Holiday foods: Homemade and mail order gifts are welcome

A popular gift to send over the holiday season is food, either homemade or specially ordered. Food safety experts at Kansas State want to make sure that you don’t send your friends and family spoiled or unsafe food. One of the most important things is refrigeration. Londa Nwadike recommends freezing items that need to be kept cold and then packing it with an ice pack or some dry ice. Additionally, she suggests labeling the outside of the box with “keep refrigerated” and ensuring that someone will be at the delivery location to collect the delivery. Sweets oftentimes don’t need as much extra care, because sugar can keep the food from spoiling, but cheesecakes need to be kept below 40 degrees at all times.

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