Moving to Oklahoma City? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In almost every home, the kitchen is the most involved space to pack. Many rooms, it is simple enough to bring in a assortment of boxes and put everything into them until there is nothing left in the room. The natural flow of the area makes it easy to sort the box contents. The kitchen, be that as it may, requires a special process for every sort of item. Regardless if you have moved several times and have become a professional at swaddling glassware and putting newsprint between plates and mixing bowls, there is always that one nagging question: What should you do with the food that is in your cupboard and icebox? It would be wasteful to pitch, it is often difficult to work out the best method to deal with these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Packing your pantry is only a good idea part of the time. The most critical components to think about are the mileage from Point A to Point B, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are just moving a fairly short distance, you might want to pack everything that will go nicely because there is very little delay or opportunity for spoilage. For long-distance trips, however, take note of the expiration dates and only plan on taking items with more than six months before the item expires. Non-glass spice jars and unopened items may be packed but open containers and jars should be set to the side. You may also want to weigh in your mind the cost of taking inexpensive canned goods when added to a cross-country move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box Once you have sorted out the items from your pantry that you are going to move, begin preparing your boxes. Plastic boxes with sealing lids are best for food transport because cans may be too heavy for cardboard and plastic will block insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as tidy and tightly packed as achievable to avoid unearthing a mess when you arrive in Oklahoma City. 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 items 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 delicate so there is no confusion with your movers when they put it in the truck. If only nonperishable containers are in your pantry box and everything is sealed, it should be allowable to transport with the remainder of the boxes, but it’s certainly a good idea to double check with your moving company concerning what can and can’t be put in the truck. What About the Fridge? The first point to remember is that foods in the refrigerator can and will spoil if they are not managed correctly. Generally, refrigerator foods are only packed for a move if the move requires less than a couple hours of driving. That said, it is logical to not want to pitch everything in your freezer and any excess staples on moving day, but you will need to plan on moving them in your car. Moving companies don’t take food that can spoil. To move your refrigerator things, first, make positive the fridge and freezer at the new home are turned on and cooling properly. Then, it should be safe to pack up your items from the fridge and freezer into a big cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Transport the items over to the new residence, put in the fridge, and enjoy not having to go grocery shopping on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Finally, there is the question of how to handle the items you can't or don't decide to move with you. There are numerous food banks that would be joyous to accept the food that you don’t want and get it distributed to those who don’t have enough. Food donation is a critical variety of local charity, so no matter if you have a few packages of dry pasta or a complete pantry full of non-perishables, think about donating what you don’t want or cannot transport 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 North America. Click here or on the picture above to learn more! The vast majority of people moving from home to home has food remaining in their pantry, even if you tried your hardest to cook up leftovers. Knowing when to pack, what food can be packed, and when to contemplate donating is an important portion of the moving process. With the right amount of organization, you can arrive to your new residence in Oklahoma City with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable groceries and a good feeling having given the extra to those who can benefit most from it.