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Tips For Shipping Holiday Goodies Overseas

In many homes, the holidays mean freshly baked Christmas cookies, nut bread and other homemade treats being enjoyed by each person who enters the home. Many families have a tradition of sending these goodies overseas to the active military personnel that are away from their families to serve the country. When shipping these yummy treats, there are a few steps that should be taken to ensure they arrive to their destination in good condition and uncontaminated. Here, you will learn how to do just that.

Know If The Food Needs Refrigeration

Most baked goods do not need any refrigeration to avoid spoiling. Try to stick to cookies, muffins, and breads that do not require refrigeration. It can be a little more expensive to ship foods that require refrigeration, but it is possible. If the food contains any type of meat or cheese, for example, you will have to pack the items to keep them cool during transit.

Pack The Food Properly

The temperature during travel will fluctuate drastically. Pack perishable food items in foam cooler boxes and duct tape the boxes closed. Wrap the cooler boxes with brown shipping paper and clearly write the address of destination as well as your return address on the label. Be sure to also label the package as perishable so that the freight company knows that it cannot be set aside to wait for later shipments or deliveries.

Cookies and breads do not need to be refrigerated, but you should still package them properly to keep the chocolate chips and things from melting during transit. If the goodies do not contain any ingredients that would melt or spoil, you can package them in cookie tins, wrap them with shipping paper and label the package as stated above.

Expedite Delivery

Perishable food items only remain good for so long, even when packaged properly. Spend the little extra to expedite the shipment and delivery of the item. Look into the overnight or two-day air freight delivery options. In many cases, you can send things with two day delivery for slightly more than regular delivery. But, if the contents of the package are highly perishable, be sure to send it overnight to keep the food from spoiling before it reaches its destination.

If you have further questions about how to ship homemade goodies this season, talk with the freight shipping company that you are working with. They will be happy to assist you in preparing your package for delivery so that it arrives in the edible condition you expect it to.

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