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Nine Simple Steps for Shipping Baked Goods
You've spent hours baking and making incredible treats to give as gifts. Those gifts need to be mailed, but you don't want them to look a mess when they get there.
Follow these nine simple steps for packaging your baked goods for holiday shipping.
Special thanks to FedEx and Ketchum for my well-packed and tasty cookies.
Step One - Begin Here
To begin with you'll need to choose a hard sided container, something like this cookie tin to hold your freshly baked goodies. You'll also need... a cardboard box that is slightly larger than the cookie tin. Don't forget the packing tape.
Line the cookie tin with tissue paper. The edible treats should be sealed in airtight bag(s). Place your baked goods inside the tissue lined container.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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Step Two - Start Packing the Container
Stuff the hard sided food container with crunched waxed paper or other food safe type paper like parchment or butcher. Pack it as tight as possible without crushing the goodies.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Step Three - Fold in the Tissue
Fold the tissue paper over the top for that pretty look. It may be difficult to pull up the tissue. Place a sticker, if necessary, to hold the tissue closed.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Step Four - Shake the Container
Put the top on the container. With two hands, shake the container. There shouldn't be any movement inside. If there is movement in the container, add more waxed paper.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Step Five - Tape the Container
Tape the container all the way around. To achieve a tight seal, try to use one continuous length of tape. Don't get overly zealous in adding tape. Remember, your recipient should be able to open the container.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Step Six - Add a Bow
Decorate the outside of your container. Use your imagination. Bows, stickers, pretty ribbon are just a few suggestions. Just remember to choose decorations that will survive shipping with little chance of it being destroyed.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Step Seven - Place in Box
Pad the inside of the bottom of the box. Place the container on top of the padding.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Step Eight - Stuff Box
Stuff the box using bubble wrap, crumpled newspapers or even plastic grocery stacks as a buffer all the way around the container. Add as much stuffing as possible. The lid should just close. Be sure to include the name and address of the recipient to the inside of the box as well.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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