Moving to El Paso? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In 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 there is nothing left in the room. The natural organization of the room makes it easy to sort the box contents. The kitchen, be that as it may, necessitates a special process for every kind of item. No matter you have moved many times and have become a practiced pro at packing glassware and putting newsprint between platters and mixing bowls, there is still that one burning question: What should you do with the items which is in your cupboard and refrigerator? It would be reckless to trash, 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 sound idea some of the time. The most critical elements 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 rather 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, take note of the expiration dates and only plan on taking food with more than six months left. Non-glass spice jars and unopened things can be packed but open canisters and cartons should be set aside. You might also want to consider the cost of taking 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 tubs with snapping lids are ideal for food transport because cans can become too weighty for cardboard and plastic will inhibit 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 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. 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 okay 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 correctly. Generally, refrigerator items are only packed for a move if the move involves fewer than a couple hours of driving. That said, it's understandable to not want to trash a freezer full of food and any uneaten groceries on moving day, but you will need to plan on moving them in your car. Moving companies do not manage food that can spoil. To move your fridge 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 Finally, there’s the problem of what to do with any foodstuffs you cannot or don't decide to move 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 Rice-a-Roni or an entire pantry full of non-perishables, consider donating what you don’t need or can’t take to your new residence. A-1 Freeman Moving Group proudly takes part 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! Nearly everyone moving from house to house has something remaining in their pantry, even if you tried your hardest 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.