How to Mail Meat

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How to Mail Meat
Keep meat cool at all times during the shipping process or it will spoil. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

If you live in an area of the world known for its cuts of beef, tasty seafood or other decadent meat items, it is only normal to want to share these tasty treats with family and friends. However, mailing food items --- especially perishable items like meat --- is not as simple as mailing a letter. To mail meat, you need to check with the United States Postal Office to find out its policies regarding shipping food to certain areas in the country.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Foam cooler
  • Shrink wrap
  • Cooling source (ice, ice packs)
  • Permanent marker

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  1. 1

    Pack the meat tightly inside a heavy cardboard box, then place the box inside an appropriately-sized foam cooler. Add a cold source into the cooler such as various ice packs, or bags filled with ice.

  2. 2

    Shrink-wrap the cooler shut with polythene film. This doubles as a final protective layer and keeps the cooler's lid attached.

  3. 3

    Put the container inside another cardboard box and label it carefully with a permanent marker. Write "Keep Refrigerated" in a visible location on the outside of your box, along with all the required shipping information.

  4. 4

    Go to the post office to send out your package. They will help you determine the fastest route possible to send the package. Choose fast shipping so your cold source keeps the meat cold until it arrives at its destination.

  5. 5

    Inform the recipient you are sending them a perishable food package. That way, they can be around on the estimated delivery date so the meat inside does not go bad.

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