How Much Freezer Space Do I Need For My Pastured Pork?

Have you been considering one of our boxed pastured pork shares or a custom whole or half, but not sure if you’ll have enough freezer space to store it?

I’ve found myself standing with the freezer door open trying to calculate mentally in my head how much space I have.

Maybe if I move this meat over here, and stuff these veggies in the door, ewww…and that looks like it could be thrown out, I could make more room.

I bet I’d find a lot more room too, if I’d take the time to defrost my freezer.  It’s amazing how quickly the ice seems to build up.

About 33% of us have an additional freezer at home.

But whether you have a top freezer on your fridge or three stashed in the garage, we’ll help you calculate your space.

Here’s a quick little breakdown on how much space you’ll need for our different sized pork shares, and how to measure your freezer.


1/8 ~ 15 lbs
1/4 ~ 35 lbs
1/2 ~ 70 lbs
Whole ~ 140 lbs


1 cu. ft.
2 cu. ft.
3 – 4 cu. ft.
6 – 7 cu. ft.

If you do not know the size of your freezer or how much space you have available, follow the steps below to calculate it.

Don’t get nervous if you don’t like math.  I’ll try to keep this simple.

Now would be a good time to defrost that freezer if you haven’t done it in awhile.

It usually takes less than 24 hours.

We place all our food in coolers and try to keep them in the coolest place of the house.

Unplug the freezer and let it thaw.

Wipe up the extra water with a towel, plug her in, and you’re good to go!

It’s best to let the freezer get back down to temperature before you start refilling it.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the time to defrost your freezer, you can still get a good idea of the space you have.

These steps are on how to measure your empty freezer, but let’s face it.  Unless you defrost your freezer, it’s not going to be empty.

And to be more accurate on the room you have, you’ll wanna leave your food in there and just measure the empty space.

5 Steps to Measure Your Freezer Space






Try to condense all your items into your freezer in as little space as you can or move to the side to take measurements.

Height: Measure inside the freezer from the bottom to the highest point it can be filled without obstructing the lid for a chest freezer, or to the top for an upright freezer.

Or the height of the area you have available.

Width: Measure inside the freezer from one inner wall across to the other. Record the number in feet.

Depth: Measure inside the freezer from the front wall, or door for an upright freezer, to the back inside wall. Record the number in feet.

Multiply the three numbers together. This will give you how many cubic feet you have to fill with pastured pork.

I sure hope that didn’t get your brain spinning in circles.  

I know I have to slow down and read through the steps a couple times slowly to make sure I understand myself.  LOL!

Go check out what Pastured Pork Share might be best for your family!


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