Monday, December 05, 2005

Freezer Defrosting - Do's & Dont's

A few useful tips on defrosting a freezer that I thought I'd share from practical experience this weekend. I hope that this help someone somewhere.

  • Do: Make sure that you have a lot of absorbant paper. Newspaper works but kitchen roll works a lot better. You'll need more than you think.

  • Dont: Start at midnight on Friday.

  • Do: Ensure that you have space in your fridge to put your frozen items.

  • Dont: Think that it'll be all over in an hour.

  • Do: Use a hairdryer to speed up the defrosting process.

  • Dont: Pour boiling water into the freezer to help with the defrosting process. It will only make a mess.

  • Do: Use your microwave to heat items to put into the freezer to speed up the defrosting process.

  • Dont: Use containers of boiling water to speed up the process. They tip over and make a mess.

  • Do: Break up and remove as much ice as possible before it melts.

  • Dont: Try to be clever and put newspaper in the freezer to absorb the water as the ice melts. Newspaper print is near impossible to remove from the plastic in the freezer.

  • Do: Make yourself as comfortable as possible.

  • Dont: Leave the freezer and come back in ten minutes, there will be a huge mess when you do.

  • Do: Defrost your freezer as soon as it looks like it needs to be done. It will be quicker to defrost.

  • Dont: Leave it until it gets so bad that you can't close the freezer door and end up starting at midnight on a Friday evening.

9 Comments:

Blogger Andy said...

Normally, I'd point and laugh, like Nelson on the Simpsons (the very personification of Schadenfreude, ha-ha!), at your misfortune - but I didn't even do something as interesting as defrosting my freezer this weekend. :-(

5/12/05 11:50  
Blogger Sam said...

Ditto.

Any update on the Getting Jon A New SLR ad campaign?

6/12/05 11:29  
Blogger Jon said...

Well it was all going swimmingly for a few days. There were a few high(ish) paying adverts on the blog and a few people clicked on them.

For the last week or so it has been pretty piss poor. A fair few clicks but sometimes no money for the clicks, sometimes a few pennies.

I suppose I could write content designed to try to get higher paying adverts, but that seems a little bit too much like hard work. I'd have to find out what was likely to pay highly, etc. Also this is my blog, and I'll write about what I'm thinking; if what I'm thinking about coincides with high paying adverts, cool, if not, too bad.

I'm going to keep at it for at least another month and see how it pans out.

6/12/05 11:35  
Blogger MazzieB said...

Ok fool - stay out of the kitchen !
It takes 2 pots with boiling water and a sponge to defrost a freezer in an hour. The pots will melt the ice they're standing on first - you then mop the water up with a sponge. Repeat action several times. Meanwhile the ice on top and on the sides would have come loose, just shift it with a wooden spoon. Keep your frozen food in the fridge for this and hey presto - you can just put it back in a spanking new and clean freezer. I did this last week and managed to clean the bathroom during de-icing as well. Questions ? Hehehehe...

24/2/06 16:06  
Blogger Jon said...

Well I can see how a well thought out plan would make defrosting the freezer easier, however this was any emergency defrosting.

That said it was only an emergency because it was long overdue.

I will try this technique the next time I defrost a freezer. It seems reasonable, especially if there isn't so much ice that the freezer door wont close as there was this time.

25/2/06 10:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DONT use a hammer and chisel to break off tough chunks of ice....I've just discovered the freezer is no longer working, possibly due to the hole I put put in it with said chisel....

23/9/07 11:44  
Blogger cindy said...

Thank you to all of you... I got my freezer done in little more than an hour. From all of the research I did to help with this little dilema of mine yours was the best & most effective. Thanks for your posts!

6/8/10 17:55  
Blogger hello :-) said...

I am too inpatient to leave the pans of water. . . I'm the mess maker that throws/tips water in all directions in the freezer. Takes about 20 minutes to get it done, food back in quicker, and about 10 minutes clean up after ward :)

12/12/16 11:44  
Blogger MDGirl77 said...

Thanks MazzieB for the chuckle and the great tips.

10/6/17 12:37  

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