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Jan 16, 2005 02:19 PM

food to bring on a long plane trip

  • t

Sorry, I've started threads on this topic before, but I'm always interested in new ideas for what kinds of foods people pack for long plane trips.

Qualities that foods in my air-picnic basket should have:
--not too messy (can be eaten with fingers or chopsticks)
--not smelly
--not flatulence inducing
--must satisfy the various cravings that might arise (sweet, salty, refreshing, crunchy...)

Any other qualities I'm forgetting?

Items that have been particularly successful:

Clementines, firm cheese, nuts, dried fruit, jerky, cookies, chocolate, apples, salads, sushi...

Any other favorites?


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  1. We always bring granola bars and natural peanut butter with crackers. (but then I always want some milk with it!)

    2 Replies
    1. re: Val

      They often have milk in the beverage service on the plane. Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask!

      1. re: Dorothy

        I am addicted to Voss Water, I taste the difference and bring several frozen bottles for long flights as well as homemade trail mix.

    2. Good wine. I open the wine at home (red wine) and put into another kind of bottle with a screw top, like a water bottle or soda bottle.

      1. Parmigiano-reggiano and good balsamic (you could cut the parmigiano into a 1/2-inch wedge ahead of time so that you could crumble it on the plane and you wouldn't need a forbidden knife); olives; sun-dried tomatoes; crustless cucumber sandwiches with wasabi; hard-cooked eggs; deviled eggs; and most important of all, caviar.

        I'd keep the sushi vegetarian or tuna only--other fish can get dicey pretty quickly.

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        1. re: Tom Steele

          Can you please detail the cucumber and wasabi sandwiches? sounds great.

          1. re: rkn

            Let's see . . . Trim the crusts from some thinly sliced, firm bread, and cut the bread into 1 1/2-inch squares. In a small bowl, blend 1/2 cup crème fraîche, 1 teaspoon chopped dill, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon prepared wasabi, and salt to taste. Peel a medium cucumber, cut it in half lengthwise, and scoop out the seeds by running the tip of a spoon down the center of the cucumber halves. Cut the cucumber into 1/4-inch dice and stir it into the crème fraîche mixture. Spoon the mixture onto a bread square and top with another bread square, pressing lightly to make a baby sandwich. Repeat until the cucumber mixture is used up. Seal well in plastic wrap, and you're good to go.

        2. plantain chips. Also, I make a family recipe called Indian fried chicken which is chicken strips (bone-in is actually better but not for the plane) marinated in tandoori paste, amchur (mango powder), and garlic-ginger paste. Then chicken is then dipped in beaten egg and breadcrumbs and then baked until done. It is great cold, good for picnics and plane rides.

          Another family recipe is samosa puffs (can you tell we are Indian?). Make your samosa filling and use puff pastry for the shell, bake. These are great for the plane/picnics. We always bring these on long car rides.

          1. Tom, A large Thermous of Menudo will get you through any plane ride--regardless of distance.