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    Bringing Meats to Island

    Disregarding spoilage concerns, are there any issues with bringing in vacuum sealed/frozen meats in check-in baggage? Any rules or ?? My sister in-laws tend to do this when the travel land we are bringing with us to Aruba soon.

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    Our friends bring a significant amount of meat from Chicago every year. It arrives on the island still frozen solid.

    For best results, divide the meat into meal-sized portions then freeze it. Otherwise, if you have to defrost a whole large piece you'll either have to refreeze the uncooked portion or cook it before it spoils.

    On the flip side, we've had really good results with the meat on the island. I think most of it comes from the USA. Last month we had a couple of ribeyes that we as good as what we get at home.

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    Wait till you see the number of packed coolers arrive on the carousel in Aruba. That's the beauty of having a kitchen in your timeshare or home! Though I will admit the meat at Super Foods looked fabulous

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyo View Post
    Wait till you see the number of packed coolers arrive on the carousel in Aruba...


    Our friends just pack theirs in a suitcase. It still arrives frozen solid. I guess it's pretty cold in the hold of a jet.

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    i bring cooked meals…..frozen…
    have had no issue with it " not being allowed"

    arrives frozen solid

    we have brought in the past:
    pasta sauce w/ meat
    pot roast including veggies
    chicken soup
    roast chicken and mashed potatoes
    chili
    beef stew
    stuffed peppers

    we have a soft sided cooler on wheels that we load with frozen stuff and bring with us in one of our checked suitcases.
    once on island we move the frozen stuff directly into the freezer.
    over the last year or 2 we have been bringing less.
    we have not brought raw frozen meat as i do think there is a regulation against it with aruba customs, but i cannot find the rule online.

    addendum:
    none of this can be brought as carry on.
    frozen stuff with frozen liquid/sauces/gravies etc is considered a liquid even when frozen into a solid state.
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 03-10-2014 at 11:04 AM.

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    My wife would kill me if I ever suggested "cooking" on vacation in Aruba & we stay three weeks.

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    Cooking on vacation helps me afford vacation
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    Cooking on vacation helps me afford vacation

    I agree. Eating out every meal is a very costly option.

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    We eat dinner out about 95% of the time but eat most breakfasts and lunches in the condo. Make a grocery store run first full day. Usually bagels w/cream cheese, melon, fruit and gouda with coffee for breakfast on the balcony. Ham or turkey sandwiches with chips and a beer for lunch on the balcony. We eat breakfast at Matthews at least once on every trip. Get a pizza at Pizza Bobs for lunch occasionally. Were on vacation and dinner out is part of it for us. So many restaurants, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arubabob View Post
    Were on vacation and dinner out is part of it for us. So many restaurants, so little time.
    Totally agree! But travelling with a group of 13 for 2 weeks makes it a crazy amount of $$
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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