It’s almost time! We’re scheduled to go to the butcher’s on December 7th. This means two very important things:
- ) If you placed an order, you need to make sure you have a big enough freezer for all that beef!
- ) Believe it or not, we still have a VERY small amount left so it’s not too late to put in your order, but you better do it quickly. By quickly I mean, like, this week 🙂
So let’s revisit what size freezer you need. We recommend the following:
- Whole order: 15 cubic feet
- Half Order: 7.5 cubic feet
- Quarter Order: 5 cubic feet
These are approximate sizes. Typically, most people seem to agree, but this can fluctuate based on the final size of your order. Also keep in mind that once you have this extra freezer you may want to store other items in it! So a little extra room might not be a bad thing.
What to look for:
This is obviously a personal choice but nowadays there are tons of cool features (pun not intended) you can get. Frost-free is a good option as it will prevent frost buildup: an important step in avoiding freezer burn. There are even some with locks to keep it child-proof or away from any nosy, hungry individuals.
Energy efficient, LED lit, adjustable temperature dials…There’s something for everyone. A good place to start is simply what style do you want? An upright freezer will function much like a refrigerator you’re used to, with a few shelves, possible door space, and a swing door. A chest freezer is like a treasure chest. The lid opens from the top to reveal something better than gold…
There are a few differences between these two, mostly being space related. An upright has more organization abilities with it’s shelves, takes up less room itself, and is easier to get things out of. I’ve also read, though, that they don’t last as long as your average chest freezer and aren’t as energy-efficient. A chest freezer is typically deeper, making it a lot easier to store large, whole items. However, it also means you may be searching around a bit more for what you need and you may have to reach farther to get items from the bottom.
Either way, these are both better options than a regular refrigerator freezer because there is enough space and it won’t be opened nearly as much, keeping that cold air from escaping and food spoiling quicker.
Where do you buy your freezer?
Luckily, you can find these things everywhere. Every major appliance store carries them. You can even find a small selection at wholesale stores like Sam’s Club or Costco! You may also get lucky on Craigslist, Facebook Market, Letgo, and other secondhand websites/apps. Just keep in mind you may be getting what you pay for.
Lastly, the price:
A 5-6 cubic foot freezer can cost anywhere from $100 to about $250, 7-8 cubic feet is around $250 to $500, and anything from 9-16 cubic feet could be anywhere from $500 to $800. Of course, this all varies between what kind and other specs.
Comment below or fill out the contact form if you have ANY questions at all about freezers and storing beef!