Perishable Food and Your Move

We recently posted a blog on “Sorting through Your Pantry for a Move” which covered non-perishable items. This blog will address those items that are stored in the refrigerator/freezer, usually known as perishable food. Perishable foods have a limited shelf life and if left out of the refrigerator will quickly go bad. So these items are pretty much everything in your refrigerator and freezer.

When you move, there are only two options on what to do with perishable food: pack it and take it with you or else get rid of it. If you choose to keep it, you will need a cooler the size of your items to transport from point A to point B. Interiors for Seniors will relocate all food items during a move. We bring coolers and ice packs. The last thing packed and moved is the refrigerator/freezer food.

Most perishable items are easily replaced. Use up refrigerated items over the two weeks prior to your move. Why not save your moving space by using up those perishable items before the move or else getting rid of them? I believe the key word here is to move only what is essential. Once you are relocated to your new home, it's fun to go and do a fresh stock up at the grocery store.

Don’t know what to do with your perishable food prior to your move?

Well, one of the first things you should do after you have locked down the exact date of your move is to:

  • Limit your trips to the grocery

  • Dine out a few times

  • Use up what you already have. Perhaps you could find a few new recipes for the perishable food products you have and invite a close friend over for a “moving dinner.”

Now let’s take a look at what you do already have. This requires that you inventory your food. In order to inventory your food, you must first take note of any out-of-date items.

Your perishable items will be broken down into two main categories:

  • Frozen (meats, frozen vegetables)

  • Refrigerator perishables (eggs, dairy products, condiments and sauces)

After you inventory your food, then it is time to take note on what you really want to keep and what needs to be donated or else thrown out.

Here are some items you should consider dumping:

  • Opened bags of snacks

  • Opened frozen foods

  • Opened/Unsealed condiments

  • Defrosted meats

  • Eggs

  • Opened beverages

  • Produce

A good guide from consumer reports on how to tell if food is expired



If you are downsizing, the first thing to remember is you will probably have less refrigerator space in you new dwelling. This is even truer if you have been used to an extra freezer. So the smart thing to do is to assess your new space so you will have a better idea of how much food you can accommodate.

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