Panettone is an Italian sweet bread that originated from Milan. It usually contains candied orange, citron, lemon zest, and raisins. Although traditionally served during the Christmas holidays, the Panettone is a perfect accompaniment for coffee, tea and even sweet wines at any time of the year. Because it is a sturdy bread that doesn’t go bad easily, it is relatively easy to ship a panettone. However, it must be packed properly to keep its shape and delight the recipient. Here are tips on how to pack and ship a Panettone.
If you baked the panettone yourself, make sure to let it cool first before packing. Otherwise, steam from the hot bread will create moisture making it more susceptible to mildew and bacterial growth, shortening its shelf life.
To keep the bread from drying out or going stale, wrap it first in a brown paper and then in a plastic Ziploc bag.
Place the wrapped bread in a sturdy box and if there is excess space, add padding material such as shredded paper or packing peanuts so it will not shift or move around during transit.
Take the package to the post office or shipping company and send it overnight or priority. You want the panettone to reach its destination as soon as possible so the recipients will enjoy it immediately.
Let your recipient know that there is a package coming so they will be home to receive the package or know it contains perishable goods so it doesn’t end up sitting at the post office or on a doorstep.
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