How Big?


Two of the most frequently asked questions are how big is a quarter of beef and how big of a freezer will I need?

What is a quarter?

A quarter of beef is one-fourth of all the cuts found in the steer. This includes steaks, roasts, lean ground beef (we call it steak burger) as well as soup bones. The entire list is on our website, so I won’t list it here. Every person who orders a quarter gets every cut of beef that is available from that steer.

The weight of the quarter will vary depending on how big the steer was when we take it in for processing. On average, a quarter of beef will produce 90 to 100 pounds of beef.

Yes, that’s a lot of beef! And that’s why we are always asked, “How big of a freezer do I need?”


The type of freezer you purchase is your preference. According to a recent report, a chest freezer is usually more economical. They are well insulated and are very efficient at keeping the food cold. Even during a power outage, as long as the freezer not opened, a chest freezer can keep your food frozen for 2 or 3 days. This, of course, depends on the quality of the frozen food. Typically chest freezers use the least energy to run.

How big of a freezer you purchase will depend on how you plan to use it. Most sources say a cubic foot will hold 15 to 35 pounds. That’s a big range! It might hold 35 pounds if it was all stored in neat little squares – but beef tends to come in different shapes and sizes. We tell people to figure 15 to 20 pounds per cubic foot. This means a quarter of beef – which is 90 to 100 pounds – should fit in a 5 cubic foot freezer.

The price difference between 5, 7, and 10 cu. foot freezers is not that great. You know you will want to put more in that freezer than just the beef, so go with the 7 or 10 cubic foot freezer. From what I hear from our customers, the quarter just fits in a 5 cubic foot freezer.

For more information on our farm, fresh beef be sure to check out our website.

KeiLin Farm, producer farm fresh beef and eggs, is located in Davisburg, Michigan.


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