Often food is considered to be the last thing that comes to the mind of the property owners while they prepare for a move. But this actually has a big impact on different aspects of the moving plan. During a move, people often face the stress and rush of getting things done in the best possible manner and to do these, they forget the food items stored in the pantry, refrigerator or even those items, which are overstocked. Often, moving food items to the new kitchen from the old one can be really challenging in case you fail to put some thoughts in that process. It is not a good idea to throw out all the food items while moving as in case stored properly, you can even use those later in your new kitchen. But before everything, you need to be aware of the food items, which are safe to carry and which are recommended to throw away. RMagazine is one of the sources from where people can get a complete guide on storing food items properly. But for now, to help you out, this article can be your guide:
Moving frozen food items- guide to follow:
So, the main thing here is to be aware of what food items should be packed and which should not. For the purpose of food safety, it is not at all recommended to attempt to transport cold items. Food items like defrosted meats, frozen foods, open condiments, eggs and other cold items must not be transported in the move. It is because while moving, these items will be kept at a normal temperature and therefore there is a chance to grow bacteria as germs and bacteria can grow anywhere between 41-135°F. Therefore, in the food industry, a great amount of testing and infrastructure is dedicated to avoiding this specific zone.
In some cases, people attempt to move the frozen food items for really short moves. But it is actually difficult to move things like this by using a cooler. Even if one does then it is necessary to carry a thermometer as while moving these food items need to remain colder than 40°F. But in case the temperature increases, then the contents must be thrown out and should not be consumed. Now the question is how to move the frozen items by using a cooler? The answer is that in case you are planning to move with a cooler, then you need to separate different food items first like uncooked meat, cooked meat, cheese and different types of meat by using different plastic bags.
Preserving other food items:
So, which are the things that can be brought safely while moving to a new place? The answer is dried food items like crackers, cereals and pasta, spices, chips or sealed beverages, sugar and flour in the sealed packages, cans and sealed jars are some of the things that can be carried while moving. But there is no requirement of over packing all these boxes. But in case you are moving with a professional mover, then, in this case, you must ask for the suggestions and policies of them for packing.
In case you have some fruits or vegetables in your freezer that you want to carry with you, then you must try to preserve the fruits or vegetables properly as per the instructions before carrying.
Always make the last grocery shopping at least 2 weeks before the final move and don’t forget to follow the guides mentioned in food safety and travel preparation to pack the items properly for the move.
To be extra safe, people often choose to throw out loads of food items while moving. But carrying some food item is essential as you may need to consume something immediately after moving. Therefore, it is necessary to pack snacks items, especially in case you have any elderly people, diabetics, hungry kids or pregnant women, who need regular sustenance. So, while allowed adequate time to get prepared, make sure you carry some travel safe food items like nuts, popcorns, dried food items or energy bars.
Here are some tips that you can follow to store the dry food items:
- Always try to carry the dry food items in the sealed containers or bags. Packing things this way will help to keep things safe while preventing the items from falling down by accident.
- Don’t store food items in any containers, which were used earlier to store any household chemicals
- Don’t store the food items near any chemical products or cleaning products while traveling
- Don’t keep the food items loose as this will encourage ants and other pests to grow in these things
- Check the container before storing the dry food items. The container needs to be dry enough.
- There are some food items that need to be kept inside the fridge once the pack is opened. So, it is better to thoroughly follow the storage instructions mentioned on the label.
In a post published in RMagazine namely The Basics of Food Safety: Guidelines to Prevent Foodborne Illnessess, it has been mentioned how much important it is to maintain proper food safety along with some effective tips to do it. You can also go through these points to ensure proper storage of different types of food items while moving.
The impact of consuming food items, which are not properly stored:
Foodborne illness is pretty common these days. Though people don’t like to get sick in the ways, which are preventable, but still millions of people get sick every year for consuming contaminated food. In most of the cases, the symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting. Besides, in some cases, the effects can be really serious as well. Hepatitis A, E. Coli, and Salmonella are some of the life-threatening and severe bacteria, which mostly depend on the vulnerability of people. Therefore, elderly people, people with some severe illnesses and the pregnant women need to be careful while consuming foods, which are not properly stored.
This article was written Courtesy of the Student Movers – Movers in Orange County.
Hans is the outreach director at Student Movers. Student Movers is a premier moving company located in Orange County California that provides moving services throughout California.