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How to Pack Non-Perishable Food

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Planning a move? You may not have even considered what to do with your kitchen full of food. While packing and moving perishable food is difficult and usually not worth it, boxing up your non-perishables to take to your new home is pretty simple.

Throw away what's expired

Moving is a great excuse to throw away unnecessary items--such as the expired food hiding in the back of your pantry. Check the dates on everything in your cupboards, being sure to throw out open food that's stale or bags of chips with not much more than a few lingering crumbs.

Use up as much as you can

The more you pack and drag with you, the higher your moving costs will be. Eliminate as much food as you can in the weeks leading up to your move by using it up! Quit grocery shopping and focus on creating meals and recipes using what's in your cabinets and fridge. The more you eat up, the less you'll be forced to throw away or move--saving you money on both ends.

Packing what's left:

Gather the proper materials for packing your non-perishable food, such as:
  • Packing paper or unprinted newsprint
  • Small cartons (1.5 cubic square feet)
  • Medium cartons (three cubic square feet)
  • Plastic bags
  • Packing tape
  • Marker
Pack your canned and jarred foods in small cartons, because they are heavier. If you over pack medium cartons with heavy items, they may become too difficult to carry.

Simply stack the cans in the carton and use crumpled packing paper to fill in any gaps and keep the cans stationary. Tape the box securely and label it with its contents.

Wrap glass jars in packing paper and place them in a small carton padded/lined with packing paper for cushioning.  Make sure all lids are tightly secured before packing! Tape the carton securely and label it clearly--"fragile" and "this end up."

Dry foods are much lighter and can be packed in fewer medium cartons. Be sure to secure any open boxes or bags, and place them into plastic bags before packing in the carton. Fill in any gaps with crushed paper. Tape the cartons securely and label with contents.

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on February 17, 2016 - Moving Expert
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