Help It Along
Too much ice and not enough time? There are four ways to speed up the defrosting process.
Hot Water Method
Take a pan and fill it with water, get it nice and hot on the stove
or use a bowl in the microwave. Place the hot water inside the freezer
and close the door. After about 5 minutes remove the pan or bowl and
reheat then put it back in the freezer. Continue until ice is melted.
I personally hate the hot water method of defrosting the freezer.
I find that the ice under the hot water melts first and the pan or bowl
sticks to the ice as it cools off. It’s annoying to come back every 5
minutes and it doesn’t seem to help the ice melt that much faster.
Set up a fan outside the freezer with the freezer door propped open
so that air circulates faster. More air flow will help the ice to melt
However, you might not have a fan that you can angle properly and
if your thawing a unit above a refrigerator it might not be worth the
Blow Drier Method
Lets think about this for a second. The goal is to turn ice into water. Blow driers and water are not a good combo. This is not the safest method. It is not recommended for safety reasons.
That said I’ll admit I’ve tried it. At first glance it doesn’t
seem to do much. But what happens is the heat goes to the back and then
up. So after awhile the ice on the top will defrost away from the
freezer, however with thick ice you most likely won’t see this. Instead
large pieces of ice just start to break off the top.
In my experience this method along with the scrapper method and lots of towels is the fastest way to defrost the freezer.
Scraping the ice is probably the most common way of speeding up the
process of defrosting the freezer. But we have to make sure to do it
safely. And that, my friend, means no sharp objects. There are two reasons for this. First you could hurt yourself.
Second you can scrape or puncture the cabinet of your freezer. Well, it
doesn’t sound like a big deal, puncturing the stuff behind the freezer
cabinet could cause a leak and make your whole freezer useless. It’s not
worth the risk. Plus scratched areas are more likely to rust and no one wants rust near their food.
A dull object, like a plastic spatula or spoon, works better. Think of it less as ‘scrapping’ and more as ‘assisting’ large chucks of ice to come out before they melt.
This method works well with the blow drier because as the ice
starts to defrost off the wall or ceiling you can get the spatula under
that and take out larger chunks.