December 27, 2023

Shipping frozen food demands precise refrigeration and insulation to guarantee the freshness of your products upon arrival. Adequate packaging safeguards items like fish or cheese from extreme temperatures and humidity, preventing spoilage during transit and ultimately saving both time and money.

Here's a guide on how to effectively package frozen food for shipping, ensuring optimal freshness:

1. Wrap Food Securely in Airtight Packaging

Proper wrapping is crucial to maintaining the right temperature and preventing spoilage. Utilize airtight packaging such as aluminum foil, vacuum bags, or glass to preserve freshness. Choose a suitable packaging material, like a cardboard box, based on the quantity of frozen food. Wrap the food in multiple plastic bags before placing them in an airtight container within a cardboard box. Ensure the plastic bags are airtight, expelling any excess air before sealing. Additionally, make sure the plastic wrappings are watertight to prevent leakage, ensuring the outer cardboard box remains dry.

2. Select an Insulated Box of Appropriate Size

Opt for the correct size of an insulated box for shipping frozen food. Ensure the box accommodates your food and the appropriate amount of ice—avoiding boxes that are either too small or too large. An excessively large box may lead to quicker thawing of fresh products, as the empty space within the container lacks structure and support, potentially causing damage and increasing shipping costs.

3. Arrange Frozen Items in the Shipping Box

Arrange your fresh products in the shipping box similarly to how they would be arranged in a cooler. Leave sufficient space for adding dry ice and allow finger room for the recipient to easily reach and remove the food. Ensure the products are placed on a flat surface and arranged compactly.

4. Include Dry Ice Packs in the Package

When adding dry ice packs to your package, wear specialized gloves to prevent injuries. Dry ice, which transitions directly from a solid to a gas state, effectively lowers temperatures to keep products cold. The quantity of dry ice needed depends on the size of the frozen food and the destination's climate. Adjust accordingly, with more dry ice for hot climates and less for colder environments.

5. Ensure Accurate Labeling and Classification on the Box

Accurate labeling is crucial for various reasons, including package tracking, informing the recipient of the expiration date, and assigning priority. Mark your package as high priority for swift delivery, reducing the risk of spoilage. Correctly label your package based on the shipping service, and indicate that it contains perishable items. If dry ice is used, include relevant details such as net weight, sender and recipient names and addresses.

Ship Your Fresh Foods

Implementing proper packaging techniques guarantees the safe and well-preserved arrival of your food products, ultimately saving time and costs. If you require assistance in shipping your frozen food, contact your local AIM Mail Centers to help. Visit us today and inquire about our services.