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Defrosting with extreme prejudice

The one problem with "frost free" deep freezes is that when they do frost up, they can't cope - and rapidly fill with ice.

marypcb and I have just spent an hour or so removing the inch or so of solid ice that had caked the top two shelves of our deep freeze.

All I can say is: wonderful are the ways of the fondue fork. An eminently multi-purpose kitchen tool if there ever was one - especially when used in conjunction with a sharply wielded nut-cracker.


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May. 22nd, 2005 12:17 pm (UTC)
Please, don't do that....
A fork going through the skin of a fridge is a non-good event.

Use some Fridge/Freezer defroster, it's a lot safer and easier.

May. 22nd, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Please, don't do that....
Alternatively, pans of near-boiling water will quickly reduce ice to water, allowing it to flow out into a handily placed bowl.

Replace pans and bowl on a regular basis. Takes about 45 minutes to do my freezer...
May. 22nd, 2005 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Please, don't do that....
...also, be aware that the walls are so thin that even if you only bash them with a blunt instrument, you can still squash the pipes flat. I knackered a fridge that way, whacking at ice with a small wooden spatula, thinking it was okay as long as I didn't actually puncture anything.
May. 22nd, 2005 09:48 pm (UTC)
I always used a hair dryer. Only thing I used it for, defrosting a freezer...
May. 23rd, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
What They All Say re the fork - very bad idea. I use a bowl of boiling water and/or a hair drier.

however, a frost free deep freeze that frosts up is not frost-free. Our Amana freezer is five years old and has never had any ice in it whatsoever (apart from in the ice maker, where it's allowed).
May. 23rd, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
After utilising the bowl of boiling water, I hit the ice sharply with a wooden rolling pin. Large chunks calve from the main body and can be chucked in the sink. Not only is this technique effective, it makes me feel terribly butch.
May. 23rd, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
Of course I agree with the comments others have made about "fork=bad, defrosting spray+hot water+hair dryer=good", but that hasn't stopped me in the past using a butter knife as a chisel!

I will say that using a leatherman leaves it wet and very cold, and your hands wet and very cold also!

Scraping as much of the ice as is easily removeable, using a very blunt knife or similar (in conjunction with a mug of nearly boiling water to keep the knife warm!), and then using a roasting tin to catch the drips and ice while using a hairdryer does seem to do a good job ...

... I'd be worried about leaving the freezer plugged in while doing it in case it overloads the motor trying to keep the temperature down while you've got the door open and the hairdryer blowing hot air in! But that's just me, I'm sure that well designed freezers have some sort of interlock on the door light switch to keep the freezer motor from running ...
May. 23rd, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
in an ideal world, this wouldn't be the recommended method. But being an AEG the freezer has very clearly marked and very well cased coolant pipes in the shelf supports and the application of the principle of levers does quite well at removing the icepack in large chunks without damage.

I woudn't suggest it to anyone else, but I have been doing with variations of prise and thunk since I was eight without ever killing a freezer. The only freezer I ever lost was killed by the removal men! THe nutcrackers were my husband's inpsired choice and you haven't seen anything till you've seen a 3" cube of ice crack off in one piece ;-)
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