How to ship food so it stays fresh
- Wrap baked goods to create an airtight seal.
- Select appropriate insulation for food that must remain cold or frozen.
- Package items that can melt, thaw or contain liquid in watertight plastic.
- Choose the best refrigerant for cold or frozen items.
- Pad and pack to minimize movement.
Can I send food in 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.
Can you ship perishable food through USPS?
Perishable items can be sent by USPS as long as special precautions are taken when packing the shipment. No matter where your item falls under the ‘perishable’ category, its packaging must meet the outlined requirements. The most common perishable items include food, flowers, plants and live animals.
Can you send food through US Postal Service?
Yes, you can mail food, but liquids are discouraged because they can leak onto other people’s mail. Lots of people send baked goods to relatives or snacks to their friends in other countries. Raw foods, not internationally, but okay domestically.
How do you ship cooked food?
Do not consume the food. Do not even taste suspect food.
- Ship in a sturdy box.
- Pack with a cold source, i.e., frozen gel packs or dry ice.
- When using dry ice:
- Wrap box in two layers of brown paper.
- Use permanent markers to label outside of the box.
- Label outside clearly; make sure address is complete and correct.