Over the weekend I made five freezer meals for my little sister who just had her first baby- yippee! While in the middle of this food-making project I ran into a big problem- we ran out of freezer room. And when you run out of room this usually leads to defrosting the freezer.
I was in such a hurry that I forgot to snap a picture of massive ice mounds covering the shelves. At first I chiseled the ice away with a hammer; it was therapeutic really. Hitting the freezer shelves repeatedly with a hammer to loosen up years of ice was awesome. Utilizing the freezer to max-capacity I knew hammering a small section of the freezer was not enough. So I emptied the freezer, got creative with materials and came up with three simple ways of defrosting a freezer:
- Unplug the freezer, unload the freezer and start boiling hot water.
- Grab containers or pans, pour boiling water in the pans and place them on the freezer shelves.
- Close the freezer door and let the heat and steam work on the mounds of freezer ice.
I let the steam work its magic for ten minutes. Come back, scrape off the ice with a handy hammer or heavy tool and then repeat steps two and three until satisfied with results.
We used my dad’s freezer since my sister didn’t have room in her freezer. My dad’s freezer was filled with ice. I mean, it’s been several years since its last defrosting and so this defrosting process took several hours. By putting the hot water in pans, then setting them on the shelves, this was helpful in cutting out lots of hammering time (tell me I’m not the only one that just starting singing “Hammer time”).
Now that the freezer is defrosted- what to fill the freezer with? Food of course! Food can fix most problems in life. However, food can also be the cause of many problems… sometimes finding that balance is a struggle- or is that just my problem? Okay… maybe it is… back to my little sister and her new baby.
My new niece is the sweetest baby, an angel on earth and she is very good to her parents, (the lucky kids). Although being a new mom is super exhausting and rewarding, it is also easy because this little person sleeps all the time. Once that newborn transforms into a crawling monster and destructive toddler- life gets a little crazy. I can feel you shaking your head- you already know how busy a mom’s life gets once kids are mobile. The most wonderful inventions in the world were created to make busy mom’s lives a little easier.
Exhibit A: The Crockpot. If you haven’t fallen in love with your Crockpot, oh man- you are missing out! Imagine gathering everything a recipe asks for and dumping it in a Crockpot and walking away for a couple of hours- and then to come back and food is cooked and ready to be eaten. Glorious! One of my absolute favorite go-to is this lovely book. The best part about this book is that each recipe only requires five ingredients for a complete meal- awesome. The sections I use over and over again in this book is the chicken and pasta section- most everything in there is gold.
Exhibit B: Freezer Meals. Yes, this one is also a no-brainer. You’ve seen them in the freezer section, but they are expensive and some of the meals don’t feed a whole family which defeats the whole purpose. And so my dear friends- you make your own- and you can do it too on a budget. I made this for my sister over the weekend and yes- I am exhausted, but it was worth it. Here is a teaser of the foods I made over the weekend:
Can you believe I did all of this spending less than $120? Well I did- and you can too! Stay tuned for a follow up blog post that will not only have the recipes listed, but also the shopping list for you guys to print off and go shopping with! Talk about easy right? Ummm ya! Believe me, this post will be worth waiting for so in the meantime- use our three simple steps to defrosting your freezer in preparation for these delicious freezer meals coming soon!
Happy defrosting friends!