Moving to Austin? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In most homes, the kitchen is the most involved area to pack. Many spaces, it's easy enough to bring in a collection of boxes and pack everything into them until the room is empty. The natural flow of the room allows for simple boxing up of items. The kitchen, however, calls for a different technique for every sort of item. Regardless if you have moved several times and have become a practiced pro at swaddling glassware and putting newsprint between platters and mixing bowls, there is always that one pressing question: What should you do with the food still in your pantry and fridge? It would be reckless to pitch, it's many times tough to determine the best process to deal with these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Moving your pantry is only a fit idea some of the time. The most important factors to think about are the length of the move, the safety of the food items, and the expiration dates. If you are just moving a rather short distance, you might want to move anything that will go nicely because there is very little delay or risk of spoilage. For cross-country moves, however, check out the expiration dates and only pack things with more than 6 months left. Non-glass spice jars and new items can be packed but open canisters and bags should be put aside. You might also want to consider the cost of packing low-priced canned goods when added to a long distance move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box After you know what in your pantry you are going to pack, commence getting your boxes ready. Plastic boxes with sealing lids are best for food storage because cans can become too heavy for cardboard and plastic will block insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as neat and snuggly packed as possible to avoid unearthing a mess when you unpack in Austin. Stack the items that weigh the most on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items snuggly against each other. Use Zip-lock bags and Tupperware to seal open containers of food or ingredients. You might find it useful to use dividers made of plastic or a cut-up cardboard box to ensure everything stays upright and secure. Designate the box as fragile so there is no confusion with your movers when they load it up. As long as only nonperishable food items are in your pantry box and it is all sealed, it should be okay to transport with the rest of the boxes, but it is always a smart idea to double check with your moving company concerning what can and cannot be put on the moving truck. What About the Fridge? The first point to think about is that things in the refrigerator can and will spoil if they are not dealt with properly. Usually, refrigerator items are only packed for a move if the move involves less than two hours of driving. That said, it is reasonable to not want to trash everything in your freezer and any leftover edibles on moving day, but you'll have to transport it in your own vehicle. Moving companies don’t take perishables. To move your fridge items, first, make sure the fridge and freezer at the destination are on and cooling properly. Then, it will be acceptable to pack up your refrigerator and freezer foods into a large cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Drive the items over to the new residence, load in the fridge, and enjoy not having to grocery shop on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Lastly, there’s the question of how to manage the items you can't or don't choose to move with you. There are numerous food banks that will be joyous to take the extra food off your hands and get it passed out to those who need it. Food donation is a critical variety of local charity, so no matter if you have a few boxes of dry pasta or a whole pantry full of non-perishables, think about donating what you do not want or cannot move to your new house. A-1 Freeman Moving Group proudly takes part in Move for Hunger, a non-profit organization that works with moving companies to collect non-perishable food items, and deliver them to food banks across North America. Click here or on the picture above to find out more! Nearly everyone moving from house to house has things leftover in their pantry, even if you did your best to use up leftovers. Acknowledging when to pack, what food can be packed, and when to donate is a vital component of the moving process. With the right tactics, you can get to your new house in Austin with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable foodstuffs and a tranquil feeling having donated the extra to those who can benefit most from it.