Don’t Forget Our Soldiers!

Don’t Forget Our Soldiers!

 

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Our soldiers fighting abroad help to keep us safe and sound. Why not show your appreciation to a soldier by sending him or her a tasty gift! Here are some recommendations from the United States Department of Agriculture for safe and delicious options to be sent oversees:

  • Most importantly, mail foods that are not perishable, can tolerate a range of temperatures, and won’t break with rough handling (Remember that your package may have to last several weeks during transit).
  • Dried beef or poultry such as beef jerky or beef slims.
  • Dehydrated soups and drink mixes (lightweight and safe to mail). Condiments in packets (hot sauce, Cajun seasoning packets).
  • Dense and dry baked goods, such as fruit cakes and biscotti (won’t mold), commercially packaged cakes and cookies in airtight tins, and dry cookies such as gingersnaps.
  • When mailing sturdy cookies and homemade candies, wrap each piece individually and pack items in commercially popped corn, styrofoam packaging peanuts, or foam to help cushion them for the trip. Place in a sturdy box and seal with packaging tape.
  • Dried fruits such as raisins and apricots, canned nuts and fruit, commercially packaged trail mix.
  • Hard candies and sturdy homemade sweets such as pralines and toffee are safe to mail (high sugar content inhibits bacteria growth).
  • Homemade toasted pecans (as in this week’s and next week’s newsletters!)
  • As an alternative to homemade gifts, some people may wish to send favorite mail order foods, such as summer sausage, cheese, cakes, and snacks ordered through the internet or mail order to their soldiers.

For more ideas to send soldiers, go to: USDA.gov