part one covered organizing and purging all that crap you never use that will just end up in boxes for a year in your new home. part two is all about the kitchen...
PART II: THREE WEEKS OUT
last week i did my final full trip to the grocery. sounds crazy, right? it's not. moving means getting rid of (aka eating) all your food before you move so you don't have to toss it. in part one i talked about starting to think about all of your food and take stock of what you already have in the back of your pantry. time to get creative with your meals! don't forget to check the freezer for any leftovers or meats you've forgotten about. i just found two chicken breasts and a pot roast that are still good! woohoo that's two whole dinners!
i know right now i have two bags of frozen peas in my freezer. i'll be tossing them in multiple pasta dishes till we move to use them up. easy. same with the frozen corn. smoothies out of all the frozen berries we have. yummy for the whole family! now is also the time to start baking. use up the flour and sugar in the pantry so you don't have to move with it. can you imagine how messy it would be if a bag of flour busted in your moving van? gross. allrecipes.com has a great thing where you can put in ingredients you have and don't have and it'll come up with recipes for you! perfect, right? and a great way to say 'thanks for helping me pack, friend' when your friends come over to help you move (or to eat all your leftover food).
which brings me to my last food tip: have a party! a few days before you move, invite all your friends/family over and cook up everything you can in your kitchen. doesn't have to make sense, just make it. that box of dumplings you got from trader joe's but never ate? cook 'em up. half a wedge of brie sitting in the fridge you just can't bear to toss in the trash? put it out with some of those triscuts you got when they were buy one get one free even though you knew you wouldn't finish the second box before moving day ;) and, most importantly, alcohol. movers will not move your booze. sorry. so, get creative and make up a great cocktail with what you have leftover. or, better yet, get everything out and have your friends play bartender for the night. see who can come up with the yummiest drink. or, if you're not the creative type, shots are always acceptable. that tequila isn't going to drink itself, ya know?
any other questions or helpful hints about what to do with food in preparation for moving day?