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Shipping bread for Christmas Gifts - is it possible to get there fresh and edible?

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darkmoondreamer

Shipping bread for Christmas Gifts - is it possible to get there fresh and edible?

I was thinking this morning of all the lovely gift breads I could send to friends and family......Then, the realization that homemade bread "usually", for me, starts losing quality greatly the next day. Have any of you had success with shipping breads in the mail? Thank you

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Barbp

I have shipped bread to my son in Afghanistan several times and it's always made it in great shape...I have sent sourdough and non-sourdough.  I usually send a couple loaves in with a ton of other food items and he always says the bread disappears first....it usually takes about ten days to get to him....the USPS is especially great at getting packages to our servicemen and women quickly!

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darkmoondreamer

Thank you Barb...any special wrapping needed? I have plastic bread bags and twist ties I bought last year...

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Barbp

I might be over-wrapping, but I wrap the bread in plastic wrap, then foil.  I always enclose large and small zipper bags for him to put the bread into once he has sliced it - of course, you won't have to do that....I'm sure your plastic bread bags will be perfect...where did you get them?  Might be something I could use to send the breads to my son!

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darkmoondreamer

Barb I bought the original single and double loaf bags from KA last year. They still have them, but no longer provide the twist ties and their prices are high on them.


 


Sam's Club has a great deal on them if you have one in your area, 1,000 for $21.63 including shipping if they are mailed to you.


http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=428458&pid=_Froogle&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=741695


And Pleasant Hill Grain also has terrific prices on several sizes... Scroll down quite a ways on this page and you will see them.


http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/grains_baking_supplies.aspx


 


 

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neoncoyote

Hello - Thanks so much for posting that link...I've been looking for something like these at a reasonable price. Tough to find! Can you tell me if these bags are perforated, or would they only be suitable to package baked goods in once said goods are completely cool? The description indicates LLDPE film, but not being familiar, I'm hoping you can give me just a bit more detail. Thank you :)

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Barbp

Thanks for the info on the bags..my husband and I are heading south tomorrow and there is a Sam's Club where we're headed...will check and see if they have the bags..thank you again......

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flourgirl51

Shadow Plastics in Rice Lake Wisconsin carries tons of differents bags at reasonable prices.

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turosdolci

You can make Panettone which has a long life up to a month or more.  You can get more information on my blog http://turosdolci.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/panettone-a-traditional-sweet-bread-is-a-symbol-of-christmas-greetings/


Traditionally they are wrapped in a specially made box, but you can also find colored foil or use cello wrap with a gold twist top. It is really the paper molds that keep the panettone fresh.


I've also have give a web site where you can buy the paper molds on line to cook them in.  These molds are oiled and help to keep the panettone fresh.


Panettone is a Italian sweet bread that is tradtiional at Christmas time and given as a Christmas greeting. It is perfect for what you are looking for. 


Check with Fedex and UPS, they have a FDA apparoved packaging for shipping food.


http://www.clearbags.com/ carries many different types of clear bags and has some FDA approved bags especially for food. There are other web sites also, google it and you will find all sorts of gift packaging and bakery box packaging companies. 


Happy Holidays,


Patricia Turo

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La masa

Sourdough 100% rye has a long life. Actually, it's better after a few days.

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kate_smith

I guess it depends on how long the bread is going to be shipped. If it would only take a day, then  it's ok. But if it would take you around 2 to 3 days, I think it's not a good idea. Try something else. You can check out the most popular christmas gift ideas today as voted by the user community on itsThoughtful.com. Its cool to see what other users find interesting.

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dutchmilkmaid

Stollen would be a good idea. They keep for weeks (although it's hard to keep people from eating them), in fact they get better after ripening. Also, they are a traditional christmas bread, so a very fitting gift. I make mine in early december.

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hanseata

with Dutchmilkmaid: rich Christmas breads with dried fruit like Panettone or German Stollen keep over weeks (though not in our house!), the recommendation is even to bake a Stollen three weeks before it's supposed to be eaten, to let the taste develop (doesn't happen in my family, of course!).


I also shipped whole grain sourdough breads from Maine to North Carolina, wrapping them first in plastic wrap and then in paper bags. They arrived in good shape.


I would not try to send breads made entirely of white flour - they would be stale at arrival.


Karin

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taradeepower

Sorry this is kinda out of place in JUNE, but I just stumbled on the thread now.

Stollen is how I start my Christmas baking (a lot of German cookies need to ripen, like vanilla crescents and vanilla butter) the first week of November and then I stash them in a hiding place all wrapped up in individual bags. I have to pick a new hiding place every year, but it's a small price to pay for the taste!

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Dave323

Just wondering why an old thread like this, with no commtents for months would pop up in my mailbox as new. Any ideas?

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dabrownman

It has been happening lately for other threads for some reason.  Maybe when things are slow, old threads automatically rise from the dead :-)

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G-man

the post you replied to is a year old.

 

:)

 

It's been happening to me lately, too.

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gary.turner

Actually, it's been spammers posting to these old threads. They get caught almost at once, and their posts are removed. That means the topics have been updated, and thus moved to the front of the queue.

cheers,

gary

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hanseata

didn't get to report it, but intended to. We had some Chinese ones a while ago, too, linking to naughty content....

Karin