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What size freezer should I get?

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Created August 12, 2011 at 12:51 PM

I am looking at getting a chest freezer. What size freezer should I get? Any other considerations?

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on August 12, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Sounds like we have the same freezer. I really like the upright rather than chest style, and it doesn't take up too much room! Holds our 70+ lbs meat orders plus some cat food just fine. Now the main fridge freezer is freed up for leftovers, ice, and chilling cocktail glasses :)

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I like bone marrow, and bones take alot of space in freezer. And the berries i gather.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on August 12, 2011
at 12:54 PM

Freezers are like harddrives, always too small :)

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on August 12, 2011
at 01:39 PM

I like bone marrow, and bones take alot of space in freezer. And the berries i gather.

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on August 12, 2011
at 01:21 PM

I recently bought an upright 4.8ish cubic foot freezer. I stocked it with 42lbs of beef and it took up just less than half of the space. 20lbs of ground beef fit in the door racks alone. hope that helps

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

(2007)

on August 12, 2011
at 05:09 PM

Sounds like we have the same freezer. I really like the upright rather than chest style, and it doesn't take up too much room! Holds our 70+ lbs meat orders plus some cat food just fine. Now the main fridge freezer is freed up for leftovers, ice, and chilling cocktail glasses :)

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on August 12, 2011
at 02:13 PM

It all depends what your storage needs are, and whether you have the room. I've read from several sources that you should get a freezer about 7.5 square feet if you plan to purchase a quarter cow, which means about 15 square feet for a half cow. A 7.5 square foot freezer isn't too big, but a 15 square foot freezer is enormous for urban dwellers.

If you're not planning to buy meat in bulk like this, a 7.5 or even 5 square foot freezer is adequate for most people's needs. I have a 7.5 square foot freezer and the small conventional freezer atop my fridge, and between a quarter cow, two weeks worth of frozen raw pet food, a box of US Wellness Meats pemmican, and the occasional random meat purchase, I'm about maxed out.

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on August 12, 2011
at 01:01 PM

It depends on how much food you want to store. My beef processor told me a 1/2 steer would need at least 9 cubic feet. If I had the money and space, I would get at least 12 cubic feet in order to store a couple of other critters as well.

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on August 12, 2011
at 01:43 PM

Having a frezzer is great as long as you keep track of what is put in and taken out. Otherwise it could end up costing more then it saves. I have found stuff on the bottom and had to throw out due to it being in too long... I say size would depend on space ..The bigger the size the more room you have to be organized..I have heard a full frezzer stays cooler then one with less. Some say to fill with jugs of water to make frezzer run better ??

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