Moving to Killeen? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In most homes, the kitchen is the most complex area to pack. Most spaces, it's easy enough to bring in a collection of boxes and place everything into them until it’s all packed up. The natural organization of the room makes it easy to sort the box contents. The kitchen, however, necessitates a unique technique for every sort of item. Even if you have moved many times and have become a professional at swaddling glassware and placing paper between plates and mixing bowls, there is always that one pressing question: What should you do with the foodstuffs still in your pantry and icebox? It would be reckless to pitch, it is many times hard to work out the best process to manage these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Packing your pantry is only a good idea a portion of the time. The most important determinants to ponder are the distance from origin to destination, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are only relocating a reasonably short distance, you might want to move everything that will go neatly because there is very little delay or danger of spoilage. For cross-country moves, however, take note of the expiration dates and only move items with more than 6 months remaining. Non-glass spice jars and new things can be packed but open canisters and cartons should be put aside. You may 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 pack, commence getting your boxes ready. Plastic tubs with sealing lids are best for food transport because cans can become too cumbersome for cardboard and plastic will block insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as tidy and snuggly packed as feasible to evade unearthing a mess when you get to your destination in Killeen. Place the items that weigh the most on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items tightly 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 cut-up cardboard box to keep everything upright and secure. Designate the box as breakable so there is no confusion with your movers when they load it into the moving van. Provided only nonperishable food items are in your pantry box and all items are sealed, it should be okay to transport with the rest of the boxes, but it’s definitely a good 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 point to think about is that things in the fridge can and will spoil if they are not taken care of accurately. For the most part, refrigerator goods are only taken from Point A to Point B if the move requires less than 2 hours of driving. But, it is reasonable to not want to throw out a freezer full of food and any residual staples on moving day, but you'll have to transport it in your own vehicle. Moving companies don’t take items that can go bad. To move your refrigerator foods, first, be sure the fridge and freezer at the new home are turned on and working properly. Then, it will be okay to pack up your items from the fridge and freezer into a large ice chest that is about half-filled with ice. Take the items over to the new residence, put in the fridge, and bask in not having to go to the grocery store on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Finally, there is the issue of how to manage any foodstuffs you cannot or do not elect to take with you. There are numerous charities that would be happy to accept the food that you don’t want 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 an entire pantry full of non-perishables, consider donating what you do not 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 the country. Click here or on the picture above to find out more! Nearly everyone moving from Point A to Point B has something leftover in their pantry, even if you tried your hardest to cook up leftovers. Understanding when to pack, which items can be packed, and when to donate is an important portion of the moving process. With the right amount of organization, you can arrive to your new residence in Killeen with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable groceries and a tranquil feeling having provided the extra to those who can benefit most from it.