Not everyone has the luxury of being around salsa. If you’ve made a sauce recipe, it can be tricky to give it to someone far away. Fortunately, there are several agencies that can be used to send your sauce to your jealous friends. Knowing how they differ will allow you to make the best decision when choosing your seasoning messenger.

The United States Post Office has been around for quite some time and, in addition to timely letter service, they also ship packages. There is a list of liquids and other substances that cannot be shipped due to federal regulations, and none of the ingredients found in a sauce recipe are listed on it. To ensure the safety of its employees and customers, the USPS does not allow dangerous chemicals to be mailed. As long as your sauce does not have poisonous or explosive properties, it will be safe for shipping. The most convenient feature of the post office is the free pickup. However, if your package is significantly heavy, you should call ahead so your carrier can be informed. Please note that if your package weighs 13 ounces or more, it must have electronic postage. An example of electronic postage is Parcel Post and can be printed from the Internet through the post office website. Stamps-only packages must be brought to a post office window for shipment to be cleared.

Federal Express, or Fedex, is another well-known delivery service that specializes in delivering packages. Like the post office, Fedex has a multi-tiered product line. Fedex has better rates for packages that don’t need to be shipped quickly, but you don’t have as many options for fast delivery as the post office. The full list of shipping options with prices can be found simply on each company’s website. Carriers also have this information on hand when they are in the field.

Just because you send your package through Fedex does not mean that they will deliver it. The post office and Fedex have a partnership and some packages are ordered by Fedex and shipped by the post office. Most of the planes used during the shipping process are actually owned by Fedex and the post office buys space in these vehicles. Similar to how you own your mailbox, the inside of your mailbox is considered the property of the post office.

Some of the ingredients in a sauce recipe have a shelf life and can spoil after a certain time. In some cases, overnight delivery is desired to maximize the freshness of your sauce. Although slightly more expensive than other delivery options, overnight delivery could mean the difference between edible and dangerous sauce.

Regardless of which agency you choose, make sure your package is safely prepared. Your sauce container should be tightly closed, use duct tape if necessary. Try to avoid shipping your sauce in glass containers whenever possible, a safer alternative is plastic. If you must use glass containers, be sure to wrap them in bubble wrap or packing foam. Sealing the package well with tape is very important to ensure safe shipping of your sauce. Lastly, double check to make sure the source and destination addresses are correct. Not only can you waste time during the shipping process, a wrong address can make it difficult and in most cases impossible for your package to be shipped correctly.

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