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Once the gardening and outside work is finished for the season, it’s time for me to get going on the inside work.
Truth be told, all summer long my house looks like a mini cyclone came through it.
Funny that the outside of my house always looks so much neater than the inside! But that’s a die hard gardener for ya. I’m not the only one, right?
The list of chores is pretty long by the time I get around to “spring cleaning” my house. Even if it is Fall. Or Winter.
Why Have a Deep Freezer?
We would never be able to live as frugally as we do, if we did not have a couple of deep freezers.
Instead of raising our own meat (in quantity) we would have to buy meat on a regular basis at the store.
Much more expensive. And it’s not just meat that gets put in our freezers.
Usually what happens at our place is, the chest freezer gets filled with all the berries we harvest in the summer.
Bags of freshly picked and blanched frozen peas also get tossed in that freezer.
Since it is housed on our main floor, it’s easier for me to get the peas frozen and tossed in there, rather than having to go downstairs to the upright.
Busy, busy, busy…that is me all season long. I’ll save steps wherever I can.
The upright freezer holds all of our meat, which, depending on what we have raised that year and the previous year is: Pork, chicken, fish and beef.
How to Defrost a Deep Freeze in Under an Hour
Our freezers are quite new, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a good defrosting and cleaning at least once a year. Even frost free freezers need regular maintenance.
And you can lower your electricity bill by making sure you don’t let big chunks of ice start to build in your freezer.
Here’s how I do it to try and make the job as quick (and pain free) as possible.
I gather some of the twenty odd (it seems) coolers we have. I have no idea why we have so many – they tend to gather for conventions at our house. And they just don’t leave!
Even though I have tried to organize the meat by type in each of the freezers, inevitably chicken ends up mixed with pork, and fish ends up with beef.
The first thing I do is unplug the deep freezer.
I try to fill each cooler with ONE type of meat, to make reloading quicker. This makes it quicker when I reload the freezer after cleaning.
We have a wide variety of meat and fish in our freezers.
It takes a LOT of coolers to hold the meat and you can see the overflow starting.
Berries seem have migrated from one freezer to the other!
If we go to California, we always bring lots of citrus fruits home with us. I also freeze lots of lemon juice every year.
We use the juice to make lemonade and also use it in cooking. The pink juice is grapefruit.
How to defrost a freezer
Once all the frozen food is out of the upright freezer, I want to make the rest of the job go as fast as possible, because I want to be able to get the frozen food back in the freezers.
Using a large stock pot or two, fill them with water to boil on the stove.
Very carefully bring the pots of boiling water to the deep freezers. I set the pots on each of the shelves in the freezer.
Always put a couple of old towels on the freezer floor, because it’s guaranteed you will need something to sop up all that melted ice.
Unplug the freezer to make the inside warm up even faster. Close the door and leave it alone for 10 or 15 minutes.
While you are waiting, put more water in the kettle to get it boiling so you can replace the water in the pots. Every large bowl of hot water you can get in the freezer will help make this job go faster.
Make sure you’ve got a large bucket to wring out the towels into.
If you’ve got some chunks of ice that are really stubborn about melting, use a plastic spatula to see if you can pry it from the freezer wall or shelves.
You can also use a hair dryer to melt the worst of the ice if you need to.
Once the water is all sopped up, I just use dry towels to wipe the sides and inside door of the freezer.
Then I toss all the wet towels into one of the empty coolers to bring to the laundry room.
Organizing your deep freezer
You’ll find you can get the freezer all defrosted and cleaned in about half an hour. Once I’m done, I start right away to refill the shelves.
I take the time to organize it again. Pork one on shelf, chicken on another. Doesn’t this look better!
Take inventory of what is in your freezer. It’s also a good idea to take an inventory of your pantry and a cold room inventory as well.
This way, you can get a great idea of what you need to plant in the garden this year.
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