This is a boring post about defrosting a freezer. Or call it a gentle reminder if you wish.
Mine was VERY overdue after having accidentally left the freezer door open for too long some months ago. It resulted in no more ice cubes to be had because the ice cube tray wouldn’t come out without a certain amount of anger. As you can see the ice is completely covering those coils above the narrow tray.
Anyway, step uno was to eat as much as possible before defrosting so I wouldn’t have too much to store wrapped up while the defrosting process took place. I piled all that was left on a wool blanket with a towel on top…
… wrapped the blanket around my pile of frozen foods and added the sofa pillows as insulation.
I’ve been putting of the defrosting process because I’ve been a little worried about getting the oak floor in the kitchen too wet. I have memories from defrosting freezers in the past (not the state of the art Miele we had at the old house though because it was a frost free one, which totally works btw!) and water splashing everywhere so I decided to try this defrosting bag. You just pop it at the bottom of the freezer and it soaks up all the water.
Here’s the set-up. The bag is there at the bottom, a bowl is place under the pul- out spout with a towel underneath in case of any drips. A pot with boiling hot water helps speed up the defrosting process. Oh, and yeah, you need to turn off the freezer too. May seem like a redundant comment but I actually didn’t at first because I pressed the wrong button…
With the help of the hot water in the pot the actual defrosting is pretty quick. It took less than an hour for all the ice to drop down or drip down. The bag caught most of it and I only had a miniscule amount of water in my bowl, and that actually came from pieces of ice falling from the very top rather than water running from the spout.
Our freezer’s quite small so we didn’t really use the bag to it’s full potential but supposedly it can hold 5 liters (1.3 gallons) of water. I have no idea what’s inside but it works. From an environmental standpoint I guess it’s better to defrost the old school way because the bag’s not reusable and you need to sort it as plastic packaging.
While all the defrosting was going on I took the opportunity to empty out the old ice cubes and wash the drawers properly.
Everything nice and clean…
… and filled back up with stuff. It feels really good to have done something that’s been put off for so long. And it was nice realizing that it was quicker and easier than expected. And yes, I remembered to put the freezer back on again!