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Dec 13, 2006 04:30 PM

Holiday Gift Idea: Lunch Repair Kit

One of gifts I'm "making" this year is a Lunch Repair Kit which is something I have at my desk to fix takeaway food that turns out to be too bland.

Its a lunch box with a cloth napkin, real silverware (which make lunch at your desk slightly more civilized) and various spice(y) condiments to pump up boring food - good salt & pepper, soy sauce, srirachi, chipotle tabasco, olive oil, cayenne. I'll also add in various hard candies for a post lunch treat.

Can you think of anything else I should add that doesn't need refrigeration?

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  1. Good idea! I'd add mustard.

    1. Sugarless gum or a small toothbrush and toothpaste. I know it's not "foodie", but my dentist has been on me...

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        1. re: Andiereid

          I agree. That way the person can eat garlicky foods without fear of the consequences.

        2. I love this idea! Other than mustard and maybe a breath mint or two, I think you have it covered. Maybe a tiny peppermill?

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          1. re: prunefeet

            At work I keep one of those things that's a little bottle the size of a grocery spice bottle, loaded with mixed peppercorns and with a grinder in the top. That would be perfect in the kit.

          2. Great concept! I'd suggest adding balsamic vinegar.

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            1. re: BobB

              Yeah, good idea, then if you had a bad salad dressing, you could make your own vinaigrette since you already have the olive oil in the box!

              Great idea Larochelle... what kind of lunch boxes are they going to be?

              1. re: Katie Nell

                I've been picking up odd metal boxes from thrift stores - I have a Dean & Delucci one, some metal "trucker" ones, some kitch ones (Indiana Jones, Barbie, etc.), a couple Bento-style boxes, and I was going to swing by a local Indian grocery to see if they had anything.

                FYI - Last year I gave out "Mini Emergency Kits" in old cigar boxes that had aspirin, bandaids, safety pins, cold medicine, and so on.

                1. re: larochelle

                  Very cute! I have a Yogi and Boo Boo metal lunchbox that my uncle gave me a few years back- Boo Boo was/ is my nickname from him!

            2. This site has an enormous inventory of items that come in individual sizes: http://www.minimus.biz/default.aspx

              Although not limited to foodstuffs, you can order many types of condiments, sauces, jelly etc by the indvidual packet/container or in multiples.

              Some highlights (to me) include packtes of:
              Grey Poupon
              Malt Vinegar
              Clover Honey
              Lemon juice
              Crushed red pepper
              Horseradish sauce
              Tapatio hot sauce
              Ken's salad dressings
              Peanut butter & jelly
              And many, many more. None of the items need to be refrigerated before opening.

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              1. re: CDouglas

                World Market has a lot of individual condiments- I personally am infatuated with the Heinz ketchup and mustard bottles- I've always wanted to have a casual hotdog party where everyone gets their own K&M!