Posted 14 January 2004 - 04:42 PM
Food preparation consists of only two things...adding water to a product and or heating a product. It all depends on the product whether water needs to be added or it needs to be heated. Since you mentioned shrimp cocktail, I will use that as an example. The shrimp cocktail is a freeze-dried product. It is packaged in a package that includes a septum which serves as a one way valve to allow water to be injected into the package via a needle either on the Shuttle rehydration station or the ISS rehydration station. In the case of the shrimp cocktail, cold water would be dispensed into the package, the crewmember would manipulate the package to "stir" the water and the shrimp/sauce together, and then the food would sit and rehydrate. The label on the package tells the crewmember how much water to add, what temp water to add (cold or hot) and about how long they will have to allow the product to rehydrate prior to consumption. Once the product is rehydrated, the crewmember cuts the package open with the scissors in their utensil kit and eats out of the package with a fork or a spoon. One crewmember may prepare food for all or they may each prepare their own food. It's their option.