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Best baked goods for mailing

nooodles | Sep 16, 200512:11 AM

I have some hard working student friends who deserve homebaked goods a few weeks in to their school year. My question is: what baked goods travel well? I live in SF. One package only needs to get to Davis; the other needs to go all the way to DC.

If I'm willing to shell out for overnight, I just need things that will keep at room temperature (or a little higher) for 24 hours. How do people feel about:

-shortbread cookies
-loaf cakes (without too many perishable ingredients like carrots, zucchini)

What else have people mailed with success? Any packaging tips? Should I throw in a few packets of dessicant (I save these from Asian snack packages)? I don't have a FoodSaver, but I was thinking maybe I could get a butcher or deli to vacuum pack something for me if I happen to be buying something (like Golden Gate Meats in the Ferry Building). If that doesn't happen, the best I'm going to be able to do is some of that Gladware stuff or several layers of plastic wrap in a cardboard box.

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