How to Ship Food

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Written By Thurman Schinner

Thurman Schinner graduated from Cambridge University with a bachelor’s degree and has specialized in technical writing.

Can I send food through the mail?
Perishable items are materials that can deteriorate in the mail, such as live animals, food, and plants. Permissible perishable items are sent at the mailer?s own risk. These items must be specially packaged and mailed so that they arrive before they begin to deteriorate.
How much does it cost to ship food?
The average cost for food shipping depends on the distance, timeframe, and what you?re shipping. It costs $2.24 per mile to transport food less than 100 miles, but costs $1.46 per mile to transport food less than 1000 miles.
What is the best way to send food through mail?

Buy a cold shipping box from a shipping store like UPS. Often, these are insulated coolers that fit inside cardboard shipping boxes. To pack cold things like fresh cheeses, fruits and vegetables, opt for heavy-duty ice packs. Make sure the food is well wrapped to protect it in case any gel packs leak.

How can I ship food cheaply?

We recommend using a styrofoam box, or buying a cold shipping box from a shipping store. The best way to ship frozen food is to make sure the items are thoroughly frozen before placing them in the box. Keep them in the freezer and completely frozen until the last possible moment before shipping them.

Does FedEx ship refrigerated items?
Cold shipping package provided by FedEx can keep your temperature-sensitive shipments between 2?C and 8?C (35?F and 46?F) for 48 or 96 hours* without the weight, hassle and expense of using dry ice or gel packs.
Can frozen food be mailed USPS?

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USPS? does not offer refrigeration services; frozen product must be packaged so as not to leak or cause odors. You may ship frozen articles using packaging supplies like Dry Ice at your own risk .

How do I ship something overnight?
For overnight delivery, the three services you should consider are the post office (USPS), the United Parcel Service (UPS), and Federal Express (FedEx). With the USPS, the guaranteed overnight service is called Priority Mail Express or sometimes shortened to Express. Regular Priority Mail is not guaranteed.
How much does it cost to ship refrigerated food?

The Costs of Shipping Frozen Food
You?ll need to consider the shipping distance, transit duration, the weight of your packaging, and more. As a general rule of thumb, a package weighing two to three pounds can cost anywhere between $30 and $150.

Can you mail chocolate in an envelope?
Yes, you can. However, the thickness of the piece of chocolate could cause problems with the machines that process the mail. You can pay an extra fee to mail the envelope as ?non-machinable.? Also, the weight of the chocolate might put the envelope over the 1 ounce limit, so you might have to pay extra for the weight.
How do you keep chocolate from melting at room temperature?

Is chocolate a perishable item?

Will M&Ms melt in the mail?

Below, you?ll find the top goodies that you can make at home or order online and mail in one piece.

Holiday Candy Bark.
Homemade Marshmallows.
Holiday Hot Chocolate Mix.
Candied Nuts Recipe.
Holiday Jam, Jelly, and Honey Recipes.
Gummy Candy.

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Can homemade fudge be mailed?

Chocolate, or chocolate-based products, are perishable if they need to be refrigerated in order not to spoil. However, a chocolate bar, a box of chocolates or an Easter egg would be considered non-perishable if they can normally be stored somewhere cool and dry such as a cupboard.

Can I ship candy through USPS?

The M&M?s never did melt, but they did break. Guess their motto is true, they melt in your mouth and not in your hand.

How do I ship homemade candy?
Fudge keeps at room temperature, so you can ship it through the regular mail. Homemade fudge keeps fresh for up to two weeks, which means you can send it to friends and family via mail. If you keep a few simple things in mind when packaging fudge for shipping, it should arrive at its destination in good condition.
What?s the best way to ship fudge?
Perishable items can be sent by USPS as long as special precautions are taken when packing the shipment. Keep in mind, the USPS defines perishable mail as being sent at your own risk.
Is fudge OK to ship?
Cakes and candies: pack compactly in tins. Candies should be placed in cups or layered on cushioned papers. Make sure there is no headroom or the confections may break or crush. Bottles of oils or vinegars or jars of chutney, sauces or jam: Before packing, make sure bottles are tightly sealed and packed in sturdy jars.
Can you ship fudge in summer?
Answer: The best way to ship fudge is to leave it whole rather than cut it in squares. You can pour it into a disposable plastic container or a candy tin. If the weather isn?t too hot, you don?t need to worry about putting any cooling elements in the shipping box.
Should I freeze fudge before mailing?
No. The fudge will not melt during shipping. Our fudge is cooked thoroughly so is not susceptible to melting like many types of fudge.
How do I ship candy?
Because fudge is so pliable, you can simply place the gift-wrapped package inside any sturdy box. If you mail it during warm summer temperatures, place a frozen gel pack wrapped and sealed in plastic so it doesn?t leak in the outer packaging box to keep the gift container cool.