Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy living in
Traveling with food brings trouble. By its very nature, most good food is moist, odorous, greasy, and usually chocked full of stain causing liquids that you don’t want anywhere near the clothes in your suitcase. Enter the padded freezer bag! Sam’s Club and other warehouse stores sell a padded, insulated freezer bag (with generous handles) that folds completely flat when not in use. You can pack it in your suitcase with no trouble at all.
Now, every single time I fly home to see the family in
2lbs Jalapeno Garlic Sausage
5lbs Spicy Crawfish Boudin
5lbs Andouille Sausage
4 Mason Jars of Dark Rioux
1 Dozen of the finest Jalapeno Sausage Breakfast Kolaches that money can buy
Recipe for disaster? Hardly. This is the food that keeps the neighbors in MN wondering just what the heck is going on at my house when I fire up the grill. This is definitely not the food you’d want carried in butcher paper in a grocery bag… Can you imagine the smell you’d create on the airplane? Its all frozen, vacuum sealed or packed tightly in heavy zip-top bags. What does the airport security man say when this stuff passes through the x-ray? Who cares? Is it all still frozen by the time I get home? Absolutely! These new freezer bags are incredibly insulated and as long as you keep them closed, they keep food frozen for hours. I don’t know if they are resistant to lye, though. Never carry Lutefisk in a soft side freezer bag. In fact, you should probably never carry, prepare, or have anything to do with Lutefisk at all, if you can help it!