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Looking for non-perishable things to pack for my boyfriend...

tritecliche Sep 28, 2012 08:40 PM

My boyfriend stays in LA for the week for work, and I am looking for homemade things to send with him when he leaves San Diego on Monday mornings. He goes straight to work, so nothing that requires refrigeration. So far Ive sent homemade granola bars, trail mix, brownies, cookies. However, Id like new ideas, and maybe some things that are not sweets.

  1. ipsedixit Sep 28, 2012 08:49 PM

    Beef jerky

    ... and nice photograph of you.

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      paulpaul Sep 29, 2012 04:45 AM

      does he have access to hot water or a microwave?

      If he does I say oatmeal, and brown sugar mixed up in a ziploc bag. He could dump some into a mug with some hot water from a coffee machine and let it sit for a a minute. That's a great simple meal early in the day.

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        nemo Sep 29, 2012 11:09 AM

        Are you looking for one-time Monday breakfast ideas or things that he can eat during the week? Lots of savory options if you define the parameters.

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          Tara57 Sep 29, 2012 02:37 PM

          cheese straws
          Chex Mix

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            Dirtywextraolives Sep 29, 2012 08:54 PM

            Spiced mixed nuts
            Chips & jarred salsa (unopened)
            Any type of jerky
            Peanut butter spread on graham crackers

            Not sure why you 'd pass up on these things just because they weren't homemade, but perhaps you have other reasons:

            Pre packaged jello or fruit cups
            Soup in microwaveable cups
            Cheese & cracker packs
            Hummus & pretzel chips

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives
              LaLa Sep 30, 2012 12:24 PM

              i found awesome single serve salsa at Sams Club...those would be great!
              also single serve peanut butter
              i love thge cheese straws!
              These are to die for!

              1. re: LaLa
                Dirtywextraolives Sep 30, 2012 03:08 PM

                Great ideas!

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              onrushpam Sep 29, 2012 09:13 PM

              We got a cooler at Costco that keeps food cold for an incredibly long time, even without ice. If you added some bottles of frozen water, it would probably keep food cold for 24 hours! I can't find the exact one we got, but this is the same brand and similar:

              1. corneygirl Sep 30, 2012 09:33 AM

                There are things that should be refrigerated eventually but could stand a day out of the fridge. Hummus or a white bean spread and crackers, hard cheese (cheddar, manchego), olives, pickles. Even some roasted vegetables and slices of firm polenta. However, I tend not to worry too much about things that don't have any meat or dairy - outside of hard cheeses not being refrigerated for up to 24 hours.

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                  tritecliche Sep 30, 2012 10:17 AM

                  Ideally, Id like things he can snack on throughout the week. I am not opposed to non-homemade things, I just enjoy cooking! He is in a bachelor apartment through the week-microwave, toasted oven, dorm fridge. Thanks for the ideas!

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                  1. re: tritecliche
                    vstock Sep 30, 2012 12:25 PM

                    Do some items that can be frozen and then boiled. I think of lasagna or enchiladas or something like it. You make, freeze, vacuum seal, and pack frozen in an ice chest. Monday after work, the are still cold and he boils or bakes for dinner. Heats up a 2nd for Tuesday. Or if you guys can swing it, drive up every other weekend and pack his freezer.fridge full of options.

                  2. Jen76 Sep 30, 2012 08:47 PM

                    Have you ever canned anything? You could make homemade fruit sauces (apple, pear, apple/berry combo) and can them in half-pint jars. You can also make a tested salsa recipe (like these: http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_salsa.html) that you can waterbath process in single-serving jars.

                    You could try making homemade bagels that he could eat for breakfasts or use to make sandwiches. There are always the many varieties of quick breads you could make. Banana, Pumpkin-Cranberry, Zucchini. Or muffins. Cornbread muffins are good and can be made savory or sweet.

                    Kale chips for a healthier alternative to get some greens into him. Send him off Monday mornings with a homemade smoothie.

                    1. DuchessNukem Sep 30, 2012 11:36 PM

                      Always so nice to know that you've fed someone when you're not there. I work all weekend, every weekend and make sure that there's mucho good homemade stuff for the Duke.

                      Homemade nut butters: super easy, and can be non-refrig for up to two weeks. Small enough batches that he will use up in 3-4 days and want more by next Monday: buy raw peanuts, almonds, or sunflower seeds w/o shells, roast very gently in oven or toaster oven, cool, then grind well in food processor w/bit of salt, touch of light oil as needed, honey or other sweetener as desired. Empty into glass jar (good for ~2 weeks at room temp).

                      Can vary with added cinnamon one week, cinnamon/chipotle next, chocolate chips after, white chocolate chips, etc.

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