How to Make Airplane Food Better

How to Make Airplane Food Better
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How to Make Airplane Food Better

Read on for some simple to tips to improve that airline meal.

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Pasta Instead Of Meat

If given a choice, go for the pasta dish instead of the meat one. Airline food is usually prepared prior to the flight and then frozen. Pasta tends to hold up better when reheated at 35,000 feet.

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Listen To Music

According to a study from the University of Manchester, powerful sounds like the blaring jet engine can harm our ability to taste sweet and salty flavors.

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Extra Snacks

Crushing extra pretzels or peanuts over your meal can enhance the flavor. The study from the University of Manchester also found that loud noises like the plane's engine can make it harder to sense crunchiness.

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Go for meals that boast a lot of spice. Since the airplane tends to dull our sense of taste, that extra spiciness will make the meal more flavorful.

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Get Lunch At The Airport

Sometimes it's a safer bet to grab some airport snacks or a salad.

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Ice Cream!

According to Marion Nestle professor of food and nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University," Ice cream is about the only thing I can think of that tastes good on a plane."

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Since stews can be spiced well and reheated easily they're a safe bet. Stews and curries can be mixed with rice as well.

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Barbecued Items

Barbecued dishes can be reheated easily, but will maintain a comforting and delicious flavor.

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Find The Right Airline

A lot of airlines are making an effort to improve their meals. If the food is a priority for you, have a look around for the best rated airline cuisines.

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Read on to learn more about how airlines are trying to improve their inflight menus.

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Nobu For Qatar Airlines

In 2012, Qatar Airlines hired the word renown Nobu Matsuhisa to prepare the inflight menu in addition to chefs Ramzi Choueiri, Vineet Bhatia and Tom Aikens.

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Danny Meyer For Delta

Last summer Danny Meyer's restaurant group Union Square Hospitality Group announced a collaboration with Delta Airlines. The executive chef of Blue Smoke, Kenny Callaghan and chef de cuisine, Jeffrey Held, are in charge of creating the BusinessElite Express Meals, which will be served on Delta's flights from JFK to Heathrow.

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Charlie Trotter For United Airlines

Chef Charlie Trotter signed on to created the menu for Elevate Customers on United Airlines.

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If you're traveling this holiday season you're bound to come face to face with airplane food.

Even though airplane meals don't have a reputation for being the tastiest, there are a few simple ways to enjoy them more. By ordering the safer bets and picking the right snacks you can improve your meal.

Check out the slideshow above for tips to deal with airline food.

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