Lunch in Afghanistan
As some of you will remember, I shipped a care package to a family member who is serving his 4th tour in the Middle East that included rye bread. The idea was to send the components to have the men be able to have a ham and cheese sandwich with all the fixings. There was much discussion about the best way to ship the Sour deli style Rye bread. In the end I bucked up and tried everything, not wanting to put all my eggs one basket. I made 3 loaves to be shipped in a paper bag wrapped loosely in plastic and I made 4 loaves sealed then puncture the seal in plastic. I kept one loaf home as my control and it sat in my kitchen as a control batch.
Today I got a message from my cuz in Afghanistan, way up North on the Pakistani border near Tora Bora, telling me they had just had the best hot ham and cheese sandwich ever. I'm very relieved everything made it OK and the bread was edible. It takes about 2 weeks for the mail to get there.
From the way his message was worded it sounded like they had gotten the box a couple days ago. That's good because my control turned moldy last night. I guessed the package would spend at least half of its life in a cold environment this time of year and would fare better than my control package at room temp.
As for which method was better, he said it was all good to eat. That coming from a guy who dines on MRE's every day so who knows.