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Care Packages With Fresh Cookies - How To Keep Them Fresh And Safe During Shipping

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

There's no comparision for a home made cookie to say you are thinking of someone. Whether shipping Christmas cookies to everyone on your list, or mailing a care package to a member of the military serving overseas, cookies are wonderful, personal presents. However, in order to be truly appreciated, the cookies must survive the travel to their destination fresh and without getting crushed. Following, we give you some advice on how to achieve just that.

First, you want to let your cookies cool to room temperature before you wrap them. Warm cookies can cause mold or soggy cookies, because they give off moisture in the container. However, you shouldn't wait more than 24 hours after they come out of the oven to send out your cookie gift. If you wait more time, the cookies can dry out and become stale.

Second, we wrap the cookies. The most popular materials used to wrap baked goods are cellophane or waxed paper. Either material will work. If the cookies are going to travel a great distance, you might think about wrapping each cookie individually to protect them from becoming mashed together. In case you're mailing your baked goods in a cookie tin or strong box, you can stack the baked sweets in cupcake papers or coffee filters. No matter how you wrap, make sure you keep different cookie types apart to their own taste and moisture levels. Inserting a piece of bread or apple into the package can prevent drying out.

Next, you ought to place the cool cookies in an airtight canister. The time-tested metal tin is a favorite for most. During the christmas season, most local stores sell cookie tins for exactly this occasion. However, every day you can locate tins right for baked sweets at hobby stores and home goods stores. Balls or mason jars with tight lids are also an options. Another consideration is plastic food receptacles. Grocery stores offer re-sealable plastic containers for pretty low prices. If you're watching money, a zip-lock bag is always a consideration, thought not the frilliest. Bags do offer flexibility and decent protection from leaks, but not toughness, so you would have to store the bag in a tough box. Whichever packaging you choose, make sure it shuts air tight. That's how you keep moisture, dirt, and such undesirable particles away from your delicious cookies, and maintain the flavor of your gift.

Finally, stow your baked goodies in the shipping box. You can purchase a cardboard box from the shipping company, utilize a box you already used, or buy one from a grocery or liquor. Make sure your baked goodies are protected on every side. This can be done in a myriad of ways: strips of old, clean sheets, packing paper, old cardboard strips, and newspaper or magazine pages. Basically, if you can scrunch it up, it can be used. Some rarely considered ideas which are useful are popcorn or candy and gum. These cushioning materials can then be enjoyed by the grandkids as well! Once your baked goodies are fully wrapped and addressed, write 'Fragile' on the box and send them out. You want to send them fast enough that they don't sit in the mail for over three or four days. Try to ship your box out the beginning of the week in order to prevent it from sitting over the weekend. The shipping agent should be able to give you an idea how long shipping will take to help with your planning.

Remember, as long as your cookies are first cooled, then sealed, they almost always arrive in good condition. Do not put more effort into mailing your cookies than you did baking them. Whoever gets them will be delighted at the sweets no matter what!


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May 18, 2010 4:53pm
Sookie
The tip about wrapping each cookie individually works well for me. Great article!
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