Tips on how to transport frozen food when moving


Last Updated on March 21, 2024 by Nasir Hanif

Moving day is approaching, and an item has been added to your to-do list: transport the contents of the refrigerator and freezer. Did you forget that you were moving when you bought groceries at the store two days ago? Don’t worry, this is absolutely normal. For you, we have collected some valuable tips that will help you keep your products well during transportation.

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Pack only what is necessary

Take a pen and paper and write down what you have left in the refrigerator and freezer. At the same time, break the list into several items: perishable, non-perishable products, canned food, glass bottles, boxes, baking products and semi-finished products. Such a list will help you quite easily determine what to do with each product group. Regardless of what you decide, here are some examples of their application.

Discard the ones that have expired

When forming a list of products, do not forget to write down the expiration date next to each one. Make sure that you are familiar with the difference between the “use before” and “use by”marks. This way, you will determine which ones need to be thrown away immediately. Beware of dents on the jar, as this is a sure sign that it’s time to throw it away. Feel free to throw it away and do not regret it.

Share it with your friends, family or neighbors

Often there are products that you do not plan to use. You are fed up with them or received them as a gift. These products can be donated to local charities or given to relatives and friends. Now you have a great way to say goodbye to your neighbors beautifully.

Prepare frozen food

Start cooking as much frozen food as possible and try to consume them in the few days left before moving. By planning your menu in advance, taking into account the remaining frozen products or products from the refrigerator, you will save yourself from having to figure out what to do with them. Do not replenish your refrigerator or freezer, do not eat out and do not order takeaway food.

Use a refrigerator bag or a car cooler to store frozen food

When you go on a journey, you need to think about how to transport food. Use a cooler bag or a car cooler to store frozen food. It is better to use special blocks, pre-cooled in the freezer, instead of ice cubes. Make sure that you are using the correct number of them. Usually, ½ liter of ice blocks per 1 liter of bag volume is enough.

How to pack frozen food in a refrigerator bag

It is important to fill the entire volume of the bag. Try not to leave too much empty space, as this can speed up the melting process. If you can not fill the entire container, it is better to transfer the layers with additional cooling blocks or ice. The more the bag is filled, the longer it will keep the temperature low.

Before packing frozen food, it is necessary to keep the temperature below 4C to prevent spoilage and the spread of bacteria. Pack the frozen meat and poultry in paper, as an insulator, and place them at the bottom of the container. This is necessary to prevent meat juices from getting into other products.

Regardless of the strength and quality of the food packaging, you can get unwanted leaks or spills. Put everything that can leak or spill into an airtight container or a bag with a zipper. Use high-quality packages and do not trust the packaging of food, otherwise trouble will happen.

Pack your refrigerator or freezer last

In addition to frozen food, you also need to transport a refrigerator or freezer. It is best to read the operating manual and see if there are specific, important steps to safely move your refrigerator or freezer model.

If the move is carried out for a short distance, the refrigerator or freezer is usually the last to be loaded. Therefore, in the new house, they are unloaded first. This helps to reduce the time during which food can thaw and spoil.

Always place the refrigerator in an upright position. If you put it on its side, it can damage the compressor filled with oil. Oil, in turn, can get into the cooling lines and spoil them.

If the freezer seal is well preserved

If the seals on the door of your freezer are still of good quality, then you can leave it filled. Do not forget to remove fragile objects or glass from the refrigerator, as they can move and damage the internal parts. Our professional movers will move the refrigerator at an angle, which will not allow it to suddenly open.

If the seals on your freezer are worn out

If the seals on your freezer are worn out, the doors can open even if the transport trolley is properly installed. In this case, we will take measures to properly move the refrigerator or freezer without damage.

Protect your refrigerator

If you are moving long distances, it is best to unload and take out all the food from the refrigerator. When the glass shelves, drawers and side storage boxes are not secured, they can break during movement. Remove and pack them separately to prevent damage.

After emptying the contents of the refrigerator, turn it off. This should be done at least one day before the move, so that the refrigerator has time to defrost. Secure the electrical cords and wires securely with tape. Do not allow direct contact of the tape with the refrigerator, so that there are no traces that are difficult to remove later.

Now you have a good opportunity to thoroughly wash the refrigerator. Wash off the dirt, spray a disinfectant or a multi-purpose spray to eliminate the unpleasant smell caused by an increase in temperature.

Protect your refrigerator from dents and scratches by wrapping it in two layers of blankets or bubble wrap. Wrap the door handles with newspaper or wrapping paper.

Transportation of frozen products is completed

Although the transportation of frozen food seems to be a difficult task, it can still be done by following our tips and guidance. And it is even better to shift the worries of moving to our company. We have all the necessary tools and high-quality packaging materials that you may need.

And the last tip, do not forget that on the day of moving you will get hungry, so put aside some food and prepare snacks for yourself and your family.

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