How Much Freezer Space Do I Need For Half a Pig?

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You're aware that buying half a pig is a great way to save yourself time and money, and get yourself loads of delicious pork, but how much freezer space do you need? Let's do the maths...

How Much Freezer Space Do I Need For Half a Pig?

One of our most popular products is our Half a Pig Butchers Box. Our customers love them, but unless you've bought one before, it's hard to imagine how much fridge/freezer space you would need to store all that delicious pork. As you can imagine, we get asked this question quite a lot, so it's about time we gave you the answer. Let's do the maths...

Once we have prepared our Half a Pig Butchers Box it fits into a 44cm x 28cm x 21cm space, which means it takes up 25,872 cubic cm (I used a very handy Cubic Centimetre Calculator for this), or just under 26 litres when expressed as a volume. Our standard delivery boxes have a 34 litre capacity, so 26 litres is just a tad over 3/4 of the box, which makes perfect sense to me having packed a lot of them for deliveries.

So, it's safe to say that half a pig has an overall volume of around 26 litres, but what does this mean in terms of the average freezer? Well, it really depends on what sort of freezer you have and how big it is, but lets break it down a bit further.

Stand Up Freezers

The average stand up freezer (according to Euronics) has a 150-300 litre capacity and approximately 6-8 drawers/shelves.

A small stand up freezer with 6 shelves and a 150 litre capacity would have a 25 litre capacity for each drawer/shelf, meaning half a pig would take up one whole drawer/shelf with around 3 litres left over. 

A large stand up freezer with 8 shelves and a 300 litre capacity would have a 37.5 litre capacity for each drawer/shelf, meaning half a pig would take up around 3/4 of one whole drawer/shelf. 

Under Counter Freezers

The average under counter freezer (according to Euronics) has a 50-100 litre capacity and 3-4 drawers/shelves.

A small under counter freezer with 3 drawers/shelves and a 50 litre capacity  would have a 16.66 litre capacity for each drawer/shelf, meaning half a pig would take up the best part of 2 drawers/shelves.

A large under counter freezer with 4 drawers/shelves and a 100 litre capacity would have a 25 litre capacity for each drawer/shelf, meaning half a pig would take up one whole drawer/shelf with around 3 litres left over.

Chest Freezers

According to Euronics, chest freezers can have anything from a 100-500 litre capacity, so even in the smallest chest freezer half a pig would only take up a quarter of the available capacity. Happy days.

Basically, once it's been butchered, half a pig will take up around 2/3 drawers/shelves in the average household freezer. If you've got a chest freezer you're laughing, you can probably fit 2/3 whole pigs in. 

Written by Matt Rhoades

Matt is our full time tea maker/web designer/delivery driver/butcher/accountant/social media man who you'll often find bickering with Dennis. Our MD with a passion for great meat and great customer service. When he's not at work he'll be creating recipes and probably barbecuing something somewhere, or making bacon jam. He loves it!!


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  • Steve Beard

    Is the pork pure ?? IE: it is not injected with any brine or preservatives. When will it be available next ? Is the belly more meat than fat as that is how I like it and I want to dry cure it as they did in the 60’s etc

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