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It’s time to move houses, and you booked a mover, but what about moving your food? Before you do anything, assess what you have and its value. For example, expensive balsamic vinegar your aunt gave you will be hard to replace, so keep it. It won’t take you long to do an inventory of everything in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. Then, decide the value and portability.
Skip buying food for at least a week before leaving and use up what is in your kitchen. It requires getting creative, but it’s worth it when you don’t need to throw away. Meal planning is your friend at this point.
Refer to the inventory list you took at the beginning of this article. Pair off the foods that go together to create meals. If you have open pasta sauce, cheese, and potatoes, you can make nacho baked potatoes.
Make a simple calendar for the days until your move. You’ll want one meal for each slot, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
While you might not want to try this if you’re struggling to pack in time, a farewell party is a great way to use up food and to say goodbye to your friends. Meat, fish, and seafood can be turned into a tasty buffet that your friends and family will fancy.
Take a good look at your pantry. Do you want to take all those cans and boxes with you? Probably not! Fortunately, there are tons of people who will take that food off your hands.
Food pantries and homeless shelters are often happy to receive non-perishable items. If you prefer, you can give the issues directly to others. Talk to your local church about who might be in need of some extra nourishment. You may also contact your mover, they can take care of your extra food.
Grab a sturdy garbage bag and dump everything that is leftover after packing and eating.
You can buy hard plastic boxes. The plastic will prevent any spills from leaking to the other items in the moving truck, and they work well to protect your food.
If you must package food in cardboard boxes, make sure you seal everything first. This means using zippered plastic bags to contain any leakage. Packing tape can also be very helpful. Put tape over the tops of spice containers and salt and pepper shakers to stop spillage, as well.
Put your heaviest items at the bottom of the boxes. This prevents heavy items from crushing the lighter and more delicate foods.
Keep in mind that glass bottles are more likely to break than plastic bottles. You can wrap the bottles in the newspaper.
The final meal before a big move is usually a haphazard one. To make life a little simpler, plan to finish using up your perishables before this. Then, for your final meal, order takeout.
If you have packed everything carefully, you won’t have any problems with leaks and spills. However, you better label your food boxes in big letters. This makes it simple to sort them out so you can eat once you arrive at your new residence. It will also let the movers know that the boxes contain food items.
Finally, be sure to have some packaged food and drinks on hand for moving day. You’ll get hungry at some point and having a snack will be a good idea.
The first couple of days after a move can stress even the calmest people out. You can plan to make those exhausting early days easier. Scout out new delivery restaurants by your new home on GrubHub, find some highly rated restaurants on TripAdvisor and consider setting up food delivery if you can. If you’re a coffee lover/addict, consider a coffee subscription Javaya is an excellent choice) and think about your home coffee brewing choices if you want to upgrade to a higher level off coffee happiness. For regular food delivery, check out InstaCart or Amazon Fresh to see if they service your area.
Hope you’ll find the information useful. Good luck!
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