Sending a Fresh Pie Through Mail

Updated on October 05, 2015
L.M. asks from Nampa, ID
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Okay.... I guess I'm really known for a certain pie and we have friends who live in other states... I've never shipped food to other states. How do I do this? Any advice is welcome.

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answers from Phoenix on

I will be happy to be your test person so I'll message you my address. I like all pie. lol

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answers from Dallas on

Do you have a UPS or FedEx location close by? If so, they can help you package it properly and add dry ice if needed to keep it fresh.

You would certainly send on priority overnight which can get quite pricey depending on weight, size of the box and the zip code where it will be delivered.

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answers from Washington DC on

Depends upon WHAT kind of pie it is.

Apple, cherry, etc.? It will most likely need dry ice. I would wrap it REALLY tight in something like Glad Press 'n seal. then the right size box so there is NO WIGGLE ROOM. then place it inside another box that has padding - a lot of it - and make sure you write on the outside ^^^ THIS SIDE UP ^^^ and send it express - next day.

If you'd like to try this on me?? Send me a message and I'll send you my address and pay for postage.

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answers from Louisville on

It would have to be priority overnite packages - and that will be $$$

My mom made my son a jam cake for his b'day one year and shipped it to him -- she could have bought the stuff to make more cakes for what the shipping cost (we use a combo of two family recipes). She said she could send him the money to buy it all along with the directions and been way ahead.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I have shipped perishables and my mom has shipped baked goods--never a pie.
First thing? Save some money! Because you're going to need containers, cooler (maybe) ice packs, and a box.
Choose containers that allow VERY little wiggle room!
Will need to be overnighted.



answers from Dallas on

It's gonna cost probably $10 per pie to ship.


answers from Chicago on

Pies normally have to be consumed within 1-2 days of making to keep the integrity of the crust. You will have to pay the overnight rates and that can be pricey.

My SIL is a pastry chef and when she mails cookies or quick breads to us, she wraps them tightly in several layers of plastic wrap, and then bubble wrap. Depending on what it is, she puts packing peanuts in the box as well.

Good luck!



answers from Austin on

When shipping food, instead of using styrofoam "peanuts" or plastic packing material (other than the plastic wrap that the pie is wrapped in), pack the box with real popcorn, popped in a neutral oil (not a flavored oil) and unsalted. That way you won't risk styrofoam bits and shreds in the food, and popped popcorn is pretty sturdy. The popcorn can be composted, or little kids can make crafts with it (they can make a pretty mosaic and paint it), or I think that it's ok to set it out for wild birds. Little kids can "paint" peanut butter on a pine cone and roll it in crushed popped popcorn and hang the pinecone from a tree as a treat for the birds.

Also, if you think you'll be sending this pie to the same friend, a few times a year, you might buy a plastic pie "taker". There are lots to choose from if you google "plastic pie taker" and lots on Amazon that are not glass. You could make the pie, and ship it in this plastic pie keeper (they're designed for safely taking a pie to Grandma's on Thanksgiving, or transporting a pie in the car, or for carrying to a pot luck, for example). Your friend can wash it and send it back to you, empty, and you can save it for the next shipment.

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