Nothing sounds more heavenly than receiving baked goods in the mail, so you may think that gifting your loved ones a loaf or two of your special zucchini bread is a great idea.
But how do you ship zucchini bread properly to make sure it arrives at your friend’s doorstep in tip-top shape?
The secret to successfully shipping zucchini bread lies in the right packaging, choosing a suitable shipping option, and other tips that we’ll discuss right below!
Can You Ship Zucchini Bread?
Yes. Unlike other types of baked goods like cakes, cookies, or normal bread, zucchini bread is the perfect bread to ship to someone across the country.
The reason behind this is that zucchini bread—as well as other types of quick bread like banana or cinnamon—doesn’t break apart or crumble. So, it typically does pretty well in the mail.
Still, you should keep in mind that it’s relatively heavier compared to other baked goods, so it may be a bit more expensive to ship.
How to Ship Zucchini Bread: Step-by-step
Now, let’s get down to business!
Here’s the best way to ship zucchini bread without worrying about its safety:
Step 1: Bake the Bread and Let It Cool Completely
Of course, after baking your tasty bread, leave it on your kitchen counter until it reaches room temperature. Otherwise, wrapping it while it’s still hot will make condensation form all around it.
By the time it gets to your recipient, it’ll have turned soggy and unappetizing.
Step 2: Package Your Zucchini Bread Well
Once your bread has cooled down, it’ll be time to choose the suitable packaging for it. We recommend you keep it in a reusable aluminum pan (make sure it fits snugly), then wrap the whole thing with plastic wrap.
It’s important to tape the wrappings so that your bread remains fresh for as long as possible.
Next, you’ll have to drop this little package inside a small box—don’t leave any room for jostling. If there is, you can fill the empty space with bubble wrap to keep the bread from moving.
Finally, put the small box in a slightly bigger one just to be extra safe, and again, fill any unoccupied spaces with bubble wrap.
Also, consider dropping a cute, thoughtful note before sealing the box—special touches like this one will take your gift to a whole different level!
A good way to tell if your bread is securely packaged is to shake the box gently. If you don’t hear any rattling or feel anything moving inside, then it should be ready to go.
Step 3: Mark Your Package and Ship Your Bread
In this step, you’ll need to tape your box one last time and add the shipping address as well as the return address. Make sure those two are large and clear to prevent shipping mistakes.
Next comes the labeling stage. Here, you’ll have to write FRAGILE and PERISHABLE on each side of your box.
Don’t forget to write THIS SIDE UP, too, to ensure that your bread doesn’t suffer from the force of gravity!
Now that your zucchini bread is ready for shipping, go ahead and pick a shipping company. USPS, UPS, and FedEx are all great candidates, as they offer numerous shipping options tailored for baked goods or perishable items in general.
A budget-friendly choice is standard priority mail, but you may want to go for express or overnight options to maintain the bread’s freshness. These will definitely cost you more—usually somewhere from $45–$100.
How to Make Sure Shipped Bread Remains Fresh
A few things can help your bread taste wonderful once it reaches your loved ones’ places. Besides the steps we mentioned earlier, consider these tips, too, to maximize your zucchini bread’s freshness during shipping:
- Always ship your bread the same day you’ve baked it.
- If you’re unable to ship your bread the same day, put it in the freezer to extend its shelf life.
- Don’t send your bread too close to a weekend or a holiday to avoid delays.
- Make sure that there are no openings in the package so as not to allow any air inside.
- Let your friend know you’ll be sending them bread in the mail to ensure they’ll be home to receive it—otherwise, it may sit for a long time in front of their doorstep until it goes bad.
Knowing how to ship zucchini bread is a must to guarantee that your delicious bread will reach your loved one’s home in good shape. Better still, it’s easy to ship your bread by following a few straightforward steps.
Wait until it cools down, wrap it tightly and put it in multiple boxes, mark it properly to ensure its safety, and you can finally ship it using the shipping class you prefer.
Your friend will surely appreciate the gesture!
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.