Mar 23, 2011 at 9:46 am #1270989
@sixguns01Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
What do you use to carry peanut butter, jelly or other spreads in for lunch?
ThanksMar 23, 2011 at 10:24 am #1713414
Well, nowadays I try to find Single serving condiments such as mayo, peanut butter and honey. They work great on the trail, however there is much waste and the containers are not reusable nor environmentally friendly.
Otherwise I use a small ziploc bag with a hole in one corner and squeeze out whatever I put inside. I store the bag with a hole inside another ziploc bag for safe keeping.
This is the lightest solutions I've come acrossMar 23, 2011 at 10:58 am #1713444
anyone use coughlan squeeze tubes?
i'm curious about how easy they are to clean and reuseMar 23, 2011 at 11:21 am #1713458
@detroittigerfanLocale: Ann Arbor
For peanut butter, I use a small screw-top container. I think it's made by Nalgene and holds 1 or 2 fl oz. I don't always want the amount that a single serving gives me, so this works well. Easy to clean and reload. And, regardless of what king of peanut butter I use at home, I always carry a commercial brand like JIF on the trail. It has enough chemicals in it so that it doesn't separate and I don't care about the added sugar when hiking.
For mayo, soy sauce, honey, etc., I just use the small packets.
Btw, these guys are great for refillable tubes and such. Cheap and durable and amazingly fast delivery. I use their "rum runner" flasks for carrying extra water. 32oz containers are less than $5 and weigh 0.8oz. I've never had one leak. http://www.easytravelerinc.com/Mar 23, 2011 at 11:32 am #1713464
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Squeeze tubes were state-of-the-art thirty years ago. I used them for granular stuff like instant coffee. They were a little awkward for gooey stuff like peanut butter because they were slightly difficult to clean out. However, we had very few peanut butter products packaged in foil packets back then. The white plastic clip for the bottom of the squeeze tube can break.
Now, I carry peanut butter foil packets (minimus.biz). If I need to carry more than 2-3 ounces, then I will pack a small plastic screw-top jar with it, but no deeper than my fingers (for ease of cleaning).
–B.G.–Mar 23, 2011 at 11:33 am #1713465
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
Used them for years. The bottom opens completely, so you can get them clean without too much fuss.Mar 23, 2011 at 11:56 am #1713474
@lancemLocale: OregonMar 23, 2011 at 12:06 pm #1713482
@sarbarLocale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
For the most part I use single serving – simpler, portion controlled and no mess. If though you are on a longer trip just carry the nut butter in its container it came in. Same with jam – you can get plastic squeeze containers now.
But whatever you do, if you do carry tubs, etc don't stick spoons in that you have licked…your saliva and the sugar in jam = breeding ground in hot weather ;-)
PS: You might also look into Ziploc or Glad 1/2 cup containers, those work well.Mar 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm #1713490
@jephotoLocale: New Zealand
The white plastic clip for the bottom of the squeeze tube can break.
So true. I now replace mine with duct tape.Mar 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm #1713504
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I've always used squeeze tubes (duct taped shut) for peanut butter, jelly and honey.
I now pre-mix PBJ in one tube for conveniance & less weight.
For liquid margarine I use a small plastic bottle W/ a flip-up spout lid.Mar 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm #1713513
I use coughlan's squeeze tubes for peanut butter. I hate loading them and I hate cleaning them. I am switching to small containers (ziploc or glad)Mar 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm #1713564
@brooklynkayakLocale: Atlantic North East
I use to use the reusable squeeze tubes, but got tired of cleaning em.
You can come across little peanut butter jars in some supermarkets, 8 oz, I think.
I reuse them to contain food. You don't have to fill them to the top if you are only bringing a few ounces.
I use one as a coffee/tea mug. It also doubles as a container for reconstituting dehydrated foods a few hours before camp. The screw on lid keeps the contents from leaking in my pack. They are quite durable/reliable so they won't make a mess in your food bag.
I guess this should not be in the gear section, but in the food/cooking forum?Mar 23, 2011 at 2:30 pm #1713575
We use Ziploc snack bags. Half the size of a sandwich bag.Mar 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm #1713675
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Nalge jars. Guaranteed seal on the lids. Very durable. Available at good gear stores or direct from Nalge.
CheersMar 24, 2011 at 5:50 am #1713863
@brooklynkayakLocale: Atlantic North East
Yes to Nalgene Jars,
But in the States, you get them for free when you buy small jars of Peanut Butter, jam,…
Maybe even Vegemite:-)
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