Moving to Denver? When and How to Pack Your Pantry 05/03/2018In many homes, the kitchen is the most complex room to pack. Most areas, it's straightforward enough to bring in a bunch of boxes and put everything into them until the room is empty. The natural arrangement of the space makes it simple to pack things up. The kitchen, be that as it may, calls for a different process for every kind of item. Regardless if you have moved many times and have become a professional at wrapping glassware and putting paper between platters and mixing bowls, there is always that one burning question: What should you do about the food which is in your cupboard and refrigerator? It would be wasteful to trash, it is many times difficult to determine the best method to deal with these pantry leftovers. When to Pack Your Pantry Packing your pantry is only a fit idea a portion of the time. The most critical elements to think about are the length of the move, the safety of the food items, and the expiration dates. If you are only relocating a fairly short distance, you will be able to move all of the things that will transport nicely because there is very little delay or opportunity for spoilage. For interstate moves, however, take a look at expiration dates and only pack items with more than 6 months left. Non-glass spice jars and unopened containers can be packed but open packages and jars should be set to the side. You might also want to weigh in your mind the cost of moving inexpensive 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, start preparing your boxes. Plastic boxes with sealing lids are ideal for food transport because cans may be too cumbersome for cardboard and plastic will deter insect infestation. Keep your pantry box as tidy and snuggly packed as achievable to avert discovering a mess when you get to your destination in Denver. Put 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 containers of food or ingredients. You can even use dividers made of plastic or a cut-up cardboard box to to make sure everything is upright and secure. Mark the box as breakable so there is no confusion with your movers when they load it up. Provided only nonperishable containers are in your pantry box and all items are sealed, it should be okay to transport with the rest of the boxes, but it is certainly a good idea to double check with your moving company concerning what can and can’t be put in the moving van. What About the Fridge? The first detail to acknowledge is that foodstuffs in the fridge can and will go bad if they are not managed properly. Generally, refrigerator foods are only moved if the move entails fewer than a couple hours of driving. But, it's reasonable to not want to throw out a freezer full of food and any excess groceries on moving day, but you'll have to transport it in your own vehicle. Moving companies do not take perishables. To move your fridge foods, first, make sure the fridge and freezer at the new home are on and working properly. Then, it will be acceptable to pack up your refrigerator and freezer foods 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 go grocery shopping on moving day. Donating Your Pantry Goods Lastly, there is the question of what to do with the items you can't or do not choose to transport with you. There are numerous charities that will be joyous to accept the food that you don’t want and get it onto the plates of those who don’t have enough. Food donation is a critical variety of local charity, so no matter if you have a few boxes of dry pasta or an entire pantry full of non-perishables, consider donating what you do not need or cannot 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 learn more! Nearly everyone moving from house to house has things leftover in their pantry, even if you tried your hardest to cook up everything. Acknowledging when to pack, which items can be packed, and when to donate is an important part of the moving process. With the right amount of organization, you can get to your new residence in Denver with the maximum number of safely packed non-perishable food items and a good feeling having donated the extra to those who can benefit most from it.