Tips to Avoid Wasting Food When Moving Out

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Tips to Avoid Wasting Food When Moving Out

Many people will automatically toss everything in their fridge when moving, and mark it as another way of reducing the hassle. But throwing away good food is imprudent and inconsiderate of the less fortunate and the environment at large. It would also make financial sense to save on food, especially for a large family.  Dealing with food items can be a bit problematic because you have to pack differently for frozen, packed, perishable, not-so-perishable and dry foods. Different moving companies in Portland have different policies on carrying perishable items, so you should ask. What can you do to avoid wasting food when moving out?

Take stock:

What do you have on the kitchen shelves and in the fridge? First, toss out any expired foods before anything else. Categorize your food stocks to give you a plan on how to deal with the inventory;

  • Perishable foods – This includes frozen foods like ice-cream, seafood, and meat, and refrigerated foods like eggs, vegetables, and milk
  • Canned foods – These could be refrigerated or on the shelf including canned meats, soups, and vegetables
  • Liquids including beverages, alcohol, cooking oil, sauces, and dressings
  • Imperishable boxed foods including cereals, sugar, salt, grains, and snacks

Make a meal plan:

What moving date have you arranged with your Portland movers? Take note of this and make meal plans that should be heavy on perishable foods. Assume that you do not have access to a grocery store and work with what you have. You can look up menus and recipes on the internet to help you work with what you have.

Have a farewell party:

Why waste good food when you could have a bit of fun with your friends and neighbors even as you leave? Organize a party and focus on clearing out your shelves and the fridge, when planning the meals and drinks


There are instances when it is not plausible to carry your food, for instance, when moving across the country. Every cubic inch cost you, so it is more sensible to donate the food and avoid the costs.  Look for the nearest soup kitchen, aged home, or children’s orphanage and make a food donation.

Eat on your moving day:

There is a lot of activity on moving day and lots of expended energy. You can cook a meal the day before and pack it in disposables. Invite the moving crew for a meal after the loading is done. Carry snacks and have refreshments if it is a medium to the long haul. You should also consider foods that can be prepared as a quick first meal as everyone will be tired and hungry after the frenetic activities of unloading and settling in the new home.


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