Sending food up to the stratosphere isn’t a new trick, and it’s been done before with pizza, a wedding cake, and other food dishes. But those weren’t intended for human consumption when they came back to Earth. Tom Scott wanted to change that by sending half of a garlic bread loaf to the edge of space with a weather balloon. And he had some help along the way.
Scott recruited Random Engineering managing director Steve Randall for an assist with the weather balloon, and the garlic bread was made by Barry Lewis of My Virgin Kitchen. Together, the three men sent the garlic bread 22 miles into the sky, and managed to protect it with a motorized Styrofoam box that snapped shut as the box made its descent.
They also filmed the experiment and posted it on Scott’s YouTube channel...
"This started as a conversation in a pub a few weeks ago, and turned into one of the more ridiculous videos I've ever done," Scott wrote in the video's description on his YouTube page,
As seen in the video, Scott, Lewis, and Randall successfully tracked down the box, which survived intact and kept the garlic bread in one piece. From there, the trio sampled the half of the loaf that remained on Earth before trying the bread from the edge of space. They were surprised to find that it was cold in the middle and it broke apart easily. Presumably the bread had been frozen in the stratosphere and partially reheated as it came back down.
This experiment might one day prove to be a good gimmick for a space themed bakery But it’s still a long way to go and a lot of trouble just to change the temperature of the bread.