How to Avoid Food Wastage When Moving 

Juliet D'cruz

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The process of shifting one’s apartment involves many boxes to tick, and people tend to end up messing up with essential tasks. 

One such task is what to do with the current food supplies in your kitchen? Do you think it’s right to toss food fit for consumption in the trash bin when millions of people worldwide sleep on an empty stomach?

So, what to do? Should you consume it all? Give them to the neighbour next door? Or donate it to a needy segment of society. 

Read on to know what you can do with food when moving.

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#1. Inspect the Supplies

First, you have to think about the food supplies before moving out, so you can do something about them. 

Figure out which food supplies you’ve in your house, check the kitchen cupboards, fridge, basement, freezer, pantry, etc. 

Note down all the inventory on a notebook. Then, you’ve to sort out your supplies into refrigerated foods, bottled food items, cooking supplies, canned food, and frozen foods. 

Also, make a note of the quantity. 

#2. Deal With Expired Stuff

Time does fly, and before you know it, certain food supplies have been way past their expiry date. 

So, dispose of the expired food products into a separate cupboard or the trash. 

Do not consume or donate food items like jam bottles beyond their expiry date. 

#3. The Perishable Food Items

What to do with perishable food products? You’ve already thrown away food, not fit for consumption, now you must have a workable plan to deal with all the perishable food items in the house.

The whole bit of taking care of food supplies when moving is to save money and reduce food wastage. 

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So, use the perishable food before the moving day: 

  • Reduce your grocery store visit in the last few days, and concentrate on what you’ve in the kitchen. 
  • Invite your friends over for dinner. 
  • Make sure you keep enough food supplies to pack some sandwiches to keep your family’s tummy full on the moving day. 

The most important thing to keep in mind is that you can’t transport perishable food products. 

Only, you can tag along with canned food items, bottled juices, those have been never opened. Make sure you label the food boxes separately so that your removalist can handle them with care.  

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#4. See If Your Neighbours Want Any of Your Food Items

Here’s the thing, when you are moving interstate, you probably won’t be able to take all the food supplies found in your house. And, you shouldn’t, as it increases your moving expenses, as most moving companies charge as per the weight of the shipment. 

So, why you should bother yourself with the additional burden of packing and unpacking such food items.

Ask your neighbour next door or friends to take some of the food supplies you’re intended to take along. Just show them huge supplies of both perishable and non-perishable food supplies, and request to help themselves. After all, your goal is to minimize food wastage. 

#5. Donating Non-Perishable Food Items

If you’re left with non-perishable foodstuff a day before the big moving day, the best thing you can do is donate the food items. 

Several organisations collect foodstuff to feed the less fortunate families. Quickly search the Internet, call and take all your non-perishable foods to their local food bank. 

Finally, you can always seek the expertise of your mover to know what food items you can move and what not. 

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