Astronaut tells how he prepares snacks in space
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have to change – to put it mildly – many daily habits that we people here on dry land take for granted. Going to the bathroom on the space station, for example, is a harrowing experience. Food preparation, as an astronaut Megan McArthur shown in the video below, is also very different from what it is here on Earth. Although it’s actually a lot easier.
Digg featured in the video above, which America’s Test Kitchen recently posted on its YouTube channel. As the channel notes, its team is made up of cooks and editors who perform thousands of culinary tests. In this case, one can only imagine the channel gathering ideas for more testing.
In the video, NASA astronaut, oceanographer and engineer McArthur demonstrates how she prepares a full range of snacks and meals. She begins her “cooking” lesson by noting that the ISS only receives food resupplies every two months. Due to these time gaps and the lack of space in the refrigerator, she and the other astronauts have to rely on a lot of dehydrated foods. As well as indefinite shelf life sous vide snacks.
McArthur shows off a few different simple snacks for the Test Kitchen host; including dried fruits, nuts and cookies. But it’s the complete meals that are really interesting. To make a bowl of cereal, McArthur needs to rehydrate flakes, strawberries, and powdered milk with water. Similarly, if the astronaut wants chocolate milk, she must rehydrate the cocoa powder with hot water and then place it in the (small) refrigerator to cool it.
As for problematic foods? Anything that makes chunks squirt or crumbs up is either a special op or outright forbidden. McArthur notes that she has to be very careful if she eats fajitas; just like they do here on Earth, the innards of fajitas(?) often fall out of their tortillas. Although they fall in all directions, not just to the ground. And, in a painful annihilation of our childhood dreams, McArthur says “astronaut ice cream” isn’t even welcome on board thanks to its crumbliness. The delicious things that ooze, however, are absolutely celebrated.