Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday Tip Day---Defrosting Your Freezer....speed it up!


I recently defrosted my upright freezer and did a quick search on the internet for tips. 

 Would you beleive this is the first time I've done this!?!  

One thing I kept coming across was the following suggestion:

Put a pot of boiling water in the freezer and close the door.

Steam is hot and will melt the ice faster than just room temperature. The more boiling water, the faster the ice will melt.
It was recommended that I replace the pot of water every 15-20 minutes.  I followed this recommendation and was disappointed at first.  However, after about 3 pots of boiling water, I began to really see the "work" that was being done!
***Use caution that you do not melt any plastic in the freezer if the pot is too hot.

After about 4 hours, I was ready to restock!

It's pretty amazing how much more room there is without all the ice build-up!


Christy said...

I have an upright that needs some defrosting! yours looks great after you were done.

Noelle said...

Thanks, Christy! I had been putting it off for a long time and it feels so great to have it DONE!

Becky said...

I've always used pitchers and/or dish pans of hot tap water to speed up the defrosting process. I put a couple on each shelf and a towel at the bottom to catch the drips, and I don't have to worry about melting any plastic from boiling water. It really does work. (And guess what needs to go on my to-do list?!)

Mom2fur said...

Your freezer looks great! I have a chest type, but if I ever get another freezer I think I'll go for the kind like you have. Having to 'excavate' through the jars of homemade broth, the ice cream and the vegetables to get to the chicken is annoying, LOL!