Moving to Dallas? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In almost every home, the kitchen is the most complex space to pack. Many rooms, it is easy enough to bring in a assortment of boxes and place everything into them until there is nothing left in the room. The natural flow of the room makes it easy to sort the box contents. The kitchen, be that as it may, necessitates a unique process for every kind of item. Even if you have moved several times and have become a practiced pro at wrapping glassware and placing paper between platters and serving bowls, there is still that one pressing question: What should you do with the foodstuffs still in your pantry and icebox? It would be uneconomical to throw it out, it is often difficult to determine the best method to tackle these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Packing your pantry is only a sound idea some of the time. The most critical aspects to ponder are the length of the move, the safety of the food items, and the expiration dates. If you are only going a fairly short distance, you will be able to take all of the things that will go neatly because there is very little lag or risk of spoilage. For long-distance trips, on the other hand, take a look at expiration dates and only plan on taking things with more than 6 months before the item expires. Non-glass spice jars and closed containers can be packed but open packages and bags should be set aside. You might also want to think about the cost of taking low-priced canned goods when added to a long-haul move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box Once you know what in your pantry you are going to take with you, begin preparing your boxes. Plastic boxes with snapping lids are ideal for food transport because cans can be too cumbersome for cardboard and plastic will inhibit insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as orderly and snuggly packed as achievable to evade unearthing a mess when you arrive in Dallas. Put the items that weigh the most on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items firmly against each other. Use sealable bags and Tupperware to seal open containers of food or ingredients. You can even use dividers made of plastic or a pieces of cardboard box to to make sure everything is upright and secure. Designate the box as breakable so there is no confusion with your movers when they put it in the truck. If only nonperishable containers are in your pantry box and everything is sealed, it should be safe 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 cannot be loaded in the moving van. What About the Fridge? The first detail to remember is that things in the refrigerator can and will go bad if they are not taken care of correctly. Usually, refrigerator goods are only moved if the move involves fewer than 2 hours of driving. However, it is understandable to not want to pitch everything in your freezer and any remaining staples on moving day, but you'll need to plan on moving them in your car. Moving companies don’t take food that can spoil. To move your fridge foods, first, be sure the fridge and freezer at the new location are turned on and working properly. Then, it will be safe to pack up your items from the fridge and freezer into a large ice chest that is about half-filled with ice. Drive the items over to the new house, load in the fridge, and bask in not having to go grocery shopping on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Finally, there’s the question of what to do with any foodstuffs you cannot or don't decide to transport with you. There are numerous food banks that would be joyous to take the extra food off your hands and get it passed out to those in need. 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 a whole pantry full of non-perishables, think about donating what you don’t need or can’t move to your new home. 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 North America. Click here or on the picture above to find out more! Nearly everyone moving from home to home has something left in their pantry, even if you did your best to use up leftovers. Understanding when to pack, which items can be packed, and when to contemplate donating is a crucial part of the moving process. With the right amount of organization, you can get to your new home in Dallas with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable foodstuffs and a peaceful feeling having given the extra to those who can benefit most from it.