A good rule of thumb is 1 cubic foot of freezer space for every for every 35 – 40 pounds of packaged meat. A quarter of beef will easily fit into a 5 -7 cubic foot chest freezer. A half needs about 8 cubic feet, and Whole Beef will use at least 16-17 cu.ft. freezer space.
A quarter beef should fit in the freezer compartment of a full size fridge/freezer, but to be on the safe size we would recommend using an upright or chest freezer to store your beef. This will also keep the meat colder and thus will help to keep it fresher.
We are looking into offering 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16 packages to help accomodate those with smaller freezers. These will come as a set number of roasts, ground beef, and steaks. If you are interested in this option please send us an email from the Contact Us form and we will add you to our newsletter to keep you up to date on all the happenings here on the farm and ranch.
Beef will be good for 1+ years in the freezer before you need to worry about it getting old. The colder you keep it, the better.