What to do with your food before you move

So you have packed everything, and then realized that the kitchen cupboards are still full. With your relocation approaching fast, it can be hard to figure out what to do with all the food that is piled sky high in your fridge and pantry. Throwing it all away is too wasteful, yet packing all of it and taking it with you is impossible, and giving it to your neighbors seems a little bit desperate. Thankfully, there is a solution. Take a look at what you have, and you will be able to determine where it should all go more easily. Here are a few easy tips from My International Movers on how to get rid of all that food before moving.

Evaluate what you have

Grab a notepad and a pen, and begin writing down your inventory. Place your food items into several separate categories, namely: perishables, which are basically everything in the refrigerator or freezer, canned goods, non-perishables like boxes of cereal, snacks, chips, bottled water, etc., baking and cooking supplies, and anything in glass bottles. Next, for each item, write down the expiration date and how much longer the food will remain edible.

Create a plan

After organizing what you have and noting how long each item will stay fresh, you will need to decide what to do with all that food. From your list, highlight high priority items, like perishables, and low priority items, namely cereals, snacks, and other non-perishables. Then, decide what items you should try to eat before relocating and what items you will need to donate and throw away. If you are about to go on a long-distance move, it might not make sense to load up your car with all of your canned corn. Remember that you can always buy groceries once you arrive at your new home.

Dealing with perishable items

If you and your family plan to eat all of the contents of your fridge and freezer before you move, We suggest getting inventive with recipes. Not only will you save money by not eating out, but you will also save yourself the trouble of having to throw away a lot of food. Let the rest of your family know what you plan to do before the move. Make it a game for everyone to think of fun ways to cook the leftovers in your fridge. A few ideas for what to do with your food are cooking a pot of chili, pasta dishes, sandwiches, frittatas, rice and veggies, stir fry, breakfast meals for dinner, soups, and so much more.

Pack what you want to bring with you

Chances are, you are going to want to bring a few unopened, non-perishable food items with you on the journey. Things to remember when packing the food include using small to medium-sized moving boxes, as canned goods and glass bottles may become too heavy to carry in a large box and could potentially damage what’s inside. So stick to having more small boxes instead of packing everything into one huge box. Use sturdy, resealable ziplock bags to prevent anything from leaking and spilling in your boxes. This is especially vital when packing flour, sugar, opened spices and soups. You can also use plastic containers which you can buy at your local hardware store. When packing glass containers, such as unopened mayonnaise, dijon mustard, jams, etc., make sure that you secure them in waterproof ziplock bags and properly protect them with bubble wrap before packing them in the box. If you are setting out on a local move and are going to drive yourself, we suggest that you bring a cooler with ice to store any perishables you want to keep, such as fruits, veggies, and milk. Finally, make sure you correctly label each box, so that you know where your food is once you move into your new home.

Give away non-perishable items

Any non-expired, non-perishable foods, such as canned goods, rice, and pasta, that you do not want to bring with you should be donated to your local food bank. You can choose to box them up and deliver them yourself or have your moving company do it for you. By hiring one of Move for Hunger’s moving company partners, you can be sure that those canned peas and cereal boxes will not be wasted. Move for Hunger is an organization that works with moving companies all over the country to collect unwanted food items from those who are relocating and delivers them to local food banks. The non-profit organization works with six hundred and fifty moving companies across fifty states and Canada.


Share with your friends and neighbors

If you have any perfectly good fruit and vegetables left in your fridge, share them with your friends and neighbors. Whether you cannot eat another leftover or you just do not have the time to eat everything yourself, we can promise you that there are lots of people out there who can and will. Equally, if you are not planning to bring your open handle of whiskey or your six-pack of beer with you, you can give it to your neighbors, or even better, throw a going away party and let everyone help you finish it off.

Throwing things away

Anything that you do not plan on eating, giving to friends, donating, or taking with you, should be thrown away or recycled before the relocation. This includes all expired foods, which you will not be able to donate or give away anyway. Recycle all of your glass bottles, milk containers, and cardboard containers. We recommend finding a recycling drop-off point close to your home and throwing all of your recyclable items in one go.

Prepare the food you want to take with you

Finally, do not forget about the actual moving day. In the middle of packing and organizing a move, there is a good chance that you will get hungry at some point. It is a good idea to keep a few bottles of water, some snacks, and some pre-made sandwiches on standby for your big day. You and your family will be glad you did.


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