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Posted: 18 August 2009 12:20 PM   [ Ignore ]
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This cookie order is giving me stress. I don’t know how to get these cookies done in time, without them being stale (or dry) by the time the wedding comes!!
THey are due friday morning, and i work wed/thursday all day, and i have too many cookies to decorate in one evening. But the wedding isn’t until Saturday!  Will they be bad if I unfreeze them on wed??
Normally i put TONS of plastic wrap around the cookies so they stay nice, but this time since they are going in a box how am I supposed to do it?? Theres going to be tons or air in it!!!  Any advice will be helpful, as I am going crazy thinking about this.

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Posted: 18 August 2009 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Ski, my heart goes out to you!  I’m pulling for you.

The only thing I can think of is even more work than what you already have, but it’s to put each serving of cookies (are people supposed to have one each?) in a clear bag (like a party favor bag- Wal Mart sells them) and close or seal the bag decoratively, with ribbon or a festive twist tie.  Then put those in the box. 

On the other hand, would the client consider a different pick up time in order to get the freshest quality cookies?  Perhaps a mother or friend who can swing by at a better time?

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Posted: 18 August 2009 01:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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idk she said she wanted trays set out but then she said she wanted them like in a box to make transporting easier, so i was going to put them all in a box and then give her trays to set them out how she wants.

Problem is, the wedding is in 1000 islands, and so the LAST person going up is going up friday (wedding on sat), so that is the very last minute thats possible they can be picked up. I can’t drive them there, its way too far lol.

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Posted: 18 August 2009 01:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I don’t know if this is feasible but, do you have a vacuum sealer? You could vacuum pack them so they stay fresh. It’s more work and I’m sure that is the last thing you need but at least you can rest assured that the cookies will be fresh.

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Posted: 18 August 2009 02:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I don’t have one.
I think i decided i am just going to decorate them ALL on thursday night. If i end up staying up until midnight then so be it. At least then I’ll know they will be more fresh (a whole day wow).  I figure if i get all the piping frosting made prior and get it all in the bags wed night and get my ‘station’ set up, then it should go faster than i am thinking…....I hope so. I usually go to sleep at 10pm lol.

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Posted: 18 August 2009 07:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Hi skiweaver9,

Quality (freshness) does make demands of us, doesn’t it?

.............It sounds like a very good plan. As long as you have that wednesday prep done, your thursday will be less stressful, and go smoothly.

.............I do something similar when preparing to make mutiple batches of dough. I’ll premeasure the dry ingredients and seal my dry mix in a container up to a week ahead of time. Just in case something comes up, (or I take an unplanned nap)- all I have to do is pull out my liquid ingredients and mix.

............looking forward to hearing how it goes.

All the best to you, ....biscuits

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Posted: 18 August 2009 09:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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thank you! Ill let you all know how it goes

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Posted: 18 August 2009 11:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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How about wrapping the boxes in plastic wrap?

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Posted: 19 August 2009 09:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I was actually thinking that maybe i should do what Julie suggested and wrapping each of them in a bag. Do you guys think that this would keep each cookie the freshest???  She said they sell them at Walmart, and they also sell them at Michaels for like $4.99 for 50 (What a rip off!) but I am thinking maybe then i can do that instead and then just put them in the box….


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Posted: 19 August 2009 09:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I often put the whole box in a plastic garbage bag, conform the bag as best I can to the box, and seal the bag closed.  I wish you luck…I’ve been known to stay up most of the night (til 3 or 4 AM) and still go to work in the morning, getting an order done that needs to be fresh…It isn’t fun.  Good luck

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Posted: 19 August 2009 10:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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i guess i still feel like if i put all the cookies in a box and then wrap the box in wrap or a bag, then there will still be a lot of air in the box,  opposed to wrapping each cookie up, or wrapping them to a plate.

I am not sure how air tight those bags are though, i’ve never used them.

I have 1 day to decide lol

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Posted: 19 August 2009 11:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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If the cookies are meant to be eaten on the spot, rather than taken home as favors, perhaps just having them on a plate or cake board, then the whole thing wrapped tightly with plastic wrap (inside the box), so they can just pull the wrap off and set them down on tables.  Would being wrapped for a couple of days disturb the fondant?

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Posted: 19 August 2009 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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yeah they aren’t supposed to be favors. So i will put them on the board, wrap it in wrap and put it in the box. I got a 19x16 box…you think that will hold 96 cookies?? I am worried about piling them on each other. mayb ei should do 2 smaller boxes…

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Posted: 19 August 2009 01:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Ski, maybe you could use Glad Press n Seal to wrap the plates of cookies. First wrap it as tightly as possible with plastic wrap and then wrap it with the Press n Seal. Just a thought…........

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Posted: 19 August 2009 01:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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i can try that. do you thinking piling up this many cookies will damage them though> I am putting them on a cake board (like cardboard actually) to put in the bottom of the box so it will be sturdy. so i’d have to wrap around that….

actually, i will sepearate the layers w/ plastic wrap as well. I think this might work.

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Posted: 20 August 2009 09:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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when i’ve had big cookie orders in the past, i box them in medium-small size boxes and put the box in an extra large ziplocs, and then suck out as much air as possible with a straw.  i’ve never had complaints about the cookies being stale.  it means more boxes, but the decorated cookies stay in better shape, and they stay fresh…good luck!

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