I would love to send a couple of boules/loaves to my stepfather, who lives across the country (US) from me. Has anyone ever shipped fresh (or frozen?) homemade loaves? By mailing or shipping I mean either one-day express mail or two-day Priority Mail (via USPS), or some other rapid method. Questions I have include:
- Is it better to freeze a loaf after it has baked and cooled, and then ship it frozen? Or ship it unfrozen, same day it comes out of the oven?
- How should I pack it – in what materials?
- Can I use two-day shipping or should I go with overnight only?
- What advice should I give my stepfather regarding what to do with the bread on arrival (e.g., reviving the crust in the oven or toaster, slicing and storing, etc).
By the way, I don’t mind shipping a couple of loaves via overnight mail. This is a gift, and would be a really nice surprise for my stepfather. This winter he’s sent me (via Priority Mail) a couple of boxes of fresh mandarins and garlic from their garden.
Any advice is appreciated.