We emptied our little chest freezer before the New Year in preparation for defrosting it. It was time. We had never defrosted it and we'd had it for three or four years. The preparations took several weeks, but the defrosting itself took only a few hours and was finished this past weekend.
Here are a few tips for your own potential defrosting project, and an inspiring photo of our newly frost-free appliance in its natural environment.
To the left of the freezer lid is the beautiful green floral knit bag I made out of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. It's stuffed with plastic shopping bags to carry a change of clothes for my daughter, to use instead of bubble wrap when sending mail, or to take with me to the Farmer's Market.
10 Tips for Defrosting your Freezer
1. Put towels down as soon as you turn the freezer off, even if you haven't taken the plug out to let it drain. Frost builds up everywhere, and will leak freely when melted.
2. Put towels down even if you are running tubing from the freezer to drain the frost---and not just around the hose, but behind the freezer and to the sides as well. (see above)
3. Pay attention to the way the drain plug comes out of the bottom of the freezer. We replaced ours handle side down and had to use a vacuum cleaner to suck it back out.
4. If you accidentally replace your plug handle side down and decide to try vacuuming it out, be sure to use an attachment such as the crevice tool which is smaller than the plug. Just saying.
5. If things like stickers and twist ties have fallen off your frozen products and made their way to the bottom of the freezer, do not, I repeat, do NOT climb in after them. Do not accept your 13-year-old son's offer to hold you by your feet while you gather them and do not by any means allow him to shut the lid with you inside.
6. I do, however, encourage you to bribe the aforementioned son with ice cream in exchange for wiping out the freezer.
7. If the instructions say to attach a garden hose to the drain, be aware that they probably don't mean an actual garden hose. A 1/2" garden hose will not fit a 1/2" drainage spout. They probably mean to use clear vinyl tubing (available at your local hardware store).
8. Ask for help when you go to the local hardware store for vinyl tubing, and hope you get a young guy who doesn't know about defrosting freezers but is earnest about helping to set you up with exactly what you need. It will lighten your mood, and eventually he'll drag in an old-timer who's willing to provide the items you request.
9. Did I mention to use towels?
10. Be sure to admire your work. It helps if there's ice cream. . . .
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