How to Ship Frozen Food

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Things You'll Need

  • Insulated shipping container

  • Frozen food

  • Plastic liner, plastic wrap or plastic bag

  • Styrofoam or newspaper

  • Dry ice

  • Gloves

Eating on a daily basis is essential for survival. With so many delicious foods in the world, it is very easy to find something you like and to want it on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many things can happen that will either take us away from our favorite foods or take our favorite foods away from us. While we once had to make do without our favorite treats, now there is a way to get your favorite foods, even when you are nowhere near them. Shipping frozen foods is a great way to send and receive your favorite snacks without the risk of spoiling, as long as it's done right.


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Step 1

Purchase dry ice. The only way to guarantee freshness when shipping frozen food is to ship it with dry ice. In order to pack dry ice into your shipping container, you'll first need to buy it. If you are not aware of a dry ice carrier near you, visit the "Dry Ice Directory." This website allows you to submit your area code and then gives you locations closest to you. Depending on the size of your shipment, the employees will be able to tell you how much dry ice should be purchased, but it is recommended to use anywhere from 5 to 10 lbs. for every 24 hours the container is in transit.


Step 2

Wrap food in plastic. Even though you are shipping your frozen food with dry ice, there are several variables that could cause the food to come in contact with the ice, therefore it is advised to take extra precaution and wrap all of the food before placing it in the container with the dry ice.

Step 3

Pack the container. When shipping frozen food with dry ice, it is important to use an insulated container. The shipping container known to work best is a urethane insulated container at least 2 inches thick. If you choose to use a container that is not this thick, additional dry ice will be needed to keep your food frozen. When packing your frozen food, place the food on bottom and the dry ice on top (wear gloves when handling the dry ice); be sure the food and the ice are as close together as possible. Fill in any extra space with styrofoam pieces or balled up newspaper. Any extra space may cause the dry ice to warm faster. By filling in this space, you'll keep your food frozen longer.


Step 4

Ship frozen food. Once your container is properly packed, immediately ship your frozen food. When choosing shipping options, always ship your package overnight. While this option does cost the most, you never want to risk having your package in transit too long; most dry ice will only keep your food frozen for up to 48 hours. By choosing overnight shipping, you can almost guarantee that your food will arrive frozen at its destination.