Hello to all our customers and Merry Christmas.
As you know our gift baskets and hampers are extremely distinctive.
Its the combination of freshly baked items, salmon and hams which sets a Basketsgalore Hamper apart from any other hamper in the UK market.
So although it may sound terribly boring, we thought our customers would like to know shelf lives of some of the more perishable items.
For Gift Baskets being dispatched today with salmon, chicken or duck, the Best Before Dates are as follows.
Hampers with Organic Salmon 200g 31/12/2010
Hampers with Organic Salmon 500g 31/12/2010
Ummera Duck Breast 9/1/2010
Chicken Crown 3/1/2010
If your Hamper contains ham then the Best Before Date will be:
Montelieri Ham 120g 9/2/2010
Brady Family Traditional Glazed 28/2/2010
Brady Family 1/2kg Unboned Carving Ham 31/12/2010
Brady Family Traditional Sliced Ham 140g 28/12/2010
Pergola Fine Foods Salami 28/6/2010
If you are ordering a hamper or Gift Basket for delivery in the UK, Ireland or Europe and you would like to add cheese then the following BBE dates apply
Fivemiletown Selection Pack 500g 9/1/2010
Fivemiletown Individual Brie or soft Cheese 30/12/2010
Cashel Blue (Irish Stilton style Cheese) 4/1/2010
Causeway Cheese Cheddar Truckles 200g 14/1/2010
Bandon Vale Waxed Truckles 200g 2/2/2010
We've got quite a few freshly baked items which because they do not contain preservatives and are freshly baked can have quite short shelf lives. Certainly they will not have several months shelf life as you would have with a traditional fruit cake.
So if your hamper contains items such as:
Taras Chocolate Cake 400g, shelf life will be 30/12/2010
Ashers Chocolate Cakes 30/12/2010
Graces Fruit Cakes 14/1/2010
Dittys Mince Pies 30/12/2010
Throughout our christmas hamper range there are also some products which you might think have a long shelf life, but are actually quite short since they are handmade.
Skelligs chocolates for instance will have an April Best Before Date. However other chocolatiers, such as Butlers and Lindt will have at least 6 months and usually 9 months as they are bought in especially for Christmas.
There are hampers in our range, which do contain products with a long shelf life and you can email or telephone one of our sales assistants who will be able to assist you. However, the overriding theme is one of freshness and best taste, so to acquire this, the products ought to be eaten over the Christmas period.
We hope you enjoy browsing our selection of fresh gift baskets and hampers. Our customers have been designing some beautiful hampers themselves, some of which will be represented in future Gift Basket Designs later in the year.
We'll keep you up to date with delivery schedules and up to the minute news from us at Basketsgalore during December as we strive to get the best quality and value for money hampers and gift baskets delivered to your family and friends this Christmas.