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blue_blanket Jan 4, 2011 08:20 PM

Hi, I am wondering if there is a grocery store around that has a good selection of either single serve, packaged foods, or microwavable shelf-stable foods. They can't require a freezer or refrigeration.

My husband is overseas and I am looking for new and interesting things to send him. He does not have cooking facilities, beyond a small fridge, a microwave and can opener.

Even an online source for things like this would be great, and most appreciated.


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    Xellosw2099 Jan 5, 2011 12:21 PM

    This one is hard, cuz unless the food is completed dehyrated, it require certain kind of refrigeration. My only recommandtion is those big bucket of emergency food supply from costco.

    Or you can go for those canned Ravioli.

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      rjka Jan 5, 2011 12:53 PM

      Not true about requiring refrigeration. There used to be quite a selection of shelf stable ready to eat foods that could be microwaved. Not sure they really took off with the consumer and I don't have any advice on anywhere special to find them.

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      lbs Jan 5, 2011 12:51 PM

      Check out Whole Foods or Trader Joes. I've gotten Annie Chun noodle bowls that are shelf stable. Also the Pacific Organic soups are shelf stable.

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        delk Jan 5, 2011 02:47 PM

        Jewel have these Indian meals. No need for a fridge and microwaveable.


        And REI has a bunch of energy snack stuff


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          sh827 Jan 6, 2011 07:44 AM

          Trader Joe's has a line of Indian food - and it's cheaper than Jewel's!

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            blue_blanket Jan 6, 2011 06:26 PM

            Thanks everyone. I found some shelf-stable mexican entrees at Jewel. I think I will be heading up to Trader Joe's too this weekend.

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              citywayne Jan 7, 2011 05:05 AM

              Whenever I was 'alone', I would head over to Trader Joe's . Very dependable and has enough variety ... and you can get drinkable 'cheaper' wine to go along with the meal.

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