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Defrost Your Freezer Fast

Defrosting the freezer can be one of those jobs a lot of us put off until we start to run out of space because the ice is inches thick and taking over our freezer. Why? Because defrosting the freezer can be hard work, usually taking forever and needing lots of muscle to get that ice off the side. But here is the good news – you can defrost your freezer fast and without the hard arm work.

Defrost your freezer fast

That got your attention, right? Anything that makes a job quicker and easier is a winning combo in my books! Unfortunately I forgot to take a before photo to show you how bad my freezer was getting, however the ice was starting to creep up onto the ledge so it was well and truly overdue for a defrost.

Freezer cooking is a great time-saving method and fits in perfectly with meal planning.

So here is what you need to do to defrost your freezer fast:

  1. Boil your kettle
  2. Turn off the freezer
  3. Take all your frozen food out of the freezer – you could pack it into eskies and freezer bags if you have them on hand, however we just packed ours close together on the bench so they stayed frozen
  4. Clean out any excess food waste and other random stuff you find at the bottom of the freezer
  5. Place some towels on the bottom
  6. Fill a tray with boiling water on the bottom of the freezer
  7. If you have more than one shelf, place a saucepan or another tray of boiling water on the different shelves
  8. Close the freezer and give the boiling water 5 or so minutes to work some magic (steam should be forming on the freezer walls)
  9. Using a wooden spatula or wooden spoon, see if any of the ice is ready to come off. If it is still stuck good, re-boil the kettle and repeat the process for another 5 minutes
  10. Now get to work with your wooden spoon and knock off that ice
  11. Throw the ice in the sink rather than let it melt in the freezer, as it saves you having a puddle at the end
  12. Once all the ice is removed, give your freezer a wipe down and towel dry the inside
  13. Turn the freezer back on
  14. Replace the food contents

That’s it… your freezer is defrosted and you can now get on with something more fun. Or maybe cook some of the mystery food you found buried at the bottom (maybe not). We have a chest freezer so the worst part is reaching the bottom when trying to clean it out. Thankfully hubby is tall so it saves me doing that part.

Bonus tips:

  • Use wooden utensils only as anything sharp such as a knife can puncture the sides
  • The towels help prevent water pooling in the bottom so they are a good idea
  • Use this time to go through and throw out any really old or unidentified freezer foods too – even our freezer needs a declutter
  • Try to defrost your freezer at least every 6 months to avoid it get too frosty

How often do you defrost your freezers?




Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Thanks for your post, this works great! Gotta love those old chest freezers. This one was my husband's (I think from when he was a boy.) I'm thankful for it but wondering how long the duct tape patching will continue to serve the inside corner and if we will lose all our food some day when it breathes its last...

Now I just need advice on restocking it in an orderly fashion that makes it really easy to find everything. I do have my categories and wire basket layers but...I have this fear that in spite of my great intentions and plans, after I get it back in it will feel all disorganized, cluttered, and confusing.

At least I'll be able to remove the upper level wire baskets because they won't be held down - fastened in place by the ice walls.

Eva @ The Multitasking Mummy

Monday 6th of July 2015

I don't think I've ever defrosted my freezer because it doesn't seem to ice up...however, I do need to CLEAN OUT my freezer. I"m pretty sure there are many out of date frozen 'things' in there that are way beyond eating!


Wednesday 8th of July 2015

Lucky you. Our chest freezer is pretty old and is already frosting up again from when I did this post. Annoying. We always find lots of loose veggies in ours. Some peas and carrots amongst the ice :-/