Wondering how to ship baked goods? These simple tips on how to ship baked goods will ensure that your food will arrive perfectly, packed with delicious flavor and taste!
Keep in mind that the biggest worry about shipping fresh goods is temperature consistency and control. The last thing that you want to have happen is to give someone a melted treat or cake. Luckily, there are ways to work around those issues.
The next time that you’re wanting to order, or ship, goods to customers or family and friends, check out these simple tips for shipping food items in the mail.
How To Ship Baked Goods So They Stay Fresh
But seriously, who wants food that just isn’t good or fresh? The last thing that you want is to have stale cookies, bread, or other dessert items.
However, if you’re careless in your packaging and care, this is exactly what is going to happen. Instead of spending time baking food that is just going to go to waste, package your food carefully for shipping so that it’s certain to arrive on time and tasting like it was just freshly baked.
These Peanut Butter Cup Brownies would be the perfect baked good to ship!
1. Package Food Properly Before Shipping
Think of your food items as “precious cargo”. This means that you’ll want to do everything possible to have it secured and safe for transport.
Wrap your baked goods in saran wrap or plastic wrap and even another layer of aluminum foil, too. You’re then going to want to be certain that you store it in an airtight container, like a plastic storage container with a lid that isn’t going to come off.
Since you can’t mail a plastic container full of brownies as is, you then have to find a shipping box that isn’t too big that you can fit your plastic container in snuggly as well. It needs to be just a tad bit bigger than your food storage container so there isn’t room for it to shake or bounce around on the inside.
Wouldn’t it be a shame to have these Peanut Butter Cookies broken up in your shipment when it could have been prevented?
2. Ensure cold items are kept cold
Some desserts or baked goods might need to be shipped and kept cold, so you’re going to want to buy insulated storage bags or even ice packs that will last and have them included in the shipping container. You’ll also need to be certain to choose a faster method of shipping so that your item will arrive while it’s still cold.
3. Don’t skimp on the shipping method
Overall, you need to put a sort of “rush” delivery on all food items. Most homemade baked goods have a window of about 3 days before they’ll start to dry out and become less tasty.
This means that you really don’t want to have anything over 2-day shipping for your baked goods to arrive. While this will be most costly, it will ensure that your delivering good items with great flavor to your customers, or for your family and friends.
4. Choose a shipping company that you trust
Admit it, we all have shipping companies that we prefer. If you have one that you like to use, trust your gut, and stick with that. This will give you peace of mind that your baked goods or other food items will arrive on time and on schedule.
You’ll find that USPS will ship quickly as well as UPS and Fed-Ex, too. More than likely you don’t need to take out insurance unless you’re actually shipping food items that are related to your online business.
Tips for Shipping Baked Goods
There are just a few major points to keep in mind when you’re preparing to mail baked goods from your home or business to somewhere else.
- You can never overpack with stuffing – The more tightly your baked good is inside the box, the mess it will move and break around. Add in some tissue paper or kleenex to make the food items as tight as possible in the shipping container.
- Take the top of the container holding the food – Just as an extra layer of security, tape on the lid so that it stays put just in case it somehow tries to pop off during the process.
- Don’t forget to add a handwritten note! Just to show a little labor of love, add in a handwritten note to really put the “cherry on the cake”!
See how simple it can be to ship baked goods? All you need to do is follow these simple steps to have your yummy food delivered without worry!