My Freezers: AFTER Plus How to Defrost Chest Freezer

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?

You remember I cracked open my freezer door yesterday? I allowed you to peer inside my life to show you just how REAL I am. Today, I’m giving you the quickest method of defrosting your freezer because time is precious, especially when you have four kiddos chasing around you in circles.

How to Quick Defrost A Chest Freezer

Ingredients

  • Hot water
  • Baking soda
  • Large Pot
  • Old Towels
  • Cooler
  • Shallow Pan

Instructions

  1. Empty the freezer,wearing light weight gloves if necessary, of all food and place it inside a cooler.
  2. 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.
  3. Place a folded towel on the bottom of the freezer to catch condensation.
  4. 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.
  5. Wipe the inside of the freezer with old bath towel once the ice has melted and drained. Close the drain.
  6. Clean the inside of the freezer with a combination of baking soda mixed with water. Clean all racks, shelves, corners and the lid.
  7. Dry the inside with a clean soft cloth.
  8. Plug in the freezer and return frozen food organizing as you fill it.
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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.

Larger items like roasts, steaks, chicken, etc. are stored in my chest freezer. I often move an inventory of items into my side by side freezer.

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’m hoping to make some plastic freezer tags to hang off the shelves for visual organization. We shall see if I get around to it. It’s on my to-do list. At least for now, both freezers are clean and organized.

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?

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Comments

  1. Jackie,
    I was so surprised to see that you had a small chest freezer! In seeing how much you cook ahead, I was thinking you probably had a BIG freezer in which to store your freezer foods. It’s amazing what you can get in a small amt. of space. Could you post a pic of the baskets you bought at Dollar Tree to use in the chest freezer? I have the small chest freezer, too, and I’ve had trouble finding containers for my little chest freezer. The milk crate types are too large for the space.

  2. Hello,
    I am responding to How to Quick Defrost A Chest Freezer only. I have one of these that I have to defrost it too often. My suggestion is the same as yours EXCEPT Leave the door open. The pot of hot water in the bottom will warm air around it. The warm air will rise up and out of the chest freezer. Air in the room will enter to relpace the air that has left the freezer. This will speed up the process.
    Doug

  3. Pamela Cowan says:

    This process definitely took the labour out of a totally labour intensive job that I was not up to, thanks so much for sharing

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