Post # 1
Hello bees! Have any of you ever sent baked goods to your husband/fiance/SO in a care package overseas? I’ve seen pictures of cake in a jar that military wives have sent their husbands and I thought that it was really neat. I’ve already sent the first care package for this deployment and he said that it was awesome! However, I think that it would be nice to send him something that I baked. Does anyone have any advice?
Post # 3
I suggest baking something that will last for a bit. My brother has been out on two deployments so my family has had plenty of time to experiment with what works and what doesn’t. No moist cookies or cakes that could mold because you never know how long it will take a package to reach its destination (ours have taken anywhere from a week or so to a month!). Basic chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, etc. seem to work really well though, and are much appreciated! Good luck and I hope your man stays safe!
Post # 4
My only advice on cake in a jar is don’t do it! It’s cute, no doubt, but if it goes wrong it can get someone very sick – which is the last thing needed on a deployment.
That said, cookies travel well. I know some people put a slice of bread in with the cookies to keep them from getting too hard. You can also pack them individually in pringles cans. Google has tons of ideas for that.
I prefer sending things that are prepacked and meant to last. It’s not as much fun but it’s much safer and you know it’s going to be okay when it gets there.
The other thing you could do is make up a dry mix that you just add water to and microwave so he can make a cake in a jar himself (if he has access to a microwave). I think there’s an angel food cake + another cake mix recipe out there that you could send him little pre measured jars.
Post # 5
Hmmm…this may be a silly question, but aren’t there sometimes regulations with sending perishables across borders? I know there are some really strict laws with produce, and I could see there being a similar issue with perishables.
Whatever you do send, I would make sure it has very little moisture to it. Moisture is what bacteria start to breed from, so something like a cake with frosting, etc I think would be more likely to grow something on it than something drier like cookies. Seeing as it can takes weeks to get things to some countries overseas, you wouldn’t want to get DH/FI and his buddies sick!
Post # 6
Hello I was in the Army and deployed.I think cookies survived best.Truthfully,anything from home is appreciated.I was happy to get bills in the mail.lol
Post # 7
I had two cousins that did 3 tours in Iraq, we always sent cake in a jars, just make sure they seal properly. We would also send along a can of frosting. My cousins and their friends liked them so much we’d have to send one a care package and one package of just cakes lol
Post # 8
@carolinagirl104: Try avoiding something that could melt, like chocolate. You dont know which part of the plane it will be in and if it is too close to the engine, it could melt. I always sent so many gooides to my ex-boyfriend over seas and it was always a big hit with him and the other guys.
@ChemistryBride: As for the restrictions of sending perishables. Just say no. It is lyeing, but its a cookie and that wont hurt anything. Myself and my sister have done it several times.
Post # 9
i send cookies and like triple wrap them. i’ve done cake in jar and sealed them and sent a can of frosting my hubby said it was fresh and good when he got them!
Post # 10
@ChemistryBride: I have done intense research on what you can and cannot send and it basically said that you cannot send anything that you baked to ppl that you don’t know.
Post # 11
I always sent cookies. I freeze them after they cool and don’t take them out until I am ready to wrap and ship them. Make sure you wrap anything you make and then put it in a baggie.
Also, since it’s getting to be the Holiday rush, I would wait to send anything homemade until after Christmas. Mail tends to be slower this time of year, from my experience.
Post # 12
@aleeblueeyes: Thanks for the tips! That makes a lot of since that mail is slower around this time of the year. I just sent him some mail about a week ago and he has not received it yet. But earlier when I sent the first care package, he received it within a week.