Once you get your freezer defrosted, organized and inventoried, you can sit back and enjoy the fruit of your labor. Join us as we tackle this fun chore, won’t you?
- Hot water
- Baking soda
- Large Pot
- Old Towels
- Shallow Pan
- Empty the freezer,wearing light weight gloves if necessary, of all food and place it inside a cooler.
- Place a pot of hot water in the freezer and close the lid. The steam from the hot water will melt the ice from the inside of the freezer. You may need to change the water depending on the size of the freezer and how much ice is inside.
- Place a folded towel on the bottom of the freezer to catch condensation.
- If necessary, open the drain and place a shallow pan under the drain hole to catch water from the melting ice. Be sure to check this often and to empty it before it gets too full. Replace under the drain.
- Wipe the inside of the freezer with old bath towel once the ice has melted and drained. Close the drain.
- Clean the inside of the freezer with a combination of baking soda mixed with water. Clean all racks, shelves, corners and the lid.
- Dry the inside with a clean soft cloth.
- Plug in the freezer and return frozen food organizing as you fill it.
I set my boiling hot water on a trivet. I also set another boiling hot water on another trivet on the higher shelf. Close the door for about 15 to 20 minutes. Voila’, the steam takes the thick ice right off the sides and I’m ready to wipe down the interior with baking soda and water. Don’t forget to mop it up with an absorbent towel. It’s ready to refill.
My Chest Freezer:
Like items are grouped together: Meats on the right side of the chest freezer. Small, flexible baskets from the dollar store are helpful to group items in the large side of the chest freezer. Don’t have the money right now? Re-purpose large food containers from bulk purchases. Plastic salad containers and plastic canisters work too.
My Side by Side Freezer:
Grains (breads, rice, granola), bagged items (soups, marinara, beans) and veges and fruits in the bottom basket (broccoli, spinach, frozen fruits, like ripe whole bananas grouped in a gallon size freezer bag). I reserve the top shelf for quick freezer or partially freezing items for 24 hours and then moving them to the chest freezer or another area.
I inventory what I have with the free freezer inventory. This helps me shop my freezer when I do a weekly meal plan. I move freezer items into a plastic thawing box (shoe box) in my refrigerator virtually every night right after dinner.
So what are you waiting for? Jump into freezer cooking by starting small. Double your family favorites every time you cook or bake. Freeze the extra and have your freezer stocked in no time. Check out my recipe index for ideas and tutorials. Visit our facebook page for freezer deals, recipes, tips, tricks and fun conversation.
Thanks for stopping by to see how we multi-task serving our families and communities sharing Christ through freezer cooking!
What questions, suggestions, tips for freezing do you have?