Are you thinking of starting your own bakery sometime soon or do you simply make amazing pies? You might need to ship your pies out at some point to customers, friends, or family members who want to enjoy them.
The problem with this is that shipping them seems like it could be tough and you want it to get to its destination in one piece.
What can you do to ship a pie safely so that it doesn’t get all messed up while in transit? There are a few things that you can do to ensure that you get the best results.
Read on to learn exactly how to ship a pie so that the person you’re shipping it to will be happy.
Bake the Pie in the Right Type of Tin
The most practical way to get started will be to bake the pie using the right type of tin. There are pie tins that will allow you to easily attach a domed lid of some kind. Most often, you will find that these domed lids are made out of plastic.
When you go to buy a pie in a grocery store, the pies will come with these standard types of domed lids that connect to the tin that the pie is in. You can bake the pie in an aluminum type of pie tin that will connect to a domed lid and this will make it safer for you to ship it.
Of course, baking the pie in a tin like this isn’t the only thing that you need to worry about when shipping it. There are also other steps that you will need to take to get good results.
Keep reading so that you can do all that you can to keep your pies safe.
Cover the Pie with Plastic Wrapping and Freeze it
You’re going to want to cover the pie with plastic wrapping and then freeze it. The plastic wrapping should go over the pie tin and domed lid that you were told to use earlier.
Once you have wrapped it up nicely, you’re going to want to place it in the freezer overnight.
Then you just remove it from the freezer the next day so that you can prepare it for the actual shipping process. The rest of this won’t be too hard and you’re almost there at the finish line.
Use Packing Materials
It’s going to be best to go ahead and use packing materials to get your pie ready to ship.
For the best results, you should try to tape some packing materials to the top of the domed lid to try to keep it from shifting around. This won’t take too long and you can use something like old newspapers if you don’t have other options.
You then place the pie in a box and pack it in as tightly as you can with packing materials. Some people use packing peanuts, but you can also simply pack it tightly with old newspapers or other such things.
If you pack it really well, then it’s not going to be as likely to move around and get damaged during shipping.
Next, you should close the box up and tape it up thoroughly for the trip. You want to ensure that it has been taped up well enough that the top of the box won’t come open. When in doubt, using more tape is safer than not using enough tape.
Write out your shipping label next or go ahead and print it out if you’re going that route. Once it has been placed on the box, it’ll be ready for you to ship it.
It’s recommended that you drive directly to the shipping business and choose the next-day shipping option to get your pie where it needs to go.
You can check out the different shipping businesses in your area to see which one is the best to go with as well. Some shipping companies might be more accustomed to handling baked goods than others.
You will want to ensure that the courier understands that the item you’re shipping is a pie and it needs to be handled with care.
Marking the package with a fragile sticker or something like that might suffice. Some shipping companies will make a specific note that says the box is a baked good.
Just try to give the company the right information so things will be handled with care.
Some Pies Don’t Ship Well
It’s important to know that not all pies are going to be easy to ship in this fashion. For example, cream pies are going to be more likely to get messed up along the way.
Any pie that utilizes a meringue will have problems and there isn’t a lot that can be done about this if you’re just an average person making pies.
If your pies are cream pies or meringue pies, then you might want to consider another option. Some people have shipped them fine by shipping them in a secure package that also contains cooling materials.
There are special shipping arrangements that you can make with couriers to ship items that need refrigeration as well.
However, fruit pies, pumpkin pies, double-crust pies, and more will ship perfectly fine using the methods explained earlier. Just be ready to pack things well and you shouldn’t have a lot of trouble shipping the pies.
So long as they are shipped out expediently, everything will turn out well.
Ship Your Pies with Confidence
Hopefully, the above primer gave you enough information to allow you to ship your pies confidently.
Standard pies such as fruit pies should be very easy to ship so long as you’re careful. Shipping cream pies and meringue pies might require you to contact a special courier so that they will arrive fresh and intact.
It’s just good to know that you can ship pies to relatives who miss your baking or people who would like to buy your baked goods. Whatever the case is, you’re going to be able to get good results by approaching things intelligently.
Using the right packing materials and just being mindful of preventing the pie from slipping around inside of the box will make a huge difference.
Sarah is the founder of Baking Kneads, LLC, a blog sharing guides, tips, and recipes for those learning how to bake. Growing up as the daughter of a baker, she spent much of her childhood learning the basics in a local bakery.