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Experience with shipping home-canned goods? -moved from Home Cooking board

loraxc | Oct 25, 201109:39 AM

I have a lot of family members who would love to try some of my home-canned goodies. I would enjoy giving these as Christmas gifts, too. However, I live very far away from all of them. Though I will probably fly to their area at Christmas, I have no inclination to pack all this stuff. Has anyone tried shipping home-canned goods? Is it ludicrously cost-prohibitive, and how did you make sure nothing broke? I was wondering if the USPS flat rate boxes might be a good option.

I would normally spend about $20-25/pp on these gifts, so I would NOT want to spend more than that on shipping/ingredients per person. If I did canned goods, I would like to give at least 5 jars. For it to make any financial sense, I guess shipping would need to be a max of say, $2 per jar? I know pint vs half pint would matter too, but that is getting complicated...

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