If you’re moving, chances are you still have food in your refrigerator. While many online sources of packing tips say give or throw your food away, that may not be economically practical, especially if you have lots of food you’d like to keep. The following are some tips on how to pack your food if you’re moving from one home to another.
Eat it up!
Prior to the move, start eating as much of your perishable food that you can. While you may be tempted to eat out Friday night, if you don’t want to waste the food in your fridge, go ahead and cook that steak in the freezer instead. It’s easier to eat it now than move it later.
Throw away unwanted food
Moving is a good opportunity to throw out the foods you really don’t need to take with you. While that tub of butter may not have expired, if you’ve had I a long time or there’s only a dollop or two left, you may want to toss it and buy a new tub for your new home. Open and inspect those foil covered container and throw away anything you can live without.
If you have a deep freezer in the basement or garage full of steaks, chicken and fish, chances are you won’t want to get rid of it, especially for those who have hundreds of dollars of food in the freezer. Companies like UPS or FedEx ship perishables, but they do not guarantee your food won’t spoil. Depending on the type of shipping you select.
Seal all perishable items in an interior airtight container or plastic bag before packing them. You should send them via next day or other expedited shipping methods if possible. Use refrigerants such as gel coolants or dry ice to keep your foods cold or frozen.
Ice in a cooler
If your haul is a short one, you can pack your food in a cooler and store it in your vehicle for the move. You can use ice or dry ice for this type of move depending on the distance.
For both the shipping and self-moved coolers, be sure to use plastic containers and bags to contain any spills. As a double safety measure, put the plastic containers inside of plastic zipper bags, as plastic lids tend to pop off containers. When you pack them up, pack the frozen foods on the top of the container to keep the refrigerated food colder. When placing in your vehicle or moving truck, put your refrigerated foods in last so when you arrive at your destination, you’ll be able to quickly and easily unpack them first.
Whichever method you choose for moving your food, be sure to empty out refrigerators and freezers at least 24 hours before moving day. Keep the doors open, so the it will dry out and prevent the growth of mold and odor.
If you are using a moving company check with them in advance about their moving policies. Some movers may agree to move perishable items if they are properly packed and require no servicing, but they will not be responsible for any damages.
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