I'm getting ready to defrost my upright freezer. In the past I've
boiled several pots of water and placed them in the freezer for approx.
10 minutes then reboiled the water again while loosening and scraping
the ice. Does anyone have an easier or faster way. I've seen those
little electrical devices and sprays that supposedly make it easier,
but don't really want to waste money on something that may not work.
It seems like this would also be a good way to introduce contaminants into
your freezer -- possibly later destroyed by the freezing action, but I think
it would be better not to risk it. Leaf blowers can pick up all sorts of
problematic items, such as insecticides, fertilizer, etc.
In addition to the boiling water, a small fan sitting on a chair and
blowing into the freezer helps speed things up. Besides circulating
the heat from the boiling water, it also keeps a steady stream of room
temperature air moving across the ice. A box fan is perfect if you
Just pull the plug on it. When the bigger chunks fall off the sides, throw
them in the sink. Spray the inside with Fabuloso, 409, or whatever you
like. Take a few bath towels to mop up the excess water. That is certainly
the easiest way. I think by trying to speed things up and make it faster,
you create more work for yourself. Jane
I always put metal pans of boiling water into the freezer after I unplug it.
Between that and the open door, the freezer defrosts very quickly.
Warning -- You should put a dishpan or something on the top shelf underneath
the freezer, so ice won't go all over your floor.
I had one of those little electrical devices that you asked about, and it
was very effective. When it finally "expired," I tried a hair dryer. It
works almost as well, although you have to stand by and hold it (unlike the
When I used to defrost a freezer, I would simply empty it, blast it with
a hair dryer (on an extension cord) and the ice would just separate from
the freezer's walls in chunks. The whole process would take about half
an hour, including emptying it.
If you are in a hurry, don't have a hair dryer or hot air gun, why not
try an electric skillet. I'd put it on low and make sure it was
plugged into a GFCI plug.
Now, pardon my ignorance, while I have defrosted many a freezer at
different jobs, why would a person buy one? Are they cheaper? I
really didn't know they still made them. Are there other reasons to
get a non-frost free freezer? Just curious.
Yes, there is a reason to use a non-frost free freezer, but I ignored that
when I bought my last one because it is just too much work to empty the
freezer, get rid of the ice, and reload. The primary reason (aside from
cost) is that food will last longer in the non-frost free type. I believe
it has something to do with air circulation in frost free freezers. That
is, they have more of a drying effect on food.
I don't have an answer but do have a question. I have been seriously
thinking about buying a small freezer and it would not be frost free.
My question is .... when you defrost it does it have a place to attach
a hose so that the water can be drained out through a hose to the
outside? I would have to put it in the eatin kitchen which is next to
laundry room and garage .... don't have room in laundry room and god
forbid I take up space in husband's garage with "neccessary" tools etc.
That's something you check before you buy because they are not all made
alike. My last freezer had a small hole on the front, and I could never
figure any way to attach a hose without leaking. I ended up placing papers
under the freezer and then alternating pans to catch the water. It was
*very* awkward because the hole was so close to the ground (for drainage
purposes, of course) that I could only slip a very narrow pie pan under it.
That would only hold a small amount of water, so I did as much as possible
to lift ice out and kept a mop on hand to mop up water from the *inside* of
the freezer. It was a chest type, so that was hard on the back. The
freezer my mother had years ago did have a drainage hole with an extension
for connecting a hose. That helped a lot. I now have an upright frost-free
freezer -- maybe not the most efficient, but *much* easier to locate things
than a chest freezer, and no more struggling with cleanup.
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