When moving house, it’s essential to pack food properly to ensure it remains safe, fresh, and free from contamination during transportation. Here are some tips on how to best pack food when moving:
Sort and Purge:
Before packing, go through your pantry and refrigerator to sort through the food items. Discard any expired or perishable items that you don’t plan to consume before the move.
Use Sealed Containers:
For dry goods like grains, cereals, and snacks, transfer them into sealed, airtight containers to prevent spillage and keep them fresh during the move.
Wrap Bottles and Jars:
To prevent leaks and spills, place plastic wrap or a piece of plastic bag over the opening of bottles and jars before resealing the lids.
Refrigerated and Frozen Foods:
For perishable items in the refrigerator or freezer, try to consume or give them away before moving day. For items that you must take with you, use a cooler with ice packs to keep them cold during transportation. Be sure to pack the cooler last so that you can unpack it first at your new home.
Pack Canned Goods Carefully:
Canned goods are sturdy, but avoid over-packing boxes with heavy cans. Use smaller boxes for canned items and fill any empty spaces with packing paper or bubble wrap to prevent shifting.
Keep Similar Items Together:
Group similar food items together in boxes to make unpacking and organizing easier in your new kitchen.
Avoid Mixing Food with Non-Food Items:
Keep food items separate from cleaning supplies, chemicals, and other non-food items during packing.
Label Boxes Clearly:
Clearly label boxes containing food items as “Food” or “Kitchen” to identify them easily during unpacking.
Pack Spices Securely:
If you’re taking spices with you, ensure their containers are tightly sealed, and pack them in a small, separate box to avoid any contamination.
Avoid Glass Containers if Possible:
If you have the option, avoid packing food items in glass containers, as they can break during transit. Use plastic or other durable containers instead.
Use Bubble Wrap or Packing Paper:
For fragile food items, like glass jars or delicate snacks, wrap them in bubble wrap or packing paper to provide extra protection.
Transport Snacks and Quick Meals:
Keep a separate bag or box with non-perishable snacks and quick meal options, such as museli bars, nuts, and ready-to-eat items, for easy access during the move.
Don’t Pack Opened Containers:
Avoid packing open food containers, as they are more likely to spill and cause a mess during transportation.
Remember that some food items may not be suitable for transport, especially perishable items that could spoil quickly. Whenever possible, try to consume or donate such items before the move to reduce waste and ensure a smooth packing process.
Here at Hitchens we not only have our Box Shop for all your packing needs but we can also answer any of your questions regarding food packing. Good luck and happy packing!