Preserving Gingerbread Houses
Ginger Lane Kitchens
This has got to be the most requested information we get at Ginger Lane Kitchens.
There is a lot of feedback from other people...but here's my take on it. It'sa 50/50 chance. I've had houses survive beautifully and I've had them fall apart. The good news is that they usually are repairable. Almost every house will need a little repair, so expect it.
Here is my experience in saving the houses.
This past year I saved three strucures. I put them in my garage in individual boxes, I stuffed some fiberfill around them for padding and bulk....yet it was soft and would not damage the structures.
The boxes had holes in them where I had cut "handles" for easy carrying. they sat in the garage through a cold Michigan winter.
When I unpacked them this year, here's what I found: the candy windows had dissintegrated in some places. Some delecate candies had fallen off. The suffered the most deterioration. I discarded the caboose.
I did NOT spray them, although you can..
My friend, for whom I made houses also saved them. They DID spray them. They stored two different houses in their basement. One in a box one in a plastic bag. the one in the bag survived great. the one in the box did not.
Here's what one of my contributuors, who had houses for 7 and 9 years, said:
"I usually store my houses in three garbage bags-each securely tied with a twistie. I then put them on a shelf in my basement. We do run a dehumidifier in the summer down there. Occasionally during the year I touch the top of the bag to see if the house is still in there to make sure the mice haven't found a snack! I heard one story where the people had stored the house in a box and when they opened it the next year, the mice had eaten the whole thing.
We have a general store (9 years old) and church (at least 7). In addition, we have one other large house and several smaller that my children made last year when I helped the high school German classes. We have run out of room so I have not made any for us in the last couple of years. It was always our Thanksgiving weekend tradition to create a house. My daughter gave her senior demonstration speech on creating houses so I know it is a tradition she likes. " - PineberryU@aol.com
She "enhances" a little and adds a cardboad frame to some of her houses...I'm a purist and don't do this, but if you really want to incease your chances of survival this might be an idea.
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