I think you are mistaken to blame auto defrost. "Freezer Burn" is what I believe you're referring to which is the dehydrating of foods, especially meats, after long periods in a freezer. Water evaporates at all temperatures, and even will escape its solid state. Ice will slowly shrink even without melting first, as water molecules escape from the ice surface and fly into the air. This process is called sublimation. The circulating fan can speed the process somewhat but not cause it per se
Originally Posted by wildbill
Either way I agree with Donald Miller's advice to double bag and seal all paper and film that you store in a freezer.
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