Defrosting Your Freezer Properly

TracyAnn By TracyAnn, 9th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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When the ice inside your freezer gets to be between 3/8 and 1/2 inch thick, it's time to defrost your freezer.

On Defrosting Day

Depending on your local climate, how often you open the door and how often you scrape ice off the sides as it forms, you'll need to defrost your freezer at least once a year and possibly twice.

If you have seasons to choose from, defrost in the dead of winter, when you can leave the food in the ice outside while you chip away at the ice inside of your freezer. Bury the food in the snow, out of reach of the winter sun. Or, follow the boom-and-bust harvest cycle and defrost in spring when your food stocks are at low ebb.

The day before you plan to defrost, turn the freezer temperature down to give the food an extra shot of cold to help it through the next day's dislocation. On Defrosting Day, pull the plug. Pack the food into picnic coolers, put it in the fridge if there's space, or line boxes with newspaper, add the food and cover it with blankets.

Scrape the frost, but not the finish, using a wooden or plastic implement. Add pans of hot water to speed thawing. Or set up a big electric fan on a card table in front of the freezer. If you're really in a hurry, add an electric heater behind the fan.

When the ice is gone, wipe out the freezer with a wet cloth sprinkled with baking soda. Rinse it well. Dry it thoroughly with a towel, let it air dry for a few minutes, then plug it in again. Run it for ten minutes or so, then retrieve the food and pile it all back in.
Congratulate yourself on a job well done.


Defrosting, Freeze, Freeze Drying, Freezer, Freezer Basics, Refrigerate, Refrigeration, Refrigerator

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author avatar Retired
9th Jul 2011 (#)

Excellent information...thanks for sharing.....

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author avatar Denise O
10th Jul 2011 (#)

Darn good information on defrosting your refrigerator. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
12th Jul 2011 (#)

Valuable and useful tips,TracyAnn...Thank you for sharing this...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Nov 2014 (#)

Thanks for the reminding - have to check now - siva

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