Fruit-drying is a common method of preserving fruits that has been used for thousand of years. By removing water from the fruits, their shelf life can be lenghtened by preventing the growth of bacteria. Thus, fruits can be consumed even outside of their peak season.
Drying preserves much of the original flavour and nutrient content of fruits and will turn them into healthy snack-time treats. Dried fruits can be enjoyed on their own, mixed with nuts or used as ingredients for baked goods and other dishes. Popoular fruits for drying are strawberries, apples, apricots, peaches, pineapples, oranges and plums. Read more →
Homemade marshmallows make great all-occasion gifts. They are easy to prepare (here’s a great recipe!) and can be infused with all sorts of flavors from the popular vanilla to the sophisticated lavender or decadent chocolate. They are light-weight and, if properly prepared, can stay fresh for a long time, making them perfect for shipping.
Because they are soft, homemade marshmallows must be properly packed prior to shipping to prevent them from getting squished and deformed during transit. Here are tips on how to properly pack and ship homemade marshmallows to ensure that these soft, fluffy and sweet confections arrive in excellent condition. Read more →
There’s nothing quite as special as receiving exotic fruits such as figs. While they also taste great when eaten fresh, figs are commonly available in the dried or processed form (jams and chutneys) because they do not keep long. Ripe figs do not transport well, and once picked from the tree, do not keep well.
Apart from being eaten right out of hand, fresh figs are very versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes both savory and sweet. However, they are not usually available commercially since they are difficult to transport and can go bad easily. Read more →
Sausage making is a popular technique to preserve meats. In fact, almost every country has its traditional way of preparing sausages. Curing, drying or smoking can be used to lengthen the shelf life of sausages. However, there are also fresh sausages or those made from meats that have not been previously cured, hence, must be refrigerated and thoroughly cooked before eating.
Whether shipping fresh, cured, dried or smoked sausages, proper packing is essential to ensure that the processed meat products are in excelent condition when they arrive in their destination. Apart from keeping the sausages intact, sanitation is also a primary consideration to prevent the food items from getting exposed to organisms that can lead to spoilage. Read more →
Honey is known as a natural sweetener that nourishes the body and promotes good health. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, and beneficial enzymes, honey is said to boost the immune system, aid in weight loss and reduce the risk of heart disease when taken internally as part of the diet. Honey is also used as an organic facial mask or lotion to help moisturize and rejuvenate the skin.
The demand for all-natural and unadulterated honey has attracted many to individuals to start their own bee-keeping and honey production businesses right at their backyards. If you are one of these enterprising individuals and are wondering how to send your first batch of bottled honey to your family, friends and customers, here are some tips on how to ship honey that will help ensure that the sweet liquid will arrive safely and in good condition. Read more →
Chili peppers are one of the most popular spices in the world. They come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, flavors and heat intensity. They have been a part of the human diet in the Americas since at least 7500 BC. Today, chili peppers are indispensable ingredient to many dishes.
Many varieties of chili pepers are very easy to plant and propagate by seeds or cuttings. A lot of avid fans of hot peppers are growing their own chili peppers to ensure that they have a steady stash of the hot stuff all year round. Read more →
Baked goodies can be a heart warming gift. They can also be a good source of extra income among stay-at-home moms. However, the highly perishable nature of these food items has made many home bakers hesitant to ship their goodies to family, friends or customers from far away places for fear that the they might arrive stale, moldy or simply inedible.
When sending baked goods, the items must be properly packed and shipped promptly. Nobody wants to receive chocolate chips cookies that have turned into a heap of crumbs or a pound cake covered in mold. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to properly pack and ship baked goods to ensure they arrive fresh and in the best condition. Read more →
Truffles, the fungi and not the chocolate treats, are highly prized food items. They are held in high esteem in Middle Eastern, French, Spanish, Italian and Greek cooking because of the exotic flavor they give to dishes.
They grow underground, usually under trees known for hosting them. Truffles come in different varieties, all of which hard to collect from nature, hence their hefty price tag. Furthermore, specially trained pigs and dogs are needed to locate them. While truffles are already being cultivated commercially, they remain valuable because of the time and effort it take to grow and extract them. No wonder they earned the monicker, “the diamonds of the kitchen.” Read more →