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Jun 27, 2011 09:15 AM

Mailing strawberries

I know this sounds strange but I have to ask. Hopefully someone will actually know the answer.

I am spending the summer in Michigan where the strawberries are now in season. These berries are very red, very juicy and unbelievably delicious so I've made a few pints of strawberry sauce to put over shortcake, ice cream, etc. My question:

Can put the sauce in jars and ship them home next day air? I would be adding 3 Tablespoons of sugar to each quart so I'm hoping that will act as a preservative. I plan to ship them to my son's house and he will be freezing them for me. I really want these berries since the ones I get at home (Las Vegas) are nowhere near as juicy or as good. What do you think?

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  1. I would get an insulated bag and some ice packs and bring them home as my carry on luggage assuming your flying.

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      Unfortunately, passengers are limited to 3-ounce containers in their carry-on luggage. Consider putting in checked luggage, carefully padded, of course!

    2. I'd freeze it first in something unlikely to shatter, then mail with ice packs and good insulation. I don't think 3 TB per quart is anywhere near enough sugar to really preserve the berries, so don't count on that to do anything but provide enough sugar to turn into alcohol and help your berry sauce ferment.

      1. they're in pint jars -- check the Blue Book (online in most cases), adjust the sugar and acidity according to the recommendations here, then water-bath can them.

        Then time and temperature will have minimal impact on them.

        1. u might also check around while you are there...
          some of the local growers might ship them...and u could ask how they do it..
          what kind of container they use....

          1. I'd definitely freeze and and mail them - packaged properly, they should make it. Several years ago, I picked cherries, froze them, and shipped them overnight to my mother-in-law in NJ.

            Unfortunately, even though I marked the "leave package with no signature" box on the shipping label, the mailman felt he knew better than I did and did not leave the package. When I found out her cherries weren't waiting for her when she got home, I called the post office and pitched a fit - and the delivered them the following day. by the time she did get them, she said they were still frozen - and that was in July.