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    Cold Cuts & Cheeses

    I know there is a thread for freezing meats and other food but has anyone just brought Cold Cuts & Cheese? Do you freeze cold cuts & cheese? I never freeze my cold cuts so I thought maybe they would stay cold in the small 4 sided bag I have. The prices for ham & turkey in Aruba is crazy!
    You get about 5, really thin slices for around $6.00! I want to bring a few pound of cheese & cold cuts and put them in my check in bag.
    Another question I have about a little trick I have used at home. I freeze sponges (after they are soaked in cold water) and put them in the freezer, they are lightweight and do not take up a lot of space. The keep cold for a long time. Do you think I can use them? How about Blue ice?
    Thank you ; )

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    I just bought cold cuts at Super Food and Lings and found the prices to be reasonable. Remember, the prices that are on the meats are in Florins not in dollars. Once you do the conversion, it is slightly higher than what I would pay back in Jersey.

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    i'm with retagger, the cold cuts were not a big enough difference to notice in cost then here in Jersey for us, too.

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    What I do bring with me on occasion is extra large shrimp, lobster tails spivey Portuguese sausage and filet migon. I freeze them solid, wrap them in foil, plenty of blue ice in a small cooler inside of an extra suitcase. (We usually only travel with carry ons since we have all of our clothes in our home).

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    Yes you can freeze and bring.
    Our experiences are good and we have brought them in a small soft sided cooler and they arrive rock solid frozed.
    However...if you bring white sliced american cheese, our experience is that it does not freeze well.

    We packed in checked luggage in a soft sided cooler. with blue ice and wrapped foil and in newspaper!

    Many recommend buying once in Aruba, and i say, different strokes, different folks.

    here are some tagged threads

    http://www.aruba.com/forum/tags/packing%20food.html

    Quote Originally Posted by smoki View Post
    I know there is a thread for freezing meats and other food but has anyone just brought Cold Cuts & Cheese? Do you freeze cold cuts & cheese? I never freeze my cold cuts so I thought maybe they would stay cold in the small 4 sided bag I have. The prices for ham & turkey in Aruba is crazy!
    You get about 5, really thin slices for around $6.00! I want to bring a few pound of cheese & cold cuts and put them in my check in bag.
    Another question I have about a little trick I have used at home. I freeze sponges (after they are soaked in cold water) and put them in the freezer, they are lightweight and do not take up a lot of space. The keep cold for a long time. Do you think I can use them? How about Blue ice?
    Thank you ; )
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 09-14-2015 at 06:58 PM.

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    Depending on space in the suitcases I sometimes tuck a pkg of English muffins. Jar of PB, frozen block of several cheeses, and a frozen container of that thin sliced ham, turkey, and maybe wraps... Oh lb of dunks too

    its not that we're being cheap, it's just easier....we'll then spend a hundred more on misc stuff.

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    No one should imply "cheap"
    that would be insulting and inappropriate.

    our key word is "convenience"


    Quote Originally Posted by cindyo View Post
    Depending on space in the suitcases I sometimes tuck a pkg of English muffins. Jar of PB, frozen block of several cheeses, and a frozen container of that thin sliced ham, turkey, and maybe wraps... Oh lb of dunks too

    its not that we're being cheap, it's just easier....we'll then spend a hundred more on misc stuff.

    The key word is Space!

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    I will pack one suitcase with Dh and my clothes, and the other one with assorted meat,chicken and other food, frozen and wrapped up till I hit 50lb , which adds up fast, we stay for 3 wks and just can't eat out every day. Nor do I want to spend much time food shopping ! Lol

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    Most recent trip we froze and brought 2 six packs of English muffins, 2 pounds of bacon, 4 pounds of fresh sliced smoked turkey (I bought a 6 lb. turkey breast for about 8 bucks and smoked it myself then vacuum packed it in 3 two pound bags). We also bring a big bag of Virginia peanuts for poolside munchies. Other things we like to bring are plenty of zip top baggies, and condiments. We get one of those two packs of salt and pepper, small bottles of catsup, mustard and mayo at the store and pack them too. If you think cold cuts are expensive, buy some salt and pepper at Ling's. We packed everything in a soft sided cooler and it was still frozen solid two days later. I'm sure you could freeze about everything but cheese, it just ruins the texture.

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    Thanks everyone! My plan is to pack 2 lbs of ham & turkey (Thin & Trim) which I cannot find at Linqs. and 3 lbs of different cheeses. I will not freeze them just put them in a soft sided cooler with blue ice & frozen sponges, and then wrap in newspaper in my checked bag. I usually bring chips pretzels, etc in our carry on's. A bag of chips from home that cost $1.50 was about $4.50 in a store at the Hotel. I try to save money on this stuff, then go out for dinner at night and then hit the casino's. LOL

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