Can i Bring fresh frozen meat in Jamaica
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It will definitely be defrosted by the time you get to Ochi and soon after Rancid.
Chicken, goat, oxtail & fish are readily available and some quality beef
It would only defrost if you don't pack it in a cooler with other frozen things. We do this when we go to the Virgin Islands, it's fine, everything stays frozen. I can understand someone wanting to bring some nice steaks, as they are next to impossible to find in Jamaica (good ones). Other than that, I don't see the point, but do what you will.
Meat is restricted and requires a permit. Not sure where you've been meat shopping, but it's really not expensive, unless you're buying filet steaks. There are plenty of inexpensive places to eat, sometimes the smaller place the better authentic food. Not sure it's worth the hassle of obtaining a permit.
Where are you staying? If in a Villa there are plenty of farmers markets and local shops to get Farm to Table Meats, sea to table seafood that are not expensive.
If staying in a staffed Villa the chef will know where to buy meats and Foods at the best value.
And if you let us know where you're staying we can recommend some places to purchase as well.
"Food is very expensive in Jamaica"
Not if you know how and where to shop. I spend less on groceries there than I do at home (California).
The key is not to buy anything imported from North America and when buying produce stick to what's in season and local.
There is a butcher in Sheffield that sells beef and pork (Jamaican) and sells all cuts at the same low price. Problem is they don't age their beef there - that's up to you if you have a kitchen and the where-with-all.
As far as keeping it frozen, I bring frozen food back from Jamaica (ackee) on a somewhat regular basis. Its frozen solid when I pack it - I put it in my checked bag and it stays frozen because its freezing cold in the luggage compartment of the airplane. When I arrive home it is still frozen and goes right into my freezer.
I travel to San Francisco and my typical travel time door to door is 12-14 hours.