When the need arises, sometimes you have to learn how to ship frozen food processed with a food processor. Doing it properly is crucial as it could either mean getting the food to its destination in good condition, or, ending up just wasting your time with rotten leftovers. I personally wouldn’t want that because in the first place, isn’t the main idea behind freezing food to be able to preserve it?
Shipping frozen food you processed with a food processor shouldn’t alter its condition, so before you ship your processed food (perhaps to a remote camp inaccessible to some food or items) you should first learn how to do it. Here are some tips:
Steps On How To Ship Frozen Food (UPS Or Fedex Shipment) Properly:
Frozen Food Shipping And Processing
If you can’t bring certain foods to a destination, then it’s probably wiser to process them so they take up less space and then, ship them. To prevent spoilage, the best approach is to freeze them with dry ice ready for shipping. This is the only guaranteed way to preserve the food’s freshness when shipping it for a few days.
Shipping Materials/ Preparations
Next, buy a suitable shipping container or dry ice carrier. You would need this special equipment to be able to pack food you are shipping with dry ice properly. You can visit a “Dry Ice Directory” online if you’re not sure where to buy dry ice or a dry ice container. Using a “Dry Ice Directory”, you’d be able to submit your area code to the site and get results that are closest to your location. You will then be advised how much dry ice to purchase (depending on the size of the food you are shipping). On the other hand, the standard recommendation is to use 5 to 10 pounds of dry ice for every 1 day that the shipping container is in transit.
Buy plastic bags or Ziplocs to wrap your processed food in. Of course you would need some form of plastic to keep your processed food securely. Aside from that, you would also need to make sure the food will not be in direct contact with the dry ice to protect it from any chemical contamination. Hence, wrap all of the processed food in plastic before placing it in the shipping container with dry ice.
Proper Packing (Packing The Container)
Probably the best way on how to ship frozen food (Fedex or UPS shipment) is to use a urethane insulated container that is at least 2-in. thick. On the other hand if your container isn’t this thick, then it only means you would need to use more dry ice to keep the food frozen. To properly pack frozen food for shipping, place the food at the bottom of the container, then, top it with dry ice (make sure to use gloves when handling dry ice.) Take precaution to make sure that the food and dry ice are packed together as close as possible. The reason is because any free space in between will cause the dry ice to melt faster. You can use pieces of Styrofoam or balled up newspaper to fill in any extra space.
How To Ship Frozen Food (Final Step)
Once the container is packed properly, ship your frozen food immediately. As much as possible, try to ship the package overnight. It does cost the most, but you wouldn’t want to risk your package being in transit for too long most especially because dry ice will keep foods frozen for only up to 48 hours. Choosing to ship overnight can almost 100% guarantee that your processed food will arrive frozen at its destination.
If you cannot bring certain foods, processors, or even food processor parts to a destination, your best choice is to learn to ship processed food frozen properly. By following these steps, you’ll keep the food frozen much longer.