How To Pack Refrigerated Items Ahead Of Moving
Published on Friday, 28 March 2014
Oh, the fridge. When it comes to moving out and preparing that moving checklist, we often neglect our refrigerator's contents. Unless you plan to eat all of the food in your fridge ahead of moving out, you're going to be confronted with a situation that demands care in removing perishable food.While you may think it's simply a case of dumping items into a cooler with ice, it's likely you either won't have enough coolers, or adopt a naive approach in packing the bins. So how must one go about moving all their existing food from one place to another? The job is broken down below:1 - Micro-manage the task Small and cheaper coolers are preferable to bigger ones as they allow one to collapse their fridge's items across separate categories like cheeses, milk, fridge meat, fruit, vegetables, sealed leftovers and drinks etc. Even if you have existing larger bins, consider investing in some cheap smaller ones. At least 4 of them is advisable. Adhere to the above fridge item categories as best you can before labelling each cooler accordingly. This will save you so much hassle once you arrive at the new place.2 - Pack newer items firstWhen packing, load all the more recent items first. For example, a block of cheese purchased yesterday should go at the bottom of any cooler while the block purchased last Monday will be the first you see upon opening the cooler at your new house. In the case of older cheeses, or similarly dated perishable foods that have already attracted bacteria, by all means throw them out. This said, it's plainly more economical to eat all your older food ahead of that which is more fresh. Conveniently, the small coolers provide a useful means of doing this when packed across exclusive categories.3 - Place an onion in each binPlacing a sliced onion half in each bin will ensure your food stays bacteria free, particularly if you have to wait a matter of days before your food is returned to a refrigerator. An exposed onion acts as a bacteria magnet. While the cooling capacity of the coolers serves as the first shield against bacteria, it pays to be sure by placing onion slices on top of everything, so set aside the smallest of spaces in each bin for an onion half.If you're worried about the lingering onion smell, simply open your bin once it's in your new home and place a small glass of regular white vinegar on top of the highest-reaching item in the bin - this will both remove the onion odour and further ensure all your food is bacteria free. 4 - Carry fruit and vegetables in plastic bagsIn the event of having too few coolers at hand, simply transport your fruit and vegetables in tightly sealed, or knotted, regular supermarket bags. Because they don't come from animals, fruit and vegetables are as susceptible to 'going off' despite the fact they do wither with time. Knotting the bags will trap air and therefore provide enough of a temporary shield against any potential contamination. Alcohol too can go in plastic bags. Should you wish to cool bottles and cans down, simply throw ice into the bags. Remember above all, smaller coolers over big ones and older items on top of newer ones.
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