All questions

Hello! - I've got a good one for you! - Tell me what to put in an airplane take on meal - gotta be something good that has a little staying power.

asked by Bill about 1 year ago
37 answers 1290 views
Cumberland_pass_atv_trip_-_july_20__2013_019
added about 1 year ago

TSA had a good laugh over me! I was traveling on planes where I needed to consider both breakfast and lunch....and had it all packed in my carry-on. I was chosen for inspection and they salivated over my carry-on full of food. Breakfast was bagels and cream cheese along with fruit of your choice - in my case, bananas. Lunch was a hearty sandwich (your choice of bread, cheese, meat, etc. with salt and vinegar chips (always crave salt on a long flight), and something sweet of your choice. For me, something chocolate and nutty to go with the sweet. Not sure about the staying power but it hits the mark! Have fun with trying different combinations!

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

Hello - and thanks! - I have been experimenting with some staying power sandwiches, etc - I used to be an avid backpacker - What would your favorite gourmet sandwich for flying be? - thanks!

Cumberland_pass_atv_trip_-_july_20__2013_019
added about 1 year ago

P.S. I want to know what you decide upon and how long your flight is....

Cumberland_pass_atv_trip_-_july_20__2013_019
added about 1 year ago

My sandwich of choice is roasted turkey breast, havarti cheese, avocado, tomato, and crispy iceberg lettuce. I seem to crave a lot of fat on long voyages and this keeps me from buying Popeye's fried chicken at the airport.

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

Well, I am looking for something really exotic and tasty - something a whole lot better than a generic ham sandwich - I looked at the info that the New Yorker people and some others posted, but I just cannot imagine carrying whole wheat pasta and heating it up with tea water - and I detest ramen noodles - YUCK - I've got an 8 hour flight and then another 2 hour flight - plus probably a good 3 hours sitting in the airport prior to that - Your potato chips sound wonderful - A couple of years ago I took a salami, goat cheese and black olive pesto on ciabatta with a mozzarella and tomato salad on toothpick skewers - red grapes, lentil chips, and a cucumber salad. Using cured meats and cheese gives it staying power - I am looking for some innovative variations worthy of a foodie! This should be a contest! - But I also end up making picnics while on the road all the time - Eating well out of a grocery store is one of my specialties!

021
added about 1 year ago

Brave Bill using the word "foodie". Seems like you are very deeply rooted in the Italian food culture. Not a bad place to be. However, the conventional medical wisdom is that we shouldn't eat on those long journeys - better to drink spring water and sleep or read and move around as much as the staff will allow to prevent blog clots forming. Fatty, greasy foods are especially advised against. Our flights from the southern hemisphere to anywhere significant in the western developed world are 21-24 hours in length from leaving home to actually arriving. No alcohol and very little food is the best advice we have at the moment and we do notice that we arrive in better shape than in the old days before we knew any better.

Cumberland_pass_atv_trip_-_july_20__2013_019
added about 1 year ago

I hear you, Bill! I just try to fight the fat-cravings that long flights and tiredness lead to for me. You are too funny! Eating well out of a grocery store - I can do that! I will try your goat cheese, black olive pesto on ciabatto...sounds so good! Along with my salt and vinegar chips of course! Thank you!

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

Keep kicking it up - I am looking for some good ideas of the best picnic in a Sistema lunch box - Certainly all of these food junkie experts can come up with some fantastic ideas!

Cumberland_pass_atv_trip_-_july_20__2013_019
added about 1 year ago

Yes, I am expecting the food experts to kick in anytime now....

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

And I am waiting for them - Surely they can come up with something exceptional - otherwise, it is sandwiches and potato salad! - Which is not necessarily bad - But certainly someone should be able to come up with a Lunch Box Blockbuster!

Bill

Junechamp
ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 1 year ago

I've been carrying food on airplanes for decades. Usually a sandwich because that's easy to eat and easy to pack. I put my lettuce on the side and add just before eating. Roast beef on an onion roll is my favorite, but it depends on my mood and the season, as well as what time of day I'm flying. Breakfast might be a bagel or bialy and creamcheese, or a baggie of granola and some fruit. Almonds are a great snack. clean, healthy and tasty. Cannot imagine trying to heat anything up in the sky.

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

Excellent! - Can you provide me with your ideas of a kicker roast beef sandwich? -

Junechamp
ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 1 year ago

"Kicker" Roast Beef Sandwich: 1/3 pound rare roast beef (I get in-house roasted from Whole Foods if I don't have any of mine on hand), the best onion roll I can find..., Fallot Dijon mustard. Pile the beef on the roll, top it and slice. Pace along side in baggies, 1 slice ripe tomato (if in season) 2 or 3 crisp romaine or leaf lettuce leaves. A slice of avocado is also nice, if you like that. I pack the additions separately because they tend to make the sandwich soggy otherwise.

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

Foodie or not, I think the most important thing is that flyers bring food that's considerate to others i.e. has no strong smells. For me, a plethora of small, healthy snacks is the way to go, even on longer flights.

Jc_profilepic
added about 1 year ago

This is an old thread that might give you some ideas ( and some laughs): http://food52.com/hotline...

Image
drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added about 1 year ago

I was going to suggest my current favorite sandwich: chunky peanut butter and fig butter layered on 2 slices of multi grain bread with a layer of thinly sliced banana in the center. But then I remembered that the last time I flew there was a boy in the row in front of me who had a peanut allergy, and the flight attendant asked everyone on the plane to refrain from eating peanuts or peanut products. :(

Dsc00859_2
added about 1 year ago

The whole peanut allergy thing: way overdone.

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

Oh but I might need to go make one of those for Right Now! - That sounds so very good!

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

Grain salads and bean salads are great--just be sure to pack a plastic fork or spoon. I have fantastic smoked pork chops where I live, so I often fry one the day before and cut it in manageable pieces before I pack it. I also pack some slices of cukes and peppers, grape tomatoes, and radishes. I also like to bring roasted nuts and dried or fresh fruit.
I wrap the fresh fruit in a paper towel to protect it from bruises. Hard boiled eggs are pretty decent, too, if you like them.

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

Thank you and Thank you again! This sounds wonderful! I was wondering why I wanted to fast all the way through this 3 hours in advance - 8 hour flight - 2 hour connection - then another 2 hour flight - not to mention paying those ridiculous prices for what passes for food in the airport!

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

Thanks for that! - You just inspired me to pick up a mediterranean pasta salad from my local organic grocery store - It was a top contender - pasta, sun dried tomatoes, feta cheese, zucchini, kalamata olives - plus some other magical this and thats - Easy enough to eat with a plastic fork and certainly containing nothing that would go bad - OK - that is the side dish - now what are the mains?

Dsc_0122.nef-1
added about 1 year ago

Ever since I read Amanda's book 'Cooking for Mr. Latte' I happily follow the suggestions she makes in the book! wedge of cheese, grapes, crackers!

021
added about 1 year ago

Hear! Hear! Frankly sitting beside a picnicking eating pork chop salad type person on a long flight would surely be a bit of a nightmare.

Chris_in_oslo
Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

added about 1 year ago

A friend once packed me an airplane lunch. It turned out to be a green bean sandwich, reeking of garlic and dripping of olive oil. I felt like the whole plane was horrified.

Dsc00859_2
added about 1 year ago

no, they wanted you to share!

Chris_in_oslo
Greenstuff

Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

added about 1 year ago

Could be right, creamtea. It was delicious!

Monkeys
added about 1 year ago

I like a slim baguette with salted butter and some ham and arugula. A fruit like grapes and an orange are also really refreshing. I also like dried fruit and nuts. I like the idea of a grain salad as well. All of those pack pretty nicely. Avoid those smelly items...even hard boiled eggs can be pretty stinky. I also like a sweet...biscoff cookies are my favorite!

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

I've never had the experience of being offended by the smell of another passenger's carry-on food on an airplane -- usually if I smell it it just makes me hungry. Is this an experience many of you have had?

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

I mean, the experience of it being offensive, not making you hungry...need an 'edit' button!

Dsc00859_2
added about 1 year ago

Offended? Nah, only if they don't bring enough for everyone. Seriously, it's not like anyone's food is around a long time, it goes down the hatch and the empties get collected or packed away fairly quickly.

Dsc_0048b
added about 1 year ago

I always pack a bag of nut mix which I guess could be a problem per Drbabs! I usually do a mix of almonds, oat bran sesame sticks and rice crackers. Chef June's Chef June's sandwich sounds great for a short flight, but if you want to wait to eat it after three hours or so, roast beef might be a problem. Cheese might be a better choice. Most hard cheeses won't spoil easily when out for a few hours. Recently, I made an adaptation of a mixed grain "risotto" that was in the Wash Post not too long ago, which uses some stock and miso with some cheese. I cut the miso a little and used salt free stock as well - I don't want anything too salty when flying. I topped it with roasted broccoli. It was great at room temp as well as when I've served it warm. http://projects.washingtonpost... I also like to have almonds with me. I wonder if almond butter would solve Drbabs' problem with the peanut butter sandwich....unless there's someone with a tree nut allergy!

540434_3765129049943_1219987725_n
Marian Bull

Marian is Food52's Associate Editor.

added about 1 year ago

Grain salad! Or a good ol' PB&J.

Default-small
Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added about 1 year ago

Since dehydration is a big issue on planes, try to go low/no salt with everything, especially if you have any blood pressure issues or take blood thinners. A bag of Ruffles potato chips (and a tabloid about Kate & Wills' new baby) is always a great comfort in the waiting lounge, but definitely not the last thing you want to eat before you get on the plane. I'm sure there are plenty of recipes and ideas for low salt snacks but if you need some, this community will oblige!

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

My favorite travel snacks: kale chips or sugar snap peas. I used to think homemade hummus was great, but TSA will take it from you if it's more than a few ounces. (!)

For an exotic sandwich, how about some really good bleu cheese on a fresh baguette, drizzled with white truffle honey. Probably could add some fine Italian meat (prosciutto?) to very good effect. May not pass the smell-less food test that some have suggested. : )

Default-small
added about 1 year ago

What about something like a dressed couscous salad with roasted veggies. It won't spoil, can be eaten at "room" temp and would be easy to transport. One of my friends packs romaine leaves to use as scoopers. ;)