My freezer purrs like a kitten!
When I go away at Xmas for two weeks to visit family, I make sure to completely defrost my freezer. The food is given away to someone in my local Freecycle and the freezer is completely turned off for two of those weeks.
It doesn't seem very frugal to defrost freezer and give away things in the freezer ... only to have to shop when you get home in two weeks to replenish your freezer supply! You talk of ice build up, it sounds like you have an old freezer & should be replaced with a energy saving freezer. Just something to think about.
I think part of being thrifty is doing the best you can with what you've got, and this seems to me to be a pretty good idea. Nobody loves cleaning out the freezer, and this ensures that it gets done at a convenient time and without throwing out good food. I just hope the glycerin is not sticky.
Except for routine defrosting, I have never touched my freezers and both are over 40 years old, and still going strong. Also have a refrigerator given to us second hand for a wedding present. This fall we will be married 49 years.
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