April 24, 2014

12 Days of Christmas and New Year’s “Chilling” Ideas for Your Freezer

12 Days of Christmas and New Year’s “Chilling” Ideas for Your Freezer

Freezer - Chilling Ideas

Freezer - Chilling Ideas - Image by Piyachok Thawornmat

Even though most December days in southwest Florida aren’t as cold as the winter days up north, there are still ways to capture that “icy” feel of Christmas here in the sunny warmth.  Sure, we can’t whip up a blizzard, but we can do some really “cool” things with our freezers this year.

  • Make some snow.  Are you missing the snow or just want your children or grandchildren to have the fun of lobbing snowballs at each other?  You can make fake snow from Sodium Polyacrylate.  With it, you can form snowballs and freeze them in the freezer for some Christmas fun.  Learn how to make fake snow.
  • Turn your freezer/refrigerator into a full sized snowmanClever refrigerator magnets transform your kitchen appliances for Christmas.
  • Here’s how to get that “bad smell” out of your freezer.  Be sure to dump the ice from your ice-maker completely a day or so before any party.  It’s best to start over with fresh ice.  That way you won’t have to worry about the ice having a weird flavor which can make your drinks taste funny.  You can also wipe out the inside of your freezer with a small amount of vanilla.

Create Holiday Party “Cheer”
Whether you are having friends over for a Happy Hour or a full out New Year’s Eve party, these ideas will give your guests something exciting in their toasting glasses and delicious on their plates.

  • Make fancy, fun, ice cubes!  You can now make ice in the shape of Christmas trees, snowflakes, Legos®, bullets, the Titantic, catepillars, the alphabet, skulls and bones, gems, women’s high heeled shoes, and even golf balls.  Find unusual and creative ice cube trays.
  • Make your own ice cubes with holiday items inside.  Fill an ice cube tray half way with water and freeze it.  Then wet the item (a slice of lemon, an edible flower petal, a cinnamon candy, cookie sprinkles, etc.) and stick it in each compartment of the ice cube tray.  Put it back in the freezer for a bit.  Then completely fill the ice cube tray to the top and finish freezing it.  Your guests are guaranteed to love the uniqueness of their drinks!
  • Keep the vodka and the juice mixers in the freezer.  By keeping your alcohol in the freezer, you won’t need to add as much ice to chill the drinks.  If you make your mix or juices ahead of time in ice cube trays, you can add these ice cubes instead of water ice cubes.  That way the drinks won’t get watered down too quickly.  Don’t try to freeze your bubbly mixers though, as they will go flat.
  • Make ice cubes from cut up citrus fruits.  Take limes, lemons, oranges and grapefruits and cut them into thick wedges.  Leave the peel on.  Arrange them on a tray and freeze them for several hours until they are frozen solid.  Drop them in your cocktails to chill them.  No ice cubes necessary!
  • Make Christmas candle holders out of ice.  All you need to two containers of different sizes to accomplish this.  Fill the larger one halfway up with water.  Place the smaller container inside the larger one on top of the water and weigh it down with a rock, so it sinks to the bottom.  Go ahead and finish filling the larger container with water.  You can add lemon slices, evergreen pieces, fresh flowers, candy or whatever you would like to the water to add to the design.  Freeze until right before party time.  Remove from the freezer, run the bottom of the container under warm water to release it and then place it on a plate or tray to catch the drips.  Remove the interior container next.  Then burn a t-light candle inside to enjoy the icy glow.
  • Make a snowman dessert out of vanilla ice cream balls rolled in coconut.  The kids and grandkids are sure to love this little yummy guy.  For a delicious and super cute snowman, follow these directions.
  • How about a snowman made out of cheese balls?  This looks so festive and is tasty with crackers as an appetizer.  Enjoy this recipe.
  • Freeze red grapes for a delicious healthy treat.  Be sure to take them off the stems and freeze them for several hours.   They taste great and take awhile to eat.  That makes them a perfect snack for anyone who is dieting or just trying to eat healthy.  Don’t freeze green grapes as they harden completely and are difficult to eat.
  • Make Christmas cooking easy by freezing chopped, fresh herbs in ice cube trays.  This is a great way to save money and preserve the remainder of your fresh herb harvest instead of drying it.  Chop the herbs, put them in an ice cube tray and cover them with water.  Freeze and then store the cubes in a Ziploc bag.  Pull out a cube or two to add to soups, sauces, or gravies when fresh herbs are needed.

Do you have questions abour your freezer or refrigerator?  Is it running correctly?  Be sure to give Home-Tech a call.  We can take care of all of your appliances before Christmas and be sure they are up and running when you really need them – right now!  Are you shopping for a new appliance?  Visit our online Appliance Store.