A rule of thumb is one cubic foot of freezer space for every 35-40 pounds of cut and wrapped meat. Allow slightly more space when the meat is packaged in odd shapes. Below are some general guidelines about how much space you may need to plan for when buying a whole cow:
A quarter beef will take up approximately 3.5 cubic feet, meaning that (with some planning) it can fit into most residential freezers.
How Much Beef Is a Quarter Beef?
A quarter beef will equal approximately 110 pounds of meat, and depending on your processing choices, 5%-50% of that will be ground beef, and the other part will be primal cuts (steaks, roasts, ribs, etc.).
How Many People Does a Quarter Beef Feed?
A quarter beef should feed one person for a year. The average adult meat-eater can eat a 1/2-3/4lb serving of meat in a sitting, 2-3 times a week. Remember you may have some friends and family to entertain throughout the year also.
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