It's been a while since I posted but am wondering if anyone can give me any pointers on shipping cookies overseas?
My husband is deployed right now, and I'm trying to figure out a way to send him some sort of goodies for the Christmas & New Years holidays.
Specifically recipes would be appreciated (& any other helpful hints)
I shipped cookies overseas a few weeks ago, and used the NFSC recipe, with MMF and royal icing details. No problems - they all arrived fresh and unbroken.
I put the cookies in cookie bags, back to back. I read somewhere that gives them more stability, and being tightly wrapped in the cookie bags keeps them fresher.
I then wrapped them in bubble wrap, and put them in a box. I then put that box in another box, surrounded by more packing material. The inside box protects the cookies if the outside box suffers any damage.
They made it to Afghanistan in 9 days. It was much faster than I had anticipated.
Hope this helps!
You can bake any cookie you want. I stack them in rows and then put them in the zip bags that you suck the air out of. It comes out like a rectangle brick. I make sure to fill all of the space with cookies, bubble wrap, or newspaper. One of the soliders told me they tasted like I just baked them.
I actually use my vacuum sealer. Don't completely suck ALL the air out, but close. Then pack them in a flat rate box, surrounded by bubble wrap. Shipped things from Guam to the states no problem.
I ship oveseas to Japan. I made solid brick fudge (uncut), recipe has 3 kinds of chocolate. It has NEVER melted....I think its cuz it's not cut. I've also made this fudge in middle of summer and it was a solid chunk. It has held up nicely and not gone stale, either. I wrap it fresh with Reynolds wax paper, taping it up. Then wrap it a gazillion times in reynolds handi-wrap, then again in heavy tin foil. As for cookies, I made chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal scotchies, and also bar cookies (again, uncut!). I then wrap the cookies back to back, wrapping them triple times in handiwrap. Make a log-roll type of these back-to-back cookies, then using tiny bubble wrap, wrap the whole log. then pack tightly in a sturdy box. Wrap THIS box AGAIN with handiwrap....prevents moisture and other odors from getting INSIDE the cookie box. (Don't forget the mushy love note!
Get yourself to the Post Office the same day or at least early in the morning, pay to ship the box the fastest time. You might even put a note on the inside box telling the recipient how to get to these goodies without breaking them all to pieces!
Don't dawdle, time's a-wastin'!!!
(Just as a side note, I've used the seal-a-meal....has a tendancy to smoosh some types of cookies. We did a home taste-test, cookies with seal-a-meal tasted kinda stale after 14 days. Cookies wrapped up like stated above tasted relatively fresh and were fragrant.)
DsLady... me too. If your husband is going to be away for awhile, invest in a foodsaver. I also repackage all opened packages like nuts, fondant, marshmallows. Everything stays perfect.
A friend of mine was/is very involved in sending care packages overseas to military. (I call her my West Point Mom because her son is a West Point graduate.) She tells me they use Pringles cans to ship many food stuffs, especially cookies. The cardboard container holds teh cookies secure and keeps them fresh. You have to be sure the size is uniform, though, but she got quite a few thank you notes from very happy military folks!
I can just see the happy faces "Oh YAY Pringles!" Then a little dejected"....oh....it's.....cookies......"
I tried using the Pringles cans, my cookies were just a tad too big to fit, after they were wrapped in handi-wrap. so I alwas pack in those tiny boxes that I receive shipments in....