What is the condition of your freezer? When you open up your freezer, what are your first thoughts?
Disorganization? How frosted over it is?
I know for me personally, my freezer was to the point that I could not fit as much food onto the shelves because there was ice built up. Not only was it hindering space, but having ice reduces the efficiency of it as well.
On a cold winter’s morning, I decided to get ambitious and defrost our freezer. I had never done a large upright freezer before, but I was ambitious and decided to give it a whirl. Let me tell you, it was much easier than I thought it would be! Here is a detailed look at what it took:
1. Take everything out of the freezer. I used reusable bags because they fit so much more, and stored them in our garage. At the time, it was below zero outside, so I had no worries about food thawing out. Not even a mouse would be stirring in those temps! If you do not have the privilege of frigid cold temperatures, you can store the food in coolers or cold bags.
- As you are taking everything out, decide what is freezer burned to death, what you will never use, and what you could use in the near future in a meal.
3. Put towels or newspaper on the bottom to catch all of the melted water. I personally went through multiple towels because I had so much water (yes, kind of embarrassing!)
4. Wipe out excess water and clean walls of freezer.
5. Wash removable items, such as drawers and shelving, with hot soapy water. Dry thoroughly.
- Anything you wash, be sure to let it dry fully, or frost will just build up again.
6. Place items back in the freezer. Take this time to once again, go through each item and decide if you will ever use it or not
8. Create a freezer inventory so that you always know what is in stock. Below are two FREE printables that you can use to organize your freezer!
9. Take time to label items if needed. You will not use an item as quickly if it takes time to figure out what it is. I have had that with frozen soups. I did not know what it was, so I just left it in there. Little did I know it was one of our most favorite soups: chicken corn chowder!
Now it’s time to enjoy something from it!