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18th-Feb-2011 08:56 pm
Misc: smiley pumpkin
Steps in cleaning freezer:
  1. Pick a cold day
  2. Turn cooling off on refrigerator and freezer.
  3. Take food out of freezer. Put it on porch so it will stay frozen while you work.
  4. Wait for gunk (mostly melted chocolate ice cream, I think) that pooled in the bottom of the freezer when door was left slightly open and food melted that one time, to melt. Help along with warm water.
  5. Sop up gunk with sponge.
  6. Thoroughly clean interior of freezer with spray cleaner and paper towel.
  7. Wipe down with damp paper towel and wait until entirely dry.
  8. Bring in food from porch and refill freezer.
  9. Close freezer door. Clap hands together in celebration of a job well done!
Do you see the step I missed?
19th-Feb-2011 02:01 am (UTC)
Have you thrown the rest of it out, yet? I bet it got plenty warm in there.
19th-Feb-2011 03:19 am (UTC)
I threw out the stuff in the fridge; about to start on the freezer.

And yes, it did, but it did so slowly enough that I didn’t notice when I last used the fridge on Wednesday (having done all this over the weekend.) Today, I definitely noticed. :-/
19th-Feb-2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Well, I'm assuming there was still food in the *refrigerator*, or was that subsumed in "freezer"? If not, then some of your fridge stuff is less than well preserved. Since you turned them both off.
19th-Feb-2011 03:21 am (UTC)
There was still food in the refrigerator, but since the fridge wasn’t going to get opened for the hour or two it took me to clean the freezer, I didn’t worry about it. It would have been fine if I’d remembered to turn the fridge and freezer back on last weekend when I was done.
19th-Feb-2011 02:02 am (UTC)
Ummmm, The on switch? I say
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19th-Feb-2011 03:25 am (UTC)
Correct! (And I felt so proud of myself at the time, too.)
19th-Feb-2011 02:03 am (UTC)
The fridge was still turned off. For how long? I don't expect to get points for coming in third, but I'm still proud of myself for figuring that one out on my own.
19th-Feb-2011 03:26 am (UTC)
Yup! For about a week. I didn’t notice the first couple times I got stuff out, because it took a while to get warm. But it eventually got all the way there. :-/
19th-Feb-2011 02:13 am (UTC)
Do you see the step I missed?

Um, 1. Pick a cold day.
19th-Feb-2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Nope; I picked a cold enough day. (That should help you figure out how long the fridge has been off. Knowing that it wasn’t the most recent cold day will get you the rest of the way there.)

Some people have solemn rituals in their lives, repeated on a near-daily basis, at the end of which they say “amen”. I have solemn rituals in my life, repeated on a near-daily basis, at the end of which I say ”oops”.
19th-Feb-2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
I can sympathise! I'm so sorry.

I'm lucky that last night, when I left my groceries on the porch to get in to my house intending to them pull them in through the sliding doors, that I thought about my fruit and whether I'd remembered to throw out the softening/mushening pear when I put it away as I went to bed. And then went "oh sh*@$" and ran down the stairs to pull the groceries in. Only 2 hours, but on a warm day. I'm...concerned for some of them. (Most will be fine, it shouldn't hurt fruit that much!)
19th-Feb-2011 03:14 pm (UTC)
You know, last weekend you showed me your cleaning handiwork in that freezer, and I failed to notice it wasn't as cold as it should be. Unlike me. Well, this calls for a trip to Ikea to replace all those meatballs!
19th-Feb-2011 04:27 pm (UTC)
I thought exactly that as I was throwing them out.
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19th-Feb-2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
Also poor garbage haulers who are going to have to lift the three big bags full of food.

On the bright side, it was an opportunity to get rid of all that stuff from 2006 that I was never going to eat, but hey, it wasn’t going to go bad in the freezer, so I couldn’t really bring myself to throw it out.
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