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Tips for packing perishables for the move


As the relocation imminently approaches, a thought has crossed your mind: now might be an appropriate time to start packing. You, my friend, are not wrong. Surely enough, packing square shaped and light items should not present a special challenge. Bedroom, bathroom and living room ought to be easy enough to manage. However, the kitchen can cause a bit of a headache. And, just as you’ve managed to fit your frying pan, coffee machine and tongs into one box, you get the feeling that something has slipped your mind. The box of joy and comfort, your fridge. More specifically, its contents. Maybe you can throw something away, but surely not all of it. Luckily, this article has come just in time. In it, we will show you the proper way of packing perishables for the move.

When packing perishables for the move, one must be properly informed

You see, when packing perishables for the move, you must be mindful of the restrictions. However dear you might hold your ham, certain companies will simply decline to move it along with your other prized possessions. If you are moving less than 150 miles, chances are good that you will be able to bring your food along for the ride. However, any longer than that might require some adjustments coming from your side. That is to say, you might end up needing to toss something away.

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Do not let the tossing of the food lead you into despair. It’s all for a greater good.

Your most dreaded chore

We know how difficult it can be to part from a fridge full of unopened, expensive food. Emptying a freezer stocked with hundreds of dollars worth of frozen meals as well as a large basement icebox loaded with frozen steaks, chicken, and fish surely sounds like a tragedy. Of course, you should eat what you can. However, one is limited to the amount of time he or she has to digest it all. So, we come down to the task none of us enjoy in – tossing of food. Mind you, it doesn’t have to be a whole bunch. A lot of it can be donated or gifted to people in need.

As for the items that are near the expiration date, or are nearly empty or finished, they ought to find their place in the trash can. Nearly empty tubs of butter or bottles of ketchup, leftovers, and opened cartons of milk or juice are probably not worth the hassle of transporting to your new home. Only unopened, costly, or fresh food is really worth the time and the money needed for the move.

Helping you in your decision

To make your choice easier, here’s what you can take with you:

Multicolored spiral pasta
The goal is to keep the food from spilling. Seal every box to the best of your possibilities.
  • Dry goods. Open boxes of dried or powdered foods such as rice, macaroni, and cereals should be closed and carefully sealed with tape. Small bags of herbs and spices, condiments, flavorings, etc. should be packed in a small box before they go into a large carton.
  • Canned goods. It goes without saying that these have not been previously opened. It’s worth noting that you should only bring the ones you deem worthy of the cost. Canned goods can be heavy, thus making the transporting costs significantly higher than replacement costs.
  • Frozen goods. When you hire cheap movers Brooklyn, see if they are willing to transport these along with your other perishables.

Your trustworthy friend

When packing perishables for the move, it’s good to have the length of your trip in mind. If you have a longer road ahead, renting a safe moving truck in Brooklyn can be the solution to your problem. As long as you check with the moving company that they oblige, of course. However, if your move is that of a  shorter and more local nature, opting for a DIY transfer of your goods might be a better option. For such an undertaking, no one can beet the cooler. Now is the time for your trustworthy friend to pay off its original cost. While do cooler does its job during the trip, you have your own obligations prior to the move. It is of utmost importance that you make sure everything is tightly sealed and closed. Any package with contents that may spill should be first covered with plastic foil. Only after that comes the original top of the container.

How does one pack a cooler?

So, you have your goods all sealed in an airtight container or plastic bag, ready to be stored. Make sure that your cooler is clean and dry before you start loading it. If it isn’t, try to clean it with as little chemicals as possible. After you’ve finished, proceed with placing items with bags of ice or ice packs inside the cooler. You want to insert refrigerated items first, laying them on top of those ice packs.

Products that are frozen should go on top. Such action will help keep the rest of the food cooler for a longer period of time. It is your goal for the temperature to remain as low as possible, and this does the trick. In addition, try your best to fit as many items as you can inside the cooler. The rule goes: the fuller the cooler, the longer it will maintain its temperature. When placing it in your vehicle, make sure to put it last. This makes the cooler easy to access. You will then be quick to bring it into your new home and unpack it as soon as possible.

Frozen blueberries.
Frozen goods are great for packing perishables for the move.

Last alternative

Know that you can also pay companies like UPS or FedEx to ship them instead. A disclaimer, however, is obligatory at this point. These companies are not liable for spoiled products. The process of packing perishables for the move in this situation is a bit more complicated, but give it a shot:

  • Your items should go in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag. This will maintain their freshness before shipping.
  • These containers further go inside a larger box foam box with thicker, insulated walls in order to maintain the temperature.
  • The box should be filled with refrigerants such as gel coolants or dry ice, in order to keep the food cold. You must keep dry ice outside of any airtight containers for it can rupture or cause an explosion.
  • Place the foam box inside a larger box, and fill it with bubble wrap or packing paper, in order to keep the food stationary.
  • Wrap the box with waterproof packing tape.
  • Label the box with “perishable” and “keep refrigerated”.

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