How to Defrost Your Freezer Quickly
How to Defrost your Freezer in Double-Quick Time
Do you dread defrosting your freezer because it's messy and takes hours, whilst you hang about waiting for it, unable to go out because you need to mop up and worrying about your food unfreezing?
Well, here I'm going to tell you how to defrost your freezer in less than half an hour from start to finish, with the minimum amount of mess and upheaval.
I have a lovely Bosch fridge freezer which I defrost about once a year, whether it needs it or not....and it certainly does! In the end anything flat like frozen smoked salmon gets completely buried in ice, because the ice is higher than the packet.
There is of course a reason why I don't unfreeze frequently - I always intend to use up or at least run down everything in the freezer first.
I must tell you - I recently had a "freezer emergency" myself, and had to transfer everything out of one freezer into another, putting the surplus food into plastic rubbish bags, and, basically, following my own advice, which you'll read below. I managed to complete the job, including totally emptying out the offending fridge, thoroughly cleaning it from top to bottom, and replacing all the food in twenty minutes. Not bad, eh?
If defrosting is something you have been meaning to do, but have never got round to actually doing, it's easy to perform, so you can cross it off your list quickly - Here we go!
Quick Way of Defrosting Your Freezer - Here we go with the defrosting process then:
Don't worry about things melting when you take them out of the freezer - using my method they will stay frozen.
But do choose a cool day, or cooler part of the day, to avoid or inhibit melt-down of your food in the hot weather.
Equipment Needed For Defrosting Your Freezer Quickly
Save Time By Lining It All Up First - and Get Your Stopwatch Out!
Fill a kettle and switch it on to boil. Whilst it is boiling, find:
- a baking tray
- a large saucepan
- a clean absorbent cloth
- Cooler bags and/or a large dustbin bag
- A wooden spatula or wooden spoon
First Things First
Emptying Everything Out
- Switch off your freezer or turn it to zero
- Pile all the contents into the bags(because if there are a lot of frozen packets all next to each other, they retain their frozen state much longer than if spread around the room). Don't shake off any ice from the packets at this stage, as it helps to keep things frozen.
- Pick up any loose bits and pieces of frozen vegetables that are useable and put them all in with your frozen peas or rice.
- Whilst the freezer is completely empty, use the wooden spatula to gently scrape the sides, top and bottom of the freezer, but don't force anything that won't come away, and do not use anything metal for this job, and particularly nothing sharp like a knife, as you might pierce the delicate plastic walls (regrettably I speak from experience, which is why I had to buy a new fridge).
- Remove all the loose ice immediately, chucking it into the baking tray, using the spatula and mopping up anything spare with the cloth.The reason for removing all ice and water immediately is to prevent the freezer staying cold and it avoids big messy puddles
Safety Note: Advice given is in my capacity as a domestic freezer user and not as an expert
I suggest you turn off the freezer before starting, that you are very careful not to scald yourself carrying boiling water and that you take care not to pierce the delicate plastic casing of your freezer, which could enable water to leak inside the works and cause harm to your appliance or you.
Do Not Use Anything Metallic or Sharp for This Job!
Freezers are very delicate and the interior casing could easily get pierced, so take care
Down to the Nitty Gritty of Defrosting Your Freezer Quickly
- Then, after pouring away the ice and water, half-fill the baking tray with the boiling water and place this on the floor of the freezer (this will cover a large area and aid speedy melting).
- Pour the rest of the water into the saucepan and place it on the shelf. If you have lots of shelves, put one saucepan of boiling water on each shelf.
- Close the fridge door until it is just open a crack.
- Leave this for about 5 minutes, and then open the door - the whole interior will be covered in steam - very satisfactory - and most of the ice will be loose or freed from the sides and floor.
- Use the scraper and cloth method (and your fingertips) to prise the rest of the ice away, and remove all the ice and water with the cloth and scraper, as before. You may find it all comes away, but if not, just refill the baking tray with boiling water and put it on the freezer floor again for a few minutes.
- Everything should then be partially melted, and you can wipe over the interior and clean up completely with the cloth . If it is a bit dirty, you can use bicarbonate of soda to wipe it clean, but personally, I don't bother.
Why you must be careful not to pierce the fridge casing - The following website explains about the harmful gases:
- How Does a Refrigerator Work?
It will tell you how a refrigerator works, using thermdynamics - In older refrigerators, there is a tube which is connected to a pump, which is powered by an electric motor. Inside the tube is Freon, a type of gas. Freon is the brand name of the gas.
Your Freezer is Now Defrosted and Clean
All Done in Double Quick Time
- Switch the freezer back on, to its normal setting and use the rapid freeze programme, if it has one.
- Then return all the food neatly to the freezer, after shaking and wiping off any surplus ice.
This whole process shouldn't take longer than twenty minutes to half an hour for a smallish freezer, a little longer if it is big.
Job done! Freezer Defrosted in Under Half an Hour
Was that quick or what?
No defrosting chemicals needed, no puddles of water, no hanging around for two hours waiting for everything to melt and worrying about the food unfreezing.
What Sort of Housekeeper are You? - Saint or Slut? Take the Poll Below!
Do frost and dust and laundry and pet hairs pile up in your home, or do you get them under control before they get out of hand?
I am an occasional housekeeper, somewhere in between. Someone once broke my fridge by not defrosting it whilst they were using my house for three months in my absence, and since then I have kept kept an eye on the ice, and not allowed it to burst forth from doors or seep down the back of the fridge. What about you?
So how do you rate yourself in the housekeeping stakes?
Link to my Kitchen Web Pages
- Recipes my Mother Taught me | Diana's Kitchen
My Mother was an Excellent Cook - Many of the things I cook today were recipes my mother taught me I have made several Recipe web pages,featuring quick and easy recipes with cheap ingredients - you might like to take a look: Beetroot Soup (Borsht) -
- All About Breadfruit - What is Breadfruit, How Breadfruit Grows and How to Prepare Breadfruit
I recently tried breadfruit for the first time, and decided to do a bit of research (as you do), and then tell everyone about it, so there's plenty of information on what it is and how you cook it
- How to Make Oven Baked Tomatoes - Quick and Easy Recipe for Baby Tomatoes
Very easy to do, and very tasty to eat. My son, who used to help in a restaurant, showed me how to do this, and I was well impressed