- Step 1: Empty freezer Remove all food from your freezer and place it in cardboard boxes. Cover them with newspaper or cloths to keep the food from thawing.
- TIP: If you have a neighbor who can store some items in her freezer, that’s the best way to go. Or plan a feast around your newly-thawed food.
- Step 2: Empty trays Remove ice trays and empty the cubes into the sink. Let them melt down the drain.
- Step 3: Empty fridge Remove all the food from your refrigerator and place it in cardboard boxes covered with newspapers or cloth.
- Step 4: Set to “defrost” Turn your temperature control to 'defrost.'
- TIP: If you don’t have a 'defrost' setting, simply unplug your refrigerator.
- Step 5: Place a pan Place a large square pan at the bottom of your freezer to catch the melting water. Empty and replace it as necessary.
- TIP: If your unit already has a pan there’s no need to use another one.
- Step 6: Place a towel Place a dry towel underneath the refrigerator to catch melting water.
- TIP: Never use a sharp object to chip away at the ice coating your freezer. This could severely damage your unit.
- Step 7: Wash trays While the ice is melting, wash and dry your ice cube trays.
- TIP: To speed up the melting, put a pan of hot water in the freezer.
- Step 8: Chill Return food and newly-filled ice cube trays to the freezer. Then return the food to fridge. Now you’re ready to chill.
- FACT: Up until the 1920s, when electric refrigerators came into use, people kept their food fresh in ice boxes—literally boxy cabinets that held a huge chunk of ice.
You Will Need
- Cardboard boxes
- Newspaper or cloths
- A pan that will fit at the bottom of your freezer
- A towel