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 pack 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, calls for a different procedure for every type of item. Regardless if you have moved lots of times and have become a professional at swaddling glassware and placing paper between plates and serving bowls, there is always that one nagging question: What should you do with the food that is in your pantry and refrigerator? It would be reckless to pitch, it is often difficult to figure out the best process to manage these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Packing your pantry is only a good idea some of the time. The most crucial determinants to consider 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 all of the things that will go nicely because there is very little time that will lapse or opportunity for spoilage. For long-distance trips, however, take note of the expiration dates and only move items with more than 6 months before the item expires. Non-glass spice jars and unopened things may be packed but open containers and cartons 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 know what in your pantry you are going to move, begin preparing your boxes. Plastic boxes with sealing lids are best for food transport because cans may be too weighty for cardboard and plastic will inhibit insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as tidy and tightly packed as feasible to avoid discovering 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 can even use dividers made of plastic or a cut-up cardboard box to keep everything upright and secure. Designate the box as fragile so there is no confusion with your movers when they put it in the truck. If only nonperishable 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 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 detail to remember is that things in the refrigerator can and will spoil if they are not managed accurately. Usually, refrigerator items are only moved if the move requires less than a couple hours of driving. That said, it is reasonable 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 destination 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 home, put in the fridge, and enjoy not having to go grocery shopping on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Finally, there is the issue of how to handle the foodstuffs you can't or don't elect to move with you. There are places that would be joyous to take the extra food off your hands and get it distributed to those who don’t have enough. Food donation is a crucial type of local charity, so no matter if you have a few packages of dry pasta or a complete pantry full of non-perishables, ponder 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 leftover 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 think about donation is an important portion of the moving process. With the right approach, you can arrive to your new house in Oklahoma City with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable groceries and a good feeling having donated the extra to those who can benefit most from it.