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With the garage nearly cleared out – at least as far as we
can walk around in the place blind-folded and not injure ourselves through
falling on or over something dangerous – the time came to tackle another messy

The garage freezer. This was an item which – since I bought
it in (gulp) the early 1990ies – has served heroically ever since. It’s an
up-right; no, my parents’ first freezer was a chest-style, and was it ever a
pain, getting down to the bottom of that item. Mom and Dad resorted to a system
of stacked heavy-duty stacked plastic baskets, which was all very nice and
efficient, except that you had to shift at least three or four of them if you
were going on a deep snorkel for some wanted item. So, when I finished up in
Northern Utah after twelve years overseas, I bought an upright freezer through
the good offices of the BX and thought myself fortunate. When previously
stationed stateside, the BX didn’t offer major appliances. Something about
local furniture and appliance merchants in Sacramento screaming bloody murder
at not being able to gouge military members for household items … eh. Old news.
Anyway – I caught the food-preservation fever in Utah. Something about a place
where fifty and a hundred-pound bags of sugar and flour are freely available at
commercial outlets that are not Sams’ or Costco. Must be something in the
water, I guess.

Anyway, we’ve been going systematic about frozen purchases,
since I came into possession of a vacuum-sealer at a yard sale a few years ago
and doing a brisk round at the end of the month for … foodstuff to last the
whole month-long. We had a good system going … but it came time to defrost and
clean out the garage freezer, since the layers of frost became insupportable.
As in ‘couldn’t shove in another blessed thing not without a crowbar and

I really hesitated about this project, since I knew (from
the last time I had ventured this project) that it would a) make a mess from
melted ice all over the garage, and b) put us through the trouble of taking out
the not-inconsiderable quantities of frozen stuff IN the freezer, and keeping
it safe and deeply frozen until time came to return it to the original resting
place. On the up-side, we would really be able to inventory and re-sort the
collected deep-frozen items. Yes, dear readers – we took the plunge, although
the Daughter Unit had to run out and purchase an additional Styrofoam cooler
and a couple of insulated bags at the nearest available HEB once it became
clear that the contents of the freezer would overwhelm the current collection
of coolers and insulated bags.

The melted ice-water did run a good way into the garage, and
we were put to the effort of mopping it up… totes expected. But a good way into
this process, I realized that one of the large plastic storage tubs was THE
collect the ice-melt without any fuss and overflow into the garage. Gee … wish
I could have noted that earlier in this project. Noted for the next time,

So – that expedient is on the schedule for the next time we
perform this exercise. The last big chunk of frost, adhering to the top inside
of the freezer unit came away allofasudden in mid-afternoon, about two hours before
I had expected it to melt and fall away into the commodious waiting bin.

But all to the good. We could turn the freezer on again, and
show everything away … a small thing, in my schedule of household upgrades …
but a decidedly needful one.

And yeah – the storage bin as a catchment for the ice, the
next time we defrost. SO noted.

Yes, there was so much frost, it ate up about a fifth of the available space


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    That’s a job, all right. But so worth it once it’s done.

    • Celia

      Yes, it has been so – we discovered that we really had a lot of vacuum-sealed meats! And clearing away the frost build-up increased the available space by a whopping five per cent!