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Food Contaminated ISS

by RichardM » Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:26 am

For those of us who have endured C-Rations, K-Rations, or those new 'gourmet' MRE's, hearing that on the ISS, most "meals are the equivalent of military MREs", it is nice to know that not all are like that.

It seems that the astronauts get to have bonus food items. Two of the current crew have a true international flavor as they have Indian and Spanish food backgrounds. Susan "Williams, whose father was born in India, has several Indian dishes in her bonus container, including Punjabi kadhi with pakora - vegetable fritters topped with yogurt and curry - and mutter paneer, a curry dish. The dishes are packaged to have a long shelf life in space. Her U.S. crew mate, astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, is an even bigger "foodie." Lopez-Alegria, who was born in Madrid but grew up in California, had Spanish muffins known as magdalenas, chorizo pork sausage and latte in his bonus container."

However, it should be noted that squeezing a tube of wasabi inside the ISS is not recommended. It seems it got away from the intended use of trying to make a pretend sushi meal with bag-packaged salmon. "We finally got the wasabi smell out after it was flying around everywhere," Williams told her mother this week in a conversation arranged by Boston radio station WBZ. "We cleaned it up off the walls a little bit."

Unfortunately for Williams, the wasabi tube has been banished to a cargo vehicle where it will stay packed away.

"I don't think we're going to use it anymore," she said. "It's too dangerous."

And you thought you had food accidents in the kitchen!
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