Buying Traditional Handmade Pies by Post

Posted on Sep 18 2016 - 4:33pm by Mike

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Britain’s bakers of traditional handmade pies are getting together with private courier delivery services to ensure that pies by post arrive on the very day you order them, ensuring their freshest and most mouth-watering condition.

In fact, when you order pies by post, the bakers and courier services frequently exceed the standards set by the Post Office for the delivery of perishable and chilled foods such as pies.

Post Office standards

According to the Post Office, for example, these foods need to be able to withstand a journey time of at least 48 hours – the courier services employed by pie makers, typically guarantee delivery the day following collection from the baker. The Post Office also stipulates that perishable food needs to be sealed in vacuum packs placed inside corrugated cardboard or polystyrene boxes. Pies sent by bakers via courier service are again likely to go one better by sealing them into specially insulated packages to keep them chilled as well as preventing the pies becoming tainted or leaking.

Food Standards Agency

You may also take comfort and reassurance that food supplied by mail order needs to meet some very rigorous health standards imposed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Pies by post are supplied through what the FSA calls “distant selling” and any business involved in the sale of food in this way needs to be registered with the local council’s Environmental Health Department.

Food needs to be delivered as quickly as possible, says the FSA, and needs to be done so in a way and by methods to ensure that the food do not become harmful to a person’s health or unfit for human consumption.

The FSA is responsible for ensuring compliance with a whole raft of regulations governing the selling and delivery of all kinds of food, including the pies you order by post. The regulations impose particular standards relating to hygiene and labelling, safety of the products, traceability (including origin or ingredients and place of manufacturer), withdrawal and recall.

After delivery

When the delivery has been made by a pie maker’s courier service to your door, it is simply a question of taking the pies out of their insulated packing and storing them in the fridge until they are ready to be eaten – which should be within the next four days or so if you are to enjoy the fully fresh taste of handcrafted pies.

Alternatively, you might want to keep them in the freezer for serving at a later date – after they have been thoroughly defrosted, of course. Meat, vegetable or fruit pies may all be kept frozen for a period of up to six months or so.

All in all, therefore, getting your pies by post is not only a reliable way of stocking up on especially fresh and tasty home baking, but also comes with the knowledge that at every step along the way, everything is done to ensure that your pies arrive in tip-top condition, remaining as wholesome as the moment they left the baker’s oven.

Alternatively, you might want to keep them in the freezer for serving at a later date – after they have been thoroughly defrosted, of course. Meat, vegetable or fruit pies may all be kept frozen for a period of up to six months or so.

All in all, therefore, getting your pies by post is not only a reliable way of stocking up on especially fresh and tasty home baking, but also comes with the knowledge that at every step along the way, everything is done to ensure that your pies arrive in tip-top condition, remaining as wholesome as the moment they left the baker’s oven.

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