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Defrosting a freezer

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by canopener, May 7, 2006.

  1. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    My freezer is getting smaller and smaller, so I figured I'd try to defrost it and clean out the fridge at the same time. It would also be a good opportunity to get rid of some old food that's passed its expiration date or something that we won't eat anyway. Would I be correct to assume that I only need to turn off the freezer, clear it out, open the door, and throw a towel in there to absorb the moister? Are there any other tips/tricks/things I need to know before doing this?
  2. Geoff St. Germaine

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  3. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Cool, thanks. That link was a little more detailed than the ones I found.
  4. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    I do it the way you describe. It only takes a couple hours to thaw out.

  5. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    Yep, that's how I've doneit.
  6. canopener


    Sep 15, 2003
    Isle of Lucy
    Done and done. I feel like I accomplished quite a bit today!
  7. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I usually recommend a hammer and a really sharp chisel to
    my anonymous internet friends.

    All kidding aside, on my beer fridge, I let the door stand open
    with the fridge set on low and let the ice warm up a bit,
    overnite is good.

    I then take the hammer and destroy the front edge of the ice
    build up. I have this perverted little habit of trying to get it
    out in a few pieces as possible. And very little water on the floor.

    I then throw out the UFO's (unidentified food objects) like the
    venison sausages DigMe made 3 years ago. At that point, all is
    well with the world, and Jive1's homeless guy friend gets a free meal.
  8. AuG


    May 22, 2005
    Fort Collins, CO
    Make sure you keep the "Mystery Beer" (you know, the beer with no label and 6 years past it's expiration) should that unwelcome guest happen by.

  9. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    My Mrs has a system which prevents "UFO's" from accumulating in the fridge. Once a week, cook a "Bubble & Squeak".

    As you hunt around for things to throw into it, you'll find food items that seem to be growing legs or talking back to you and throw them out. It doesn't feel like your cleaning because when you're done, you get a delicious meal.
  10. Thor

    Thor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    We used to have that in college. They had a few names for it.
    On Friday nights it was 'Amorphous Meat Mass'. Saturday
    lunch it was called 'Food of the Week in Review'. And Saturday
    night it was 'Train Wreck at Midnight'. Yummm.

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