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I would like to send my daughter, two states away, a German Chocolate Cheesecake for her birthday. I know I need to freeze it before. And it is good we live in the north, that will help this time of year.

But any suggestions on packing with styrofoam and dry ice? Sending it overnight is outrageously expensive.

post #2 of 6

basic guide for the mail or other overnight service using dry ice. but I don't know the details. 


Using dry ice can require a hazardous material disclaimer and/or rate too. Seems it may depend on how much dry ice you're using. It may need to vent built up CO2 as well.  Worth talking to your shipping service to find out the details. 

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post #3 of 6

>>two states away . . .


via UPS / Fedex that's essentially "next day service" even at "standard" rates


using dry ice (CO2) entails huge amounts of paperwork and cost.  the "not water" frozen cooling packs would be quite adequate and entail zero "special" issues for two states / zone 1


line the carton with a plastic bag to contain cold air.  wrap up the cheese cake; ice paks below/on top; pad carton to 100% of volume so the cake cannot move.


must be marked "Perishable" - put the delivery address outside and inside the box - tracking number also, if possible; else felt tip the tracking number on the box so if the label gets ripped off.....

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Thank you both for your help. The websites were also very helpful. I will let you know how it turns out!

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The cheesecake made it! I could not afford the overnight and sent it two-day through UPS. I prayed over it! :)

The idea that came to me was foam insulation panels. Home Depot had 2' x 2' sizes. A friend gave me a box that was 1' x 1' x 1'. I work in our local newspaper office and we have this old cast iron paper cutter. It worked perfectly for cutting the panels into 1' x 1' panels. I cut a circle a bit larger than the cake in four of the panels.

The cake I wrapped in three layers of plastic wrap and two layers of aluminum foil and then froze it. I purchased also an insulated shopping bag to add more insulation to the cake when shipping. And I purchased two blue ice packs. I put them on a panel of insulation and drew around them to cut a hole for them to "snuggle" in.

When it was time to ship, I placed a panel in the bottom of the box and then added the four panels with the circles cut into them. The cake was wrapped in the shopping bag and then placed in the middle of the four panels. Perfect height! Then I placed the ice packs and the next cut out insulation panel on top of the protected cake. Then an uncut panel on top. Sealed up the box and sent it out.

My daughter said the cake was still cold and the packs still had ice in them!

Everyone there enjoyed it!

Thank you for your help!

post #6 of 6

doncha' luv it when a plan comes together (g)


glads to hear it worked out well!

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