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Crumb-Free Handling: The Complete Guide to Transporting Your Baked Goods

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If you’re in the baking industry and you deliver your baked goods, you know how challenging transport can be. Baked goods are fragile and soft and they should be carefully transported to maintain their quality and freshness all while delivering them on time. So, it’s important to have the right tools, aside from the right vehicle, to get them to their destination, safe and sound.

Transporting Bread

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Transporting bread from one place to another might seem like an easy task, you just put it in the transport and you’re good to go. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, since the bread can be crushed during transportation. To avoid the potential damage you need to equip yourself with some tools that will ensure safe transportation. 

Bread Crates 

This is undoubtedly one of the most important tools when transporting bread. Nowadays, durable and versatile bread crates should be designed to provide ample support to prevent crushing and at the same time proper air circulation to avoid moisture buildup since the bread is going to be warm.

Opt for sturdy crates to make sure that they aren’t easily damaged during transportation and moving, as well as well-ventilated ones so that the baked goods can preserve the crispiness of the crust. You also need to consider the size of the loaves when you’re selecting the bread crate so that you can ensure that the bread fits properly and is not squeezed and crushed. Some of them even have handles, so that whoever is transporting or moving the bread won’t accidentally press the loaf or squeeze it, it will be handled with care and the bread will keep its texture and shape.

These tools aren’t just great for moving and transporting though. You can use them to store the bread and even display your baked goods in it. You can also prepare things beforehand and put them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them. Another great thing is that they can be stacked on top of each other without crushing the bread and since they have good ventilation your bread will be able to breathe.

If your bakery does event planning and catering, these bread crates will be quite helpful. You can store the food and transport it easily and even serve it by keeping them all stacked. That way you’re going to save on space and efficiency and you don’t have to stress about organising everything beforehand. They are also washable, so if you accidentally spill food on top of them, you can easily wash them and they’re ready to go.

Packaging 

Packaging is also important when transporting bread because if you don’t do a good job at packaging, the bread can be damaged and lose its freshness and softness.  It provides an extra layer of protection against potential contaminants and it doesn’t let the bread go stale. Using insulated bags or boxes is a great thing because they will let the bread breathe, protect it from being crushed and they are quite easy to find. You can even double-wrap to provide another extra layer of protection.

Keep the Bread Warm

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There’s nothing better than when you buy bread it’s still a little bit warm, so you rush home to eat it. If your bakery offers freshly baked bread, keeping it warm during transport is crucial since your customers are going to expect it. As mentioned above, insulated bags are designed to keep food warm for longer. 

Another great way to keep the bread warm is to use waxed paper which is made of material that will retain the heat and they will prevent sogginess because they are breathable. If you’re transporting hard-crusted bread, you need to cover the crust with a damp cloth to keep it from getting too brittle. Another crucial thing about keeping the bread warm is transport time. No matter how well you wrap it, it can only stay warm for so long, so beware of that too.

Other Baked Goods

When it comes to other baked goods, they all deserve equal attention. Different types of pastries, rolls, pies and even muffins have their unique requirements. They differ in strength and while some are meant to be eaten warm, others are better if consumed cool, so you need to pay attention to that. Warm ones need to stay warm and cool ones need to stay cool, so you need to provide the proper packaging and you need to handle them with care to deliver them safe and sound to their destination. 

Making and baking bread and other baked goods isn’t an easy task. Delivering them on time and untouched is also a difficult task if you don’t have the proper equipment. Bread crates and proper packaging ensure that your bread is untouched and protected from potential contaminants. That way not only do you keep the integrity of your product but you also improve the overall experience of your customers. 

By Anthony Hendriks

The life of the party, Anthony is always up for spending some time with family and friends, when not blogging of course! Ever since a child, his love for books of mystery, race cars and travelling keeps on growing so it's difficult for him to single out that one all-time favourite hobby. If there's one thing he hates, though, it's having pictures taken but you already guessed that from his choice of plant photo for the blog.