Few household jobs, for me at any rate, are as satisfying as defrosting the freezers. I always do this twice a year, once just before Christmas when I wish to put lots of Christmas stuff in and once about now when produce in the garden is almost ready (anyone down South who is already harvesting peas, broad beans and runner beans - lucky you).
It is a chore - but then aren't most household jobs so; after all as soon as one has finished the job it begins to want doing again doesn't it?
Yesterday it was the turn of the smaller freezer to be switched on again (I defrosted it a couple of weeks ago) and the big freezer to be switched off. Last evening the food was transferred to the little freezer and the farmer kindly gave the big freezer a jolly good clean for me.
Now the big freezer is back on and I am just about to transfer the stuff back again - but with one big difference. Is everyone like me or are there really some people who label everything, put it on the correct shelf in the freezer and use it in the correct order?
I shall start as I mean to go on (fingers crossed behind back) and put everything in the right place. Really cleaning the freezers out was a salutory lesson in bad household management - half empty bags of peas and other vegetables, half a packet of oven chips (nasty things anyway), two curries bought from a stall at one of our coffee mornings a long time ago and well past their sell by date, and many bits and pieces I had completely forgotten about.
I have just driven to our Brymor ice cream parlour to buy several different flavours of ice cream, always a good stand by for an instant pud if someone calls unexpectedly (I always make a selection of fruit sauces with some of the raspberries, blackcurrants etc. in the garden and freeze them). So off I go now to begin the job. Any obvious gaps will be filled tomorrow (market day) using my cool bag and we shall be up and running again.
I shall not get the freezers in a mess this year (but I shalln't sign any agreement to bank on it).