how long does it take for a chest freezer to defrost?

Submitted by gary on 4/20/05 at 8:44 AM. ( ) 216.145.235.157

i get back from vacation and low and behold my chest freezer miraculously had been unplugged. i dont even know if anything is salvageable. everything was completely thawed.

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It depends on how much stuff you had in it...

This response submitted by marty on 4/20/05 at 9:53 AM. ( ) 24.15.107.136

I've never lost a freezer, but if it's chock-full of frozen critters and kept closed, I would suspect it would take 2-3 days before everything was thawed out. Assuming the freezer is kept indoors at room temperature. If it's kept in a garage that could get pretty hot, then obviously things would thaw out quicker.

Only one way to find out if your stuff is any good and that's to open up a couple things...


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