Moving to Tulsa? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In almost every home, the kitchen is the most involved area to pack. Many spaces, it is simple enough to bring in a collection of boxes and place everything into them until there is nothing left in the room. The natural organization of the space allows for simple boxing up of items. The kitchen, however, necessitates a special technique for every type of item. No matter you have moved lots of times and have become an expert at packing glassware and stacking paper between plates and mixing bowls, there is always that one pressing question: What should you do about the food that is in your pantry and refrigerator? It would be reckless to throw it out, it's often hard to figure out the best way to tackle these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Packing your pantry is only a good idea a portion of the time. The most crucial aspects to consider are the distance from origin to destination, the safety of the food items, and the expiration dates. If you are just going a reasonably short distance, you can move all of the things that will transport neatly because there is very little lag or opportunity for spoilage. For cross-country moves, however, take a look at expiration dates and only pack things with more than half a year left. Non-glass spice jars and unopened things may be packed but open packages and jars should be set to the side. You might also want to weigh in your mind the cost of moving low-priced canned goods when added to a cross-country move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box After you know what in your pantry you are going to move, commence getting your boxes ready. Plastic containers with snapping lids are best for food storage because cans could become too cumbersome for cardboard and plastic will block insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as neat and snuggly packed as possible to evade unearthing a mess when you get to your destination in Tulsa. Stack the heaviest items on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items firmly against each other. Use sealable 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 load it up. If 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’s certainly a smart idea to double check with your moving company concerning what can and can’t be loaded on the truck. What About the Fridge? The first detail to think about is that things in the refrigerator can and will go bad if they are not taken care of correctly. Generally, refrigerator foods are only moved if the move involves fewer than two hours of driving. But, it's understandable 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 do not manage perishables. To move your refrigerator foods, first, make positive the fridge and freezer at the new location are turned on and working. Then, it will be okay to pack up your items from the fridge and freezer into a large cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Transport the items over to the new house, put in the fridge, and enjoy not having to grocery shop on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Finally, there is the issue of how to handle the foodstuffs you can't or do not decide to move with you. There are places that will be glad to accept the food that you don’t want and get it onto the plates of those who don’t have enough. Food donation is a critical variety of local charity, so whether you have a few boxes of Rice-a-Roni or a whole pantry full of non-perishables, ponder donating what you don’t need or cannot move 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 country. Click here or on the picture above to learn more! Nearly everyone moving from Point A to Point B has food leftover in their cupboard, even if you attempted to use up leftovers. Knowing when to pack, what food can be packed, and when to contemplate donating is a crucial element of the moving process. With the right tactics, you can arrive to your new home in Tulsa with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable foodstuffs and a peaceful feeling having provided the extra to those who can benefit most from it.