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Grandma’s Kitchen Block of the Week #18 of 25


Grandma’s Kitchen block of the week #18 is called The Fridge. It is designed by Pat Sloan. As the name states, our story this week is memories of ‘The Fridge’ and here is mine:

Our ‘Frigidaire’ was one of those with the rounded top and a very tiny freezer on the inside. The freezer had a couple of metal ice trays that everyone ‘forgot’ to fill with water so ice was never available. It was not self-defrosting either. I remember heating water on the stove until it was boiling and sitting a pan inside the freezer to defrost all the ice that accumulated. This was an ongoing process and it was a pain. I am so thankful for frost-free refrigerators now.

Our fridge was not full of condiments like we have now. Things like mustard and vinegar were not refrigerated and left overs were eaten at the next meal or put in the soup pot. No prepared food was purchased from the grocery as all our food was stored in jars in the cellar, in the smoke house,  in the hen-house, or in the cow.

This fridge was also very loud. It was not noticeable during the day but it would wake you from a sound sleep when it kicked on at night.

Thanks for visiting with me and reading about my ‘good old days.’


I am a retired grandmother living in hot and sunny Florida. I spend most of my days doing what I love: sewing and quilting. I have a spoiled rotten Boston Terrier named Sami who keeps me busy mostly by cleaning up after her and refilling holes in the yard that she insists on digging and burying her toys. Of course then she digs them up and brings them into the house resulting guessed it...more cleaning. I will be posting pictures of Sami, quilts, flowers, and other things as they come along. Glad to have you join me.

16 thoughts on “Grandma’s Kitchen Block of the Week #18 of 25

  1. I remember my mum using a chisel-like utensil to hack the ice from our freezer then :), and I remember it been tiny too compared to the fridge part.
    Now our fridge-freezer is so big that my kids use it as a dumping ground for left-overs. My dad used to do a good job of ‘clearing most left-overs then, now everyone expects me to do same which I’m not having.

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  2. Ah Memories of the ice pick and hot water in the defrosting process. Wonder how the younger generation would make it during our time of “non-convenience” technology! You are right – we did not keep ketchup and mustard on ice! Wonder how we made it this far. LOL Pretty block!

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  3. Hi Peggy,
    I was waiting for your story about the fridge and sharing of your block. I do remember my mom working on defrosting the Frigidaire with hot water and an ice pick or something sharp. It was a HUGE mess; water all over the floor and chunks of ice in a bucket. And certainly no prepared foods although I remember thinking a TV dinner was just awful but cool at the same time. I love your block as always – beautiful blues and I love that cream fabric. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. I think ours had a problem. It clanked loudly and shook when it started up. After it ran for a few seconds it was OK. I always thought someone was coming on the porch when ours started in the middle of the night. 🙂


    1. Thanks Tierney. We are spoiled now. I had a little chest type freezer that had to be defrosted. I would take the food out and put it in a cooler and wheel the freezer out on the deck to set in the sun for a while. This old hot Florida sun would defrost it in minutes. I only had to open the bottom drain and wipe it down. That was the lazy way to defrost. 🙂

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  4. Peggy, I guess I’m too young to have experienced such fun. I do remember our fridge had a freezer on the bottom. To open it you stepped on a latch with your foot. Strange what we do and don’t remember. Thanks for sharing your memory. I think your block turned out really nice. Not sure about the name though. 😊

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    1. Thanks Cindy. Pat Sloan names the blocks according to what memory we are to share. Sometimes I think, where the heck did that name come from? But it is fun. You definitely had one of the new models of fridge but years from now it will seem like the ‘old days’ to kids. Be prepared. LOL

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