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Oct 31, 2010 12:58 PM

Shipping fresh baked bread question?


I wanted to make a monkey bread or a banana bread and ship to someone as a gift. How long do you suppose the shelf-life is on something like this?

Any tips you have on this would be greatly appreciated.



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  1. I used to send a yeast bread (oatmeal and molasses, which stayed moist) by overnight or 2nd day mail and it wasn't a problem. If you're in the US and sending it anywhere in the adjacent 48, you should be in good shape, especially in this time of year. Overseas, no guarantees.

    1. When I was in the military (a very long time ago) my family shipped bread and cookies in coffee cans. I was in the south pacific and it seemed to help a lot in keeping the contents fresh for a longer period.

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      1. re: todao

        You can bake the quick bread in the cans (make sure to wash out the coffee well!) and have a self contained shipping package. Multiple layers of plastic wrap, suck out the air with a straw. The denser, the better, and I'm sure fruit cake would ship very well!

      2. Homemade bread will only keep a few days before it begins to stale and develop mold & bacteria. if it takes those few days to get to your destination, you'll be wasting money unless it's to be consumed shortly after arrival. That said, certain types of bread will last longer, such as those with a higher sugar or sweetening or salt content. Also, the better you pack it (i.e. keeping air & light out) the longer it will last.

        I'd suggest adding some type of preservative to your dough. Here is some info from the follwing website :

        Preservatives – prevent food from spoiling due to to mold, bacteria and other microorganisms. Three natural preservatives are salt, sugar, and vinegar. But there are many more artificial preservatives in use today, such as nitrates and nitrites found in meats. Home baked bread goes stale after 36 hours, and starts to develop mold within 4 days, but a loaf from the supermarket will keep for more than a week due to propionates which prevent mold.

        1. use a paper bag and not plastic!