I have frozen ice cream in my freezer, but I need to defrost the freezer now, so how do I keep the ice cream frozen during that time? How can I prevent it from melting and spilling out from the box?
- The day before you want to defrost, freeze a few trays of ice cubes. Anything else that's frozen works too. The idea is to get a large mass of cold material in the box, that way it takes longer to warm up.
- On the day, place the ice cream in a box with the ice cubes. Use an insulated cooler if you have one, or wrap a few layers of bubble wrap (or other insulating material) around an ordinary plastic or cardboard box.
- Defrost the freezer quickly: pour warm water on the ice to thaw it. This helps you finish the defrosting and cleaning before your ice cream thaws.
Defrost the refrigerator when it is below freezing outside. Keep the ice cream outside in the shade during this time.
Hopefully you live in a climate where sub-zero temperatures are common.
Ask your neighbors if they have some spare room in their freezer... The simplest answer.. i'm sure!
Put the ice cream in a small insulated cooler with a small block of dry ice (available at many supermarkets, near the regular ice). That will keep the ice cream solid while the freezer defrosts.