When A is gone, I show my love via care packages. When he’s home, that love is expressed via homemade food. For a long time, I viewed one as replacing the other, but not anymore! As I’ve gotten more familiar with this world, I’ve learned that care package recipes that will make it overseas exist.
In order for care package recipes to make it overseas, they need to withstand at least two weeks of high temperatures, zero refrigeration and some bumps along the way. It’s important to keep that in mind when putting recipes together.
Care Package Recipes
I shared my patriotic trail mix earlier this month, but the possibilities here are really endless! Since you’re making it yourself, you can really customize the ingredients to your loved one’s preferences. There are so many recipes out there, that there is something for everyone, plus it’s easy for your loved one to share with friends and co-workers. Here are a few ideas to get you started: sweet and salty trail mix, low-carb trail mix and S’mores trail mix.
Granola is trail mix’s healthier cousin and is great to send overseas. Once again, it’s easy to customize and completely shareable. This graphic has an easy recipe plus loads of customization ideas.
Cake in a jar
If there are favorite care package recipes among military spouses, cakes in mason jars are it. There are so many variations and they are super popular. You can even use boxed cake mix! SpouseBuzz has a great step-by-step tutorial for putting them together.
The good thing about biscotti is that it’s meant to be hard! And while I still recommend taking the steps below to give it the best change of arriving in good condition, it does give you a little more wiggle room. Avoid recipes with chocolate chips in the biscotti or chocolate has a drizzle on top as that will likely melt during the journey. This classic almond biscotti or the cinnamon toast biscotti would be great to send along with some nicer coffee!
While all of these care package recipes have a better chance of making it overseas in good shape, there are additional steps that you can take to maximize their changes of still being delicious when they arrive.
Shrink wrap everything.
If you have a machine that does it for you, that’s fantastic! But if not, consider wrapping things very tightly in plastic wrap and then place them in a plastic airtight container. Double-wrapping items doesn’t guarantee they’ll arrive perfectly fresh, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Add a slice of bread.
The theory is that adding a slice of bread to your care package recipes keeps baked goods softer. The baked items absorb the moisture from the bread and don’t go stale as quickly. Use white bread so the bread doesn’t transfer any flavor to your homemade goodies.
Bake things at the last minute.
Your care package recipes are going to take a few weeks to get into the hands of your loved one. Don’t extend that time by baking something way in advance. Bake as close to your shipping date as possible and package items quickly. Wait for things to cool completely though!
What care package recipes have you sent to your loved one?