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OT - Shipping Frozen Meat

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  1. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

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    Anyone have experience with shipping frozen meat?

    I'm going to ship some extra pheasants to my brother (its been a good hunting season for me.)

    I have one of those nice 2" thick Styrofoam coolers I got from Omaha Steaks.

    This would be shipped from the KC area to St. Paul, MN

    I'd use dry ice. I read on some website I need about 20 lb of dry ice for 5 lb of meat. That sounds like an awful lot of dry ice.

    Ship next day, or UPS ground, or what?

    Looking for feedback.

    Tim
     
  2. CalvinMD

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    If you overnight(which I would, or 2nd day) you should be able to get away with a 2 to 1 ratio Ice to meat...10lbs for 5lbs of meat ought to be fine
     
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    I shipped some crab meat to a friend who was out of state. I boxed it up and ship it by UPS say 4:00pm and it would be at their house by 11:00am the next day. USPO would take 3 days. I put two blocks of dry ice in with the crab meat and I asked how much ice was left and they said plenty not a problem. I forgot how much it was in weight but all I did was put a good piece on top and on the bottom and rapped the box with news paper and put that in another box. It was well insulated. Find out who will get it them faster. UPS, USPO, FEDEX or who ever.
     
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    I ship seafood for a living. If you have a good styofoam box(make sure you put it in a cardboard box as well)If you are going to ship it overnight service you don't need dry ice. If it's going to take more than two days to deliver then you will need about 1-2 pounds of dry ice. Most carriers will not allow more than 5 pounds of dry ice per package. Make sure you insure it.

    Jim
     
  5. timb99

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    Jim,

    Dry ice above or below the meat, or does it matter?
     
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    It does not matter where you put the ice just make sure you fill the extra space with newspaper.
     
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    Otnot is correct. I had some elk shipped from Wy. to Pa. They only used a couple of lbs. of dry ice, and have the product frozen first. As he said, use a box inside of the styrofoam, or get a waxed box from a meat locker. I found that USPS "OVERNIGHT" was half as much as UPS or FedEx and it arrived in the A.m. next day.
     
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    timb99, last I knew UPS would allow 8 lbs max. KS to PA on 8 lbs of dry ice over 6 lbs of meat, 3 day delivery and it was still frozen.
     
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    Thanks everyone. Just what I needed to know.

    Tim
     
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    Tim,

    I ship frozen BBQ all over. I never use Ice at all, of any kind. Usually I ship in a plastic camping type cooler with a corrugated sealed box around the cooler. We always ship the container completely full of frozen product as late in the day as possible (packaged frozen hard late in the day) and ship to arrive next day by 10AM or earlier if possible. Heat rises and cold falls downward. If you are using ice, best to put it on top of your food.

    Problem would be if Fed Ex or UPS fails to deliver on time or your receiving end does not show for delivery.

    A caution, if you feel you must use ice, use dry ice. Regular ice can melt and if your cooler is not sealed absolutely tight, there will be water spillage.

    We vacuum pack all food items for additional protection.

    Good luck!

    milt palasota

    PS, since you did so well in the field this year, and considering we have missed our annual trip to Pierre the last three years, ship some of those puppies to me so I can critique your shipping method. Also, write back for Jimette's pheasant and homemade noodles recipe. Like chicken and dumplings and makes that dry pheasant melt in your mouth, PROMISE!!!
     
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    mette56 has it figured. I also ship frozen all the time in a styrofoam cooler with no ice, most shippers pick up late in the day. ship guaranteed next day delivery , don't ship on Thursday or Friday, you are good to go.

    Mike
     
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    Isn't there special regulations to ship or transport wild game?
     
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    Only if it's alive
     
  14. timb99

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    There IS a requirement that the wild game must be given, not sold, to the receiving party.

    Kansas has a sample form (see link) that suggests the following information:

    Hunting/fishing license number or big game permit number

    Name of Person Giving Fish/Game

    Name of Person Receiving Fish/Game

    Date Taken

    Date Transferred

    Fish/Game Type and Quantity

    Signature of Giver

    Address of Giver
     
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