How To Pack Food (Perishable and Non-Perishable)

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How To Pack Food (Perishable and Non-Perishable)
How To Pack Food (Perishable and Non-Perishable)

Packing Food (Perishable and Non-Perishable)

One of the peskiest struggles you will face during the moving process is finding a way to pack the food you currently have in your soon to be an old house and ship it to your new lodging space. After all, you don’t want to waste all the food you have bought already. Fortunately, there are definitely ways to solve this dilemma, and even your perishable, refrigerated, and frozen items can be safely packed and stored for delivery to your new home. Just follow these tips to learn how to pack non-perishable as well as perishable food items.

Packing Non-Perishable Food Items

Packing and shipping non-perishable food items is a relatively simple process to go through. The easiest items to ship are those that are already stored in cans, jars, or other containers, such as jam and soup. Simply pack these food items into small cartons, stacking containers on top of each other if possible. Be sure to place padding and packing paper at the bottom of the carton, as well as in between any loose spaces that may occur. Finally, be sure to label the box with This Side Up label, just to be sure that your food items stay safe during the move to the new location.

Try to avoid glass jars if you can. Opt instead to invest in a set of sturdy mason jars or even just classic Tupperware.

Packing Perishable Food Items

While the easiest solution for dealing with perishable food items is to just toss them all out in the trash, this is not the most feasible option for people who rely on frozen foods, such as convenient frozen meals or stored frozen meats including fish, chicken, or steak. It would simply be a huge waste of money and resources to toss all of this edible food away.

Still, you will need to make some crucial choices in order to make space for all of your belongings that you are moving. Just as you know you cannot bring every single item in your house to your new location, you also cannot bring every single item that is in your refrigerator, freezer, and icebox if you want your move to be smooth, efficient, and successful.

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Determine What Perishable Food Is Worth The Cost Of Moving

There are some qualities that will make a food item worth the time, effort, and energy put in to move it. Ask yourself these questions when deciding whether to keep or toss an item:

  • Is it unopened?
  • Is it expensive?
  • Is it fresh?

If you can answer yes to at least one of these questions then that is a strong indicator that you should keep the food item. If you can’t give an affirmative response, toss it.

FedEx does offer perishable shipment options, as does UPS. These services do come with a fee, of course, and a high one at that. Still, it just might be worth it for certain foods that are very expensive. Refer to this helpful guide provided by FedEx.

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After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

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