Ugh. So many busted appliances.

October 22, 2020


It was not a great start to the day. I needed to get some cat food from the freezer (I buy giant bags and divide it up) and discovered that it had not been locked previously and that the door was cracked open. Some stuff was soft-ish (the meat was still frozen) and there was a heckuva lot of frost all over everything. Dang it! It was too late to do anything about it before work, so I grabbed a hatchet and chopped off enough ice so that the door could close.

While chopping, I got a text – for the second day in a row – that the ovens at school were shutting off. I drove in early to reset the circuit breaker, but it wouldn’t work after three tries. I sent some emails to the people who know how to call electricians and went about my day.

This evening, I pulled all the freezer stuff out, set a fan in front of it, and watched t.v. for a while. That turned out to be the best way to defrost it. There was a huge puddle of water on the floor, but hey – it’s an unfinished basement.

Also, most of the stuff in there is weird: Lloyd has so many bags of grapes, and they fared the worst. He still wants to try them to see if they are edible, but I think the texture has changed and he’ll break a tooth. (Hard to know what to root for: being right or being wrong.) Personally, I am despondent at the THREE containers of tomato sauce in there. Only three? Didn’t I process tomatoes all summer? What happened to them? I guess I mostly made pizza…..

The freezer is quite old. I think it actually used to be Deborah’s? Anyway, this Saturday, I’m going freezer shopping. It’ll be used, but new-to-me. Woo hoo!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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6 Responses to “Ugh. So many busted appliances.”

  1. Deborah Said on:

    Yes, it used to be mine. You got it a good 20 years ago and it was old then. Time for a new one!


  2. Brad Said on:

    It’s interesting to see what someone who cooks actually has in their freezer. I just have a couple of frozen pizzas, some frozen lima beans, and some ice.


  3. Kristi Said on:

    This situation has happened to me more than once. I don’t like it!

    I think that freezers should have some kind of alert that sounds when the door is not completely closed.


  4. Lauren Said on:

    Kristi, my dad sent me a link to a freezer that has an alert. If we don’t find anything at the used shop, I might look into that.

    Brad, that is sweet that you say I cook. Did you notice that the contents were mostly grapes and cat food? 😉 Actually, an inventory of what’s inside would be useful. I have a bowl of what I am assuming is turkey broth, and a rotisserie chicken carcass that I guess I will use to make more unlabeled broth? Labels would be useful, too.

    Deborah, thank you for the freezer. 🙂


  5. Gretchen Said on:

    My parents had an old freezer, and the local electric company hauled it way AND gave them $75 for it! I guess they want to encourage people to get more energy-efficient appliances.


  6. Mom Said on:

    Fyi-Clark Howard said there is a low inventory of freezers now. When the pandemic hit there was a run on them and it may be next spring before you get the one you order. It has to be built. Aaron lucked out this spring and got a new one.


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