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When you grow up in the Philadelphia region there are a few foods that always remind you of home – Taylor Pork Roll, Herr’s Potato Chips, a real cheese steak, Tastykakes, and Philly pretzels. Growing up, there was always someone selling pretzels in brown paper bags on the street corners in the city, or outside of the Vet when you got out of a baseball game. These days, living in the ‘burbs I get my pretzels from Philly Pretzel Factory in Langhorne.
When we buy pretzels, we get a lot of them! Usually a box of 50, sometimes more than one box of 50. Everyone is always surprised that I’m not buying them for a party or an snack for my children’s class at school. I am often asked what I do with our pretzels since we buy them 50 at a time, so here it is…
Shipping Philly Pretzels
Allow the pretzels to cool completely. We like to spread them out on cooling racks so that the tops stay dry and don’t get wet from the salt.
Once the pretzels are cool, place in zip top bags and suck out the air with a straw, or use a Foodsaver vacuum sealer which is my preferred method. You can fit approximately 15 pretzels in medium flat rate box.
We have shipped the pretzels to family in Florida and Alabama, as well as to a friend stationed in South Korea, and have had excellent results even though they didn’t arrive for up to a week from shipping.
Freezing Philly Pretzels
Separate your groups of 5 pretzels into individual pretzels. Place on a cookie sheet in the freezer for about an hour. Once the pretzels are frozen, store in a freezer bag or container until you are ready to heat & eat.
To reheat your pretzels – Preheat oven to 350°. Place pretzels on a baking sheet, and bake for about 4-6 minutes. Or, you can microwave the pretzels for 30 seconds to defrost and then pop them in the toaster oven just to crisp up the outside of the pretzel.
This is what works for us, and you may have different results based on how fresh your pretzels are when you start the process. Enjoy!