It will be delivered cut and wrapped (and frozen), and I need to buy a freezer to put it into. I want a chest freezer, but don't want to get one that is way larger than I need. (I already have a large freezer on my fridge, but it is filled with stuff already).

So what size, in cubic feet, freezer should I buy?

Thanks for fighting my ignorance!

Last edited by Full Metal Lotus; 10-08-2009 at 11:47 AM. Reason: fix typo... oh.. I can not fix the title... darn... could a Mod please help...
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:40 PM
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Hmmm, well, when Lucy did it, she needed a walk-in freezer, but somehow wound up hiding it all in the furnace, where it got cooked when Fred turned it on.

Looks like you'll need roughly five cubic feet according to a couple online butchers:

http://www.rivercrestbeef.com/faqs.asp
http://www.askthemeatman.com/beef_fr...ezing_info.htm
http://pods.dasnr.okstate.edu/docush.../F-3401web.pdf

The general rule of thumb is one cubic foot per 35-40 pounds of cut and wrapped meat, and that a typical side will yield about 200 pounds of cut and wrapped meat.

So, Lucy probably didn't need that big walk-in.
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Hmmm, well, when Lucy did it...
"Well, a side of bacon's about this big..."

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Old 10-08-2009, 02:15 PM
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We squeezed a side into a little apartment-sized job. Any chest freezer will serve you.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:19 PM
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Sorry, shoulda said 7 cu ft will be more than enough.
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