A few weeks ago I promised that, as a part of my own happiness project, (as inspired by Gretchen Rubin), I would do what I know how to do in an effort to show my affection and appreciation to those I love. That is, to cook for them, of course. I also noted that this was going to be no easy feat, since none of them live remotely close enough to attend a dinner party. (3,000 miles isn’t too far, is it? Haha.) And so I concluded that I would just have to mail them my edible love. True to my word, I did indeed mail my immediate family their own loaves of butter cakes. Many of you followed the saga in Instagram- if you missed it, be sure to follow me for the next cool adventure!) Here’s what I learned:
1. Pack your edible love in a good container. If it’s bread, ship it in the baking dish. (I picked up disposable ones at Target.) If cookies or some other loose edible, pack tightly, between layers of wax paper, in a sealed container. Place container(s) in a plastic zippered back to ensure freshness.
2. Get a box that is new and large enough. Boxes lose their strength in shipping, so ensure the safest travel possible by using a new one. It should be big enough to accommodate your edible and a thick layer of packing peanuts or bubble wrap.
3. Bake something that can withstand the current season. I made butter cakes, which, while being awesome and long-lasting on my climate controlled countertop, turned sour after three days of shipping to Arizona’s 115 degree temps. Try to either schedule your shipment during a more forgiving time of year, or choose something more resilient.
4. Budget. Sending boxes of edible love costs more than just the food expense. For example, I sent four boxes. Shipping materials, fees and baking ingredients totaled to about $70. Cheaper than taking them all out to a nice dinner, to be sure, but not cheap.
When all was said and done, I was very glad I had shipped the loaves of bread to my loved ones, even if two of them weren’t able to enjoy it due to the heat. And now, I know what to expect for next time!
Have you shipped edible love before? Do you have any extra tips for us? Share them in the comments.