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Hey, i'm reaaaaaaally sorry if this has been asked before, I banana-searched and couldn't find much... but I have a friend who soooo generously got me $25 worth of stuff from naturaw.com, and i'm putting together a present for her that's... a combination of her past two birthdays and Christmas, we're best friends but neither of us ever mail things on time. :p Anyway, she wanted me to send her some food I made, and according to the USPS site that I don't really trust, the postage time would be 4 days... so let's say, I need to make something that would keep for 5-6 days in unknown temperatures and handling conditions! The obvious things would be cookies, crackers, etc., but I want to make her something else too! Would... fruit leather keep? Are there any recipes that you don't have to keep in the fridge that would keep that long? Also, any recipe suggestions PERIOD, for cookies and stuff that I know can ship well? For peanut butter cookies, or a surefire almond-date cookie, or a cookie with cashews, or anything else, would be good. She said she likes SALTINES, but I don't see how I could make a raw alternative... :rolleyes:
05-20-2006, 07:36 PM
Zena why not just priority or overnight mail it?, you can mail a special box for only $8.10 and you have two sizes, and no weight limit, which is the price of a two pound priority box, this might help you.
Or you can Fed ex it overnight I think is the least expensive.
But I would mail some burgers, dehydrated to faily dry, crackers, cookies, truffles, fudge balls, anything fairly dry. which will also help with the weight too.
The other things i'm sending her are pretty big, every site i've looked up priced overnight as at LEAST $40. :( But thank you for the food suggestions! I'm not sure if she's adventurous enough to try burgers, though.
05-20-2006, 07:55 PM
What RP said... ;)
Also, you asked about fruit leather, I think that would definitely keep. Definitely put everything in ziploc bags. If you can get a hold of some bubble wrap, definitely wrap everything so the cookies don't break, etc.
The main thing is before you seal the box, hold the flaps shut and shake the box. The contents should be snug that when you shake the box nothing moves and you can't hear anything moving around at all. I work for a courier company and that's one thing that people don't do and that's where they run into problems. ;)
05-20-2006, 07:59 PM
The other things i'm sending her are pretty big, every site i've looked up priced overnight as at LEAST $40. :(
Oh yikes.. :( Must be some great gifts in there though. :)
If it's going to take 4 days then definitely stick to the dried and nut based stuff.
05-20-2006, 08:56 PM
Welllll, you could send the non perishable things regular mail, and the food priority or overnight, but that is just a thought.
I'd send crackers, cookies, dehydrated chips, fudge, fudge balls, truffles, candies, I've actually sent cake overnight, got there fine.
Corn chips, veggie chips, pizza wraps, onion bread, you might wish to add a small pot of cashew cheese as it gets better with age, or an almond cheese, something like that, some raw olives or olive tapenade would be good, something to spread on the crackers, etc.
I agree with the packing, in zip locks then tightly packed no bouncing around, also write perishable and fragile on the package.
I might ship something perishable seperately overnight, if I can afford it. But i've saved up for Alissa's book and DVD for a long time, so I can't really unless I wait longer... :(
But thank you guys for ther other ideas! I'll report back with whatever I make and how she likes it. :)
05-21-2006, 08:34 AM
If she's into raw then pre pay and ship her a copy of Alissa's book and DVD 's.
If she's new to things and $$$ are an issue you can ship her the book and you keep the DVD'd or vice versa.
Or email her a card with a link to this website
or get her a subscription to Vegetarian Times, it's a great way to start if you are on a slow transition to vegan and raw.
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