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How to pack up homemade food gifts
Posted By Nicole On December 16, 2008 @ 3:05 pm In Baking,Holidays,How-To's and Tips | 3 Comments
Homemade treats are one of the best gifts you can give during the holidays. Not only are they usually very budget-friendly, but they also show your giftee that you put time and a personal touch into their gift. You can’t beat that for holiday spirit, whether you’re taking a platter of goodies to a family party or bringing a simple box of snacks to a good friend.
I’ve discussed some tips for shipping homemade baked goods before, but the most important part of sending the goods (apart from actually making them) is packaging them up properly so they arrive tasting just as good as when they left your kitchen. These packaging tips apply whether you are simply carrying goodies along with you or putting them in the mail.
The single most important thing to do is put your treats in an airtight container. This will keep cookies and cakes moist and fresh, and it does make a difference even when you’re only taking the dessert a short distance. Chewy cookies will stay chewy, or become even softer, and cakes will remain tender, not dry. It’s a good idea for candies, too, although the purpose of an airtight container in this case is to prevent the candies from retaining excess moisture and becoming wet or soggy. Use wax or parchment paper to layer the treats and keep things from sticking together. Here is a rundown of a few easy and airtight packaging options for homemade food gifts:
Finally, you can always take the the easy way out and buy some prepackaged treats and just send those out. I like to try to find regional snacks top ship out, or things from home (wherever that might be) that a particular friend or relative might miss. For instance, TastyKakes make a super simple gift for those who grew up in the Philadelphia area and now live elsewhere. Trader Joe’s treats are a good option, too, since they put the extra effort into making their holiday treats nice and offering a gourmet selection at a good price.
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