Transporting perishable gifts on a plane
October 24, 2007 6:09 AM Subscribe
Help me get important, perishable gifts home through 18 hours of plane flights! (Cream/Cake thing, Chocolate truffle thing, and hard-cider-like thing!)
posted by anonymoose to Food & Drink (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm taking some perishable gifts home to my family, and am hoping to maximize my chances for success on this endeavor. The gifts have some personal meaning, and so "Just pick other gifts!" is unfortunately not as good of an option as it appears.
The three in question are:
Gift A: A Pariserspitz, which is a chocolate truffle covered in hard dark chocolate. I'm considering freezing this with gift B and putting them together into a freezer-insulated bag (one of those big silver plastic shopping bags with an insulating layer).
Gift B: A Napoleon, which is a layered cake of sweet cream and sheet-dough. After getting warned at the bakery that there's no way this is going to get home without spoiling, I've decided to freeze it and put it in a freezer-insulated bag. I realize this may compromise the texture of the cream, but this is the most important gift, so if you have any better ideas, give 'em here.
Gift C: Sturm, or young wine, resembles hard apple cider made from grapes. They sell it here in *not-air-tight* bottles with warnings that one should not tip it over (or it will spill through the top), and to keep it in the fridge. I'm considering moving it to smaller sealable water bottles and leaving, say 1/3 of it empty so that there's room for the CO2 to collect without rupturing the bottle. Alternatively I could move it to smaller bottles (with some room for expansion) and then freeze it. This is perhaps the hardest one, as I really have no idea how this stuff behaves when you mess with its environment. (Do frozen carbonated drinks stay carbonated when they thaw? Does hard cider die out when frozen? Does hard cider turn deadly when unrefridgerated for a day? Does it produce an unlimited amount of CO2 until whatever container it's in explodes? What are some likely reasons for the top of the bottle to be intentionally not-air-tight, and what's likely to happen if I move it to an air-tight container?)
Oh yeah, can I assume that inside the plane cargo area will be (very) cold? Isn't it very cold up there usually?