Perhaps the most challenging aspect of moving house is packing up what you’ve got in the kitchen. Moving house can be expensive at the best of times, and nobody wants to see good food go to waste, so what’s the best way to move food products safely, and cleanly, from one property to another?

As the top removal company in Cambridge, we are known for providing quality residential removals. In addition to this, we provide expert advice on the moving process, like our moving house checklist, which we recommend for anyone thinking about relocating. However, in this article, we will cover our top tips to make packing up food for your move a little less of a hassle:

Create a list of inventory

If you are wondering what to do with your food when moving, you should start by creating an inventory list. This list should include:

  • All the food you have
  • Their expiry date
  • How important it is to bring with you to your new home

You will be able to use this list to figure out what meals you can cook with the items you currently have available and what food you will need to bring with you when you move. The list can even help remind you of what food to buy when you arrive at your new home.

Cook it or chuck it

Make sure you cook anything that is about to expire the week leading up to your move. Anything due to expire isn’t worth holding onto.

If you have the time available, you can prep meals by cooking them in advance and then storing them in the fridge. This saves you time as you will only need to reheat them for a short period, which can let you focus on your final days at your old home before you move.

Use a food bank

If you are planning to chuck your food away, don’t bin it all. Currently, food banks are urgently looking for:

  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tinned fish
  • Pasta sauce
  • Rice pudding
  • Sugar
  • Juice
  • Crisps
  • Oil
  • Biscuits
  • Coffee

Anything with a long shelf life will be accepted by a food bank. On top of this, if you have any unwanted toiletries, household items, feminine products or baby supplies, these can be donated too.

Handle canned food with care

You might be interested in bringing your canned food with you as typically they can take years to expire. Although we do recommend it, you should be aware of the dangers of dented cans. Cans that are heavily dented or dented along the seams pose a huge threat to your well-being and can cause life-threatening food poisoning. Therefore, you need to handle them with care when you move them to your new home and check when unpacking that they are not damaged.

Forget bringing easily perishable food

If you are desperate to move the food inside your freezer or refrigerator, use a cooler. With a cooler, you can delay the time it takes for items to thaw out or come to room temperature.

If your journey to your new home will take you a number of hours you should avoid bringing foods that need to be stored in a freezer. Additionally, you shouldn’t plan on bringing any food that will spoil shortly after being taken out of the fridge.

Dairy, meat, fish and any cooked meals are dangerous to eat after being left out for longer than 2 hours at room temperature. This length of time is reduced to an hour when the place it is being stored in is warmer than 31 degrees Celsius.

Bring your essentials

Pantry basics like flour, sugar, rice, and pasta are fairly hard-wearing, but their packaging isn’t. Paper and plastic bags (especially ones already opened) tend to split in transit, so invest in some clip-top plastic boxes or heavy-duty freezer bags to protect them on the move.

Get organised!

In general, organise your food into a few labelled clip-top plastic boxes or coolers, but make sure you are not filling them up to the extent they are too heavy. You can do this by limiting one heavy item per container.

If you overfill a container, you risk damaging the bottom or sides. This could result in you breaking or losing your food items, so be careful how you store them.

Protect your bottles

Whether it’s wine, spirits, or extra virgin olive oil, glass bottles will need extra protection for the trip. If it’s only a few choice bottles, it’s worth investing in wine boxes or bottle postage packages. For larger collections, remember to reinforce your boxes. Don’t worry about going overboard on the bubble wrap or packing peanuts.

Packing up your belongings

Cambridge Removals are always happy to help you with your packing needs, whether your belongings are going with you or heading into storage. We are fast, and efficient and have over 50 years of experience under our belts, so you can rest assured that you’ll be out on time. Get in touch today at 01223 882 118, we are always happy to help with your move!