Moving to Houston? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In almost every home, the kitchen is the most involved room to pack. Most areas, it is straightforward enough to bring in a bunch of boxes and place everything into them until there is nothing left in the room. The natural organization of the area makes it easy to sort the box contents. The kitchen, on the other hand, requires a special technique for every sort of item. Even if you have moved several times and have become a professional at wrapping glassware and putting paper between plates and bowls, there is always that one pressing question: What should you do with the foodstuffs which is in your pantry and refrigerator? It would be uneconomical to throw it out, it's often hard to figure out the best way to manage these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Packing your pantry is only a good idea some of the time. The most important components to think about are the distance from origin to destination, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are only going a very short distance, you might want to pack all of the things that will transport nicely because there is very little time that will lapse or danger of spoilage. For cross-country moves, on the other hand, check out the expiration dates and only pack things with more than 6 months before the item expires. Non-glass spice jars and closed containers can be packed but open containers and cartons should be set aside. You may also want to consider the cost of packing inexpensive canned goods when added to a long-haul move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box Once you have sorted out the items from your pantry that you are going to move, commence preparing your boxes. Plastic tubs with sealing lids are ideal for food transport because cans can become too heavy for cardboard and plastic will inhibit insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as neat and snuggly packed as achievable to avert discovering a mess when you get to your destination in Houston. Put the items that weigh the most on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items tightly against each other. Use sealable bags and Tupperware to seal open items of food or ingredients. If you find it useful, use dividers made of plastic or a pieces of cardboard box to keep everything upright and secure. Designate the box as delicate so there is no confusion with your movers when they load it into the moving van. If only nonperishable food items are in your pantry box and everything is sealed, it should be okay to transport with the remainder of the boxes, but it’s definitely a good idea to double check with your moving company about what can and cannot be loaded in the truck. What About the Fridge? The first point to remember is that foods in the refrigerator can and will go bad if they are not taken care of accurately. Usually, refrigerator goods are only taken from Point A to Point B if the move entails less than 2 hours of driving. That said, it is understandable to not want to throw out your collection of freezer resources and any residual staples on moving day, but you'll have to transport it in your own vehicle. Moving companies do not take perishables. To move your fridge items, first, make sure the fridge and freezer at the new home are on and cooling properly. Then, it should be safe to pack up your cold food items into a large cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Transport the items over to the new home, load in the fridge, and relish in not having to go to the grocery store on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Lastly, there’s the question of what to do with any food you cannot or don't decide to move with you. There are numerous food banks that would be happy to take the extra food off your hands and get it onto the plates of those in need. Food donation is a critical variety of local charity, so whether you have a few boxes of Rice-a-Roni or an entire pantry full of non-perishables, think about donating what you do not want or can’t take to your new home. A-1 Freeman Moving Group proudly participates 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 the United States. Click here or on the picture above to find out more! Every person moving from home to home has food remaining in their pantry, even if you tried your hardest to use up everything. Understanding when to pack, what can be packed, and when to contemplate donating is a vital component of the moving process. With the right tactics, you can get to your new home in Houston with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable groceries and a good feeling having provided the extra to those who can benefit most from it.