Cleaning Out Your Freezer Before Moving Home

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As the name implies, a freezer exists to keep food at or below freezing temperature. There are a few reasons for this. The first is that some foods may melt if not frozen, which would ruin them. Others are kept frozen as a preservative measure. Bacteria activity is slowed greatly at low temperatures which allows for foods to keep for longer. As useful as this is, it presents a problem when moving home. You can't transport your freezer unless it is empty, but if the contents of the freezer isn't in the freezer it could melt or go off. This article will give you tips on what you can do to deal with this problem.

Chilly Bins

One option that you have for dealing with frozen foodstuffs is to use one or more chilly bins. Chilly bins are boxes that are designed to insulate the inside to prevent heat from getting in. This does not last indefinitely, but it definitely helps to keep things cool for a lot longer. By using these, it is possible to transport your food that needs to be kept frozen to your new home. The viability of this option will depend on a few different factors. The biggest one is the distance. If you are having to travel a long distance to get to your new home, the chances are, the food will not longer be frozen by the time you get there. To use this option you will need to be as quick as possible. So, it will only work when there is not a long distance. The other factor that you will have to consider is the weather. The hotter the weather is, the less time you will have before everything thaws. Deciding on whether it will work requires a lot of personal judgement by weighing up these factors.

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Use up the food

Other than transporting the food, your other option, if you don't want to throw it out, is to use it up. There are a few ways to do this. One way is to plan your meals leading up to the move and shop for food with this planning in mind. This means that you will be using up everything that you buy. When planning your meals, try to pick dishes that will use up some of your existing ingredients so that you can use up what you had in the freezer prior to your period of planning. For things that are in the freezer that are not used in meals, ice cream for example, just be mindful of the fact that it exists and use it up over the period leading up to the move. The more structured your planning is of your meals, the more effective this method will be. In theory, you should be able to end up with an empty freezer by the time you have to move. There are also other benefits to this. By planning out your meals, you will be able to save money. This is because you will not be buying things that you will not use. Meal planning also allows you to do things such as meal preparation ahead of time. For example if you are cutting up vegetables for a dish and you know that you will be using those same vegetables later in the week, you can cut it all up now, store it and save time later. This is the most effective way to use up all of the items in your freezer.

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