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Old 11/17/10, 10:01 PM
JWK JWK is offline
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Location: central New York
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Need quick answer - lbs. of meat per cu. inch in freezer

One of my farmer co-workers just called me today and said a steer they had butchered is ready to be cut tomorrow. Someone backed out of a lot of it and I can buy as much as I want for a really good price. I have to tell him in the morning how many lbs. I want and what cuts.

Soooooo, I want to get as much as I can without buying another freezer. The chest freezer I have is only 7 cubic feet. Anyone have any idea how many lbs. of roasts and steaks fit in a chest freezer by cubic foot? I took a quick look at Lowe's this evening and they have 7, 9 and 15 cubic feet freezers. How much freezer do you need for 100 lbs.? 200? More? Some of you butcher cows and steers. Someone must have a ballpark idea.

Side question: It's coming on winter and I've read that it's not good to keep your freezer out in the barn. I can't remember why. If I bought a freezer I would pretty much have to move it out there.

Thanks for any info.
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Old 11/17/10, 10:39 PM
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"A rule of thumb is one cubic foot of freezer space for each 35-40 pounds of cut and wrapped meat. Allow slightly more space when the meat is packaged in odd shapes."

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Old 11/17/10, 10:53 PM
JWK JWK is offline
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Thanks! I found out about the freezer in the barn. Not happening...
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Old 11/18/10, 12:00 AM
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Is is a manual defrost or a frost free. I thought it was only the frost free you could not have in a carport, barn etc... because of burning out the motor.
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