Every week I talk with people who are interested in buying a half-share of pork, but they’re not sure how much freezer space it will use. I picked up this half-share of pork from The Meating Place in Hillsboro recently and thought I’d share some photos to help people visualize the volume. This represents half a hog (hanging weight 93.5 pounds for the half-share).
The meat fit into a 100 quart cooler (the five bags of fat shown on the right fit into a separate box). This is about the same volume as three grocery bags. In terms of freezer space, it’s more than you’ll want to try and cram into your refrigerator freezer. A very small chest freezer (8 cubic feet) will hold all of this easily. If it seems like a lot of meat, it somehow disappears faster than you think. Whenever I open my freezer, I want to take out and start cooking everything. Who says pulled pork isn’t breakfast food?