Moving to El Paso? When and How to Pack Your Pantry

Packing Your Pantry for a MoveIn almost every home, the kitchen is the most complicated room to pack. Many areas, it's straightforward enough to bring in a collection of boxes and put everything into them until it’s all packed up. The natural flow of the room makes it easy to sort the box contents. The kitchen, be that as it may, necessitates a different procedure for every kind of item. Even if you have moved many times and have become a practiced pro at packing glassware and putting paper between platters and mixing bowls, there is still that one burning question: What should you do with the foodstuffs which is in your cupboard and icebox?

It would be uneconomical to pitch, it's often hard to determine the best method to tackle these pantry leftovers.

When to Pack Your Pantry

Moving the items from your pantry is only a fit idea some of the time. The most crucial aspects to consider are the mileage from Point A to Point B, the safety of the food items, and the expiration dates. If you are only relocating a very short distance, you might want to pack all of the things that will transport cleanly because there is very little lag or risk of spoilage. For cross-country moves, however, check out the expiration dates and only plan on taking food with more than 6 months remaining. Non-glass spice jars and unopened items can be packed but open canisters and cartons should be set aside. You might also want to consider the cost of moving inexpensive canned goods when added to a cross-country move.

Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box

After you have set aside what you are going to take with you, start getting your boxes ready. Plastic containers with snapping lids are wonderful for food transport because cans can become too weighty for cardboard and plastic will block insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as neat and tightly packed as possible to avert finding a mess when you arrive in El Paso.

Place the bulkiest 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. If you find it useful, use dividers made of plastic or a cut-up cardboard box to keep everything upright and secure. Label the box as delicate so there is no confusion with your movers when they load it into the moving van. If only nonperishable items are in your pantry box and all items are sealed, it should be allowable to transport with the remainder of the boxes, but it’s always a good idea to double check with your moving company on what can and can’t be loaded in the moving van.

What About the Fridge?

The first detail to remember is that foods in the fridge can and will go bad if they are not dealt with accurately. Generally, refrigerator items are only moved if the move involves fewer than a couple hours of driving. That said, it's understandable to not want to pitch a freezer full of food and any uneaten groceries on moving day, but you will have to transport it in your car. Moving companies do not take food that can spoil.

To move your icebox items, first, be positive the fridge and freezer at the new location are turned on and cooling properly. Then, it should be acceptable to pack up your refrigerator and freezer foods into a large ice chest that is about half-filled with ice. Take the items over to the new house, load in the fridge, and relish in not having to grocery shop on moving day.

Donating Your Pantry Goods

Move for Hunger LogoFinally, there’s the problem of how to handle any foodstuffs you cannot or don't elect to transport with you. There are numerous charities that will be joyous to take the extra food off your hands and get it distributed to those who don’t have enough. Food donation is one of the most important types of local charity, so no matter if you have a few packages of mac & cheese or an entire pantry full of non-perishables, consider donating what you don’t need or can’t take to your new home. A-1 Freeman Moving Group proudly has joined with 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 Point A to Point B has something leftover in their pantry, even if you did your best to cook up leftovers. Acknowledging when to pack, what can be packed, and when to donate is an important component of the moving process. With the right tactics, you can get to your new residence in El Paso with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable food items and a good feeling having given the extra to those who can benefit most from it.