How Much Freezer Space Do I Need For Half A Cow?

Putting up a half a cow to increase your preps for a food shortage is an excellent idea and may also be a huge cost saver with our frequently increasing grocery prices. But, you must have a way to safely store all of that beef or risk losing the survival food investment. A refrigerator freezer will not offer nearly enough space to keep the meat from half a cow, you will need ample deep freeze space to properly store all those steaks, roasts, and hamburgers.

The typical rule of thumb when storing packaged meat is that you need one cubic foot of freezer space for every 35 to 40 pounds of beef from the half a cow you butchered or purchased already processed.

A half a cow will require a deep freeze that offers a minimum of 8 cubic feet of freezer space. I recommend setting aside 10 cubic feet of freezer space for a half a cow, just to be on the safe side.

How long does half a cow last in the freezer?

There are multiple schools of thought on how long beef (or any type of meat, really) will last and be safe for human consumption when properly stored in a freezer. Depending upon the size of your family, it could take quite a while to eat the half a cow that is on ice in the freezer. Hence, why so many folks wonder if frozen beef is still safe to eat after two years - or even after five years.

Freezer burn occurs when moisture is lost for too long from frozen food. When beef is left frozen for too long ice crystals will form on the surface. The beef will also often shrivel and become discolored. To help prevent freezer burn and the loss of quality beef from your half a cow, do not overly stuff your freezer and make sure all meat is wrapped tightly and there are no rips in the packaging. .