You should defrost your freezer regularly because ice can transfer from one food source to another – it can also take up a lot of valuable room. Even auto defrost fridges should be cleaned regularly and defrosted when ice builds to more than 5mm thick.
• Remove everything you can from the freezer (don’t use metal implements) and store what hasn’t passed its use-by-date in an ice-filled esky and toss the old stuff.
• Then, turn off the fridge, open the doors and allow the ice to melt. According to Shannon, scattering sugar (which doesn’t freeze) on the ice helps it melt faster.
• If you use an absorbent sponge block like a Slurpex (which can hold up to 30 times their own weight in liquid)) you can soak up large volumes of melted ice.
• Finish by giving the freezer a good wipe, turning the fridge back on and re-stocking neatly.
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