How to Defrost a Freezer Fast

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If you own a freezer that is not frost free, you will need to defrost it regularly to keep it working at its maximum potential, while using minimum energy. Defrost your freezer fast to preserve the food that was in there by keeping it out for a relatively short period.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Insulated ice chest
  • Large pans
  • Boiling water
  • Bath towels

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  1. 1

    Remove all food from the freezer and put it in an insulated ice chest, the coldest part of your house or in a friendly neighbor's freezer.

  2. 2

    Turn the unit off if there is a switch, otherwise unplug it to start the defrosting process. If the freezer has a drip tray, check to make sure it's in place.

  3. 3

    Put old bath towels around the floor of the freezer to sop up any water that overflows.

  4. 4

    Boil a couple of pans of water and put them inside the unit. Close the freezer door to keep the heat inside. Replace the boiling water as it cools down to keep the temperature inside the freezer raised.

  5. 5

    Soak up the melting water with towels as the freezer continues to defrost. When large pieces of ice come free, pull them out and dump them into the sink. As the defrosting progresses, you will have to work fast to keep up with the moisture.

Tips and warnings

  • When the freezer is frost free take the time to clean and disinfect it before replacing the food.
  • Dry the freezer completely before turning the power back on.

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