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How to Package a Food Gift

Part of the Gifts from the Kitchen For Dummies Cheat Sheet

After you’ve spent the time to make a delicious gift from your kitchen, take some packaging precautions before sending it. Keep in mind you can never have too much protection when you pack your food gifts:

  • The first layer of wrapping should be around the food itself. Make sure that it is sealed for freshness, particularly if you aren’t using an airtight container.

  • Place sheets of wax paper between layers of cookies or candies. You can also help prevent shifting in the box by placing one final layer of wax paper on top of the food. Then loosely wad tissue paper and place it on top. Use just enough to assert a little pressure, not enough to mash down the food. Close the lid gently.

  • Decorative tins are good choices for shipping because, in addition to being air tight, they’re rigid.

  • Double up on boxes. After you place your gift in a sturdy gift box, fit that into a bigger, rigid, corrugated shipping box. Leave plenty of room on all four sides, as well as the top and bottom of the box to add protective buffers. Use material that’s available — crumpled newspaper, recycled packing peanuts — but don’t skimp. Use plenty of filler in between the two boxes.

  • If you choose to send a jar or bottle, wrap a few extra layers of bubble wrap around it before you proceed with the packing.

  • Put a card with the recipient’s address on the inside of the box . . . just in case.

  • Enclose a little note with the name of the gift and, if appropriate, how to enjoy it.

  • Seal the package with a strong packing tape, not regular adhesive tape.

  • Put a strip of clear packing tape over the address on the outside of the box to keep the address from smearing.

  • Clearly mark it “Fragile” or “Handle with Care.”

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