I pretty much said it all in my subject. Just looking for natural preservative for cookies going on a long trip. Thanks.
What kind of cookies are they? Sugar and fat go a long way in preserving cookies. If they are well wrapped, regular sugar cookies or choc chip cookies last for ages.
What's a "long trip"?
AShipping overseas can take as little as 1 day up to 2 weeks or more depending on destination and shipping method.
Overseas to our troops as well as to some friends in the UK. I would feel better if I was using some kind of natural preservative.
No one knows of any?
ASugar cookies decorated with royal icing will last for weeks just wrapped in cellophane bags. No preservatives necessary. Many other cookies will last a long time too. http://www.marthastewart.com/275271/best-cookie-recipes-for-shipping/@center/276951/christmas-cookies http://allrecipes.com/howto/mailing-cookies/ http://www.landolakes.com/TestKitchen/TipsAndTechniques/FAQ/homemadetreats.aspx
I made some cookies for my cousin's son's baby naming ceremony.
I'm in the UK, they're in Canada.
It must have been a good 2 or possibly even 3 weeks from when I made them to when they were eaten and my aunt said they were beautiful and you'd never have known they weren't made the day before!
Each cookie was covered with sugarpaste (fondant) and placed in a cellophane bag which I tied with curling ribbon.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for all of your responses. I get that the cookies will probably be perfectly fine but the people who get them might be scared to eat them. If you sent a store bought cookie all would feel fine about it. So, is it just a waste to make them? Do you know what I mean?
I think if you plant a seed of doubt in their mind, they might be scared to try them.
But if you don't say anything, I don't think it will cross their mind!!
ASugar is a natural preservative. I just looked up Oreos, Nilla wafers, animal crackers, and found a link to every Girl Scout cookie ingredient, http://s3.amazonaws.com/www.littlebrownie.com/downloads/NutritionInfo.pdf and none if them say (a preservative) or (to preserve freshness) like many other foods will. The sugar is the preservative. Or the high fructose corn syrup, or hydrogenated oils that they all seem to have.
AIf someone mailed me a cookie, I'd eat it! I don't thin I'd even think twice about preservatives, and I don't think it having preservatives in it would make me feel safer eating it. I don't think you'd be wasting your time. I think it's a nice gesture.
I feel confident about it, I just want them to be enjoyed. :)
ATBHQ is a commonly used preservative in food (including girl scout cookies).
Soy lecithin is also used often as both an emulsifier and a preservative.
No preservatives whatsoever are required when you bake cookies that are rich in fat. Butter, margarine, shortening all work.
I used to bake hundreds of shortbread and refrigerator cookies at the beginning of December, that were stored in airtight cookie tins in a cool basement. They were just like fresh baked when they were served over extended holidays that lasted from December 24 to January 19.
So unless you are sending your parcel by dog sled or canoe, there is no reason to be concerned. Wrap the cookies well into plastic wrap so they survive the mechanical shaking they will get from a commercial delivery service. Homemade cookies get gobbled down to the last crumb.