Defrosting time

We can't put it off any longer. The freezer door won't shut properly so it's time to defrost the darn thing.

I hate this job. Finding a place in the small freezer section of our 'fridge to put the fish and meat; wrapping up the veg, bread and other stuff in newspaper and freezer blocks and stuffing it all into a cool bag to squeeze into the fridge along with everything else.  Then the impatient wait for all that ice to melt, helped along by bowls of hot water. Newspaper and towels in the floor to soak up the melt water.

I have heard that you can buy self defrosting freezers these days. Perhaps when our ancient model finally gives up the ghost we may invest in one.

Until then, we just have to put up with this messy job once a year.


9 comments:

  1. Do you use a hair dryer to speed up the melting process?
    We have a self-defrosting freezer but it has never self-defrosted.

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    1. P did suggest a hairdryer but resorted to copious amounts of hot water and a plastic spatula instead.

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  2. I defrost twice a year - there isn;t so much ice. I put a bowl of very hot water inside. switch off the freezer and close the door. About every quarter of an hour I empty the bowl and refil it with hot water again. It doesn't take all that long that way. I did read somewhere that if you let your freezer get really iced up it does cost more to run.

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  3. I have a self-defrosting freezer and it's marvellous. Before that I used to do the same as Weaver.

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  4. For the last 12 years, since I moved into my partner Pete's house, I have dealt with his horrible freezer. Other than that, every freezer I've ever had in my adult life was self-defrosting. I didn't know anyone had non-self-defrosting freezers anymore! I guess I was really spoiled. He is of the belief that we shouldn't get a new refrigerator/freezer until this one is broken, but your description sounds like exactly what I go through - especially trying desperately to fit one more thing into the freezer without something else falling out on my toes.

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  5. I know just how you feel!! Our freezer has iced up but I can still squeeze/shove in a packet or two so I'm putting it off.! Horrid job. Our fridge is 35 years old, definitely old school but its still working!!!

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  6. The last time it iced up so much that P tried to force one of the drop down flaps closed and snapped off the hinge so that now it always drops out whenever I use that compartment. We really should defrost it more often but keep putting it off until it gets really bad.

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  7. I have a supposedly frost free freezer - it's a lie! I have to defrost it and like you I hate it.
    xx

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    1. As ours is still going strong after 30 years we shall not be replacing it just yet.

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