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Non Perishable Snack Ideas

We are going on a boat trip with friends and staying at a hotel w/o refrigeration for four days. We'll have a cooler, but would like some non-perishable snack ideas also. Everyone is to bring 2 snacks each to enjoy with drinks before we go out for dinner. There will be 6 couples and some are bringing cheese, summer sausage, nuts, crackers, chips, hummus. So I am looking for something different than those snacks. Thanks in advance! Mary

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  1. Clementines will keep over 4 days and are a great snack anytime. Snack mix is another idea. Epicurious.com has several good snack mix recipes, which don't take too long to prepare and are much tastier/better for you than what you find in the grocery store.

    1. Jarred salsa. Or if you make your own, it should last in the cooler.
      Pepadews, either from the salad bar at the grocery store, or I just saw them jarred in the pickle/olive section which was new to me. Take a block of cream cheese and stuff them right before serving.
      Cherry tomatoes stuffed with spinach/articoke boursin. The tomatoes don't need refrigeration. Just cut, scoop, and fill before serving.
      You could take cold shrimp and dipping sauces if you could get everyone to let you serve them the first night there.
      Cooked and marinated tortellini. Just bring to room temp and serve with toothpicks.
      Jarred marinated artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, olive assortment.

      1. Could you do an antipasti platter out of jars and boxes? marinated artichokes, pickled onion, assorted olives, good oil-packed tuna served with capers and some fresh lemon squeezed over, a dry salami, crispy dry bread sticks. just don't forget the can opener for the tuna!

        1. Dates stuffed with nuts, or if you have time to make these ahead, I love them--date balls. Basically, chop and mix up dates and your choice of nuts (cashews go really well, as do walnuts), and then roll into balls. I suppose you could make larger date/nut bars this way, too.

          If you buy vacuum-sealed prosciutto and a thing of blue or goat cheese, you could stuff the date w/ small bits of cheese, then wrap it w/ prosciutto the day of and skewer it w/ a toothpick. Actually, I've only had this slightly baked, but I can't imagine that it wouldn't taste good room temp.

          1. If you are looking to bake/cook some stuff in advance, how about some homemade cheese straws or crackers? Joy of Cooking, Gourmet and other cookbooks have good recipes for these as well as pastry wrapped olives or other snack treats you can make in advance and keep for 1-2 days at room temperature. Also like the cheese/sausage antipasto idea perhaps with some grapes, strawberries or other fruit? Fruit if bought slightly underripe will usually keep 2-3 days. Can also make your own candied nuts - pecans roasted in bourbon & maple syrup or almonds toasted in curry powder, etc.