Moving to Tulsa? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In many homes, the kitchen is the most complicated space to pack. Most rooms, it is easy enough to bring in a bunch of boxes and place everything into them until the room is empty. The natural arrangement of the room allows for simple boxing up of items. The kitchen, on the other hand, calls for a unique process for every type of item. Regardless if you have moved several times and have become an expert at swaddling glassware and stacking paper between plates and serving bowls, there is always that one nagging question: What should you do with the items still in your cupboard and icebox? It would be wasteful to throw it out, it's often tough to figure out the best process to manage these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Moving your pantry is only a sound idea part of the time. The most important components to ponder are the length of the move, the safety of the foodstuffs, and the expiration dates. If you are just going a rather short distance, you will be able to pack everything that will go nicely because there's very little lag or danger of spoilage. For interstate moves, however, take a look at expiration dates and only plan on taking things with more than half a year before the item expires. Non-glass spice jars and closed containers can be packed but open containers and bags should be put aside. You may also want to weigh in your mind the cost of taking low-priced canned goods when added to a long distance move. Packing a No-Spills Pantry Box Once you have set aside what you are going to take with you, commence preparing your boxes. Plastic boxes with snapping lids are wonderful for food storage because cans could be too cumbersome for cardboard and plastic will inhibit insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as orderly and tightly packed as possible to avert discovering a mess when you get to your destination in Tulsa. Place the items that weigh the most on the bottom and line up any squared-off or boxed items tightly against each other. Use Zip-lock bags and Tupperware to seal open containers of food or ingredients. You might find it useful to 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 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 move with the remainder of the boxes, but it’s always a smart idea to double check with your moving company on what can and cannot be put on the moving truck. What About the Fridge? The first detail to think about is that foodstuffs in the fridge can and will spoil if they are not taken care of correctly. Generally, refrigerator goods are only moved if the move entails fewer than a couple hours of driving. However, it's understandable to not want to pitch a freezer full of food and any residual staples on moving day, but you will need to plan on moving them in your own vehicle. Moving companies do not take items that can go bad. To move your refrigerator foods, first, make sure the fridge and freezer at the new home are on and cooling properly. Then, it should be okay to pack up your items from the fridge and freezer into a big cooler that is about half-filled with ice. Transport 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 Lastly, there is the issue of what to do with any foodstuffs you cannot or don't decide to transport with you. There are numerous charities that would be happy to accept the food that you don’t want and get it distributed to those in need. Food donation is a crucial type of local charity, so whether you have a few boxes of Rice-a-Roni or a whole pantry full of non-perishables, ponder donating what you do not want or cannot transport to your new house. 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 North America. Click here or on the picture above to learn more! Every person moving from house to house has something remaining in their pantry, even if you attempted to cook up everything. Acknowledging when to pack, which items can be packed, and when to donate is a vital element of the moving process. With the correct tactics, you can arrive to your new home in Tulsa 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.