(Closed) Lunches that don’t need refrigeration?

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

There are marie calander (sp) pasta bowl things that are pretty awesome but you need a microwave to make them. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I agree that the Marie Callander meals are good.  Also, I used to not really have good access to a fridge so I would just take an insulated lunch box with two good ice packs.  That actually worked out really well and I was able to take pretty much anything.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I agree with pp – freezer packs and an insulated lunch bag. 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

Darling Husband has a lunch container that he puts in the freezer overnight that will keep his food chilled throughout the day. Otherwise, things like peanut butter & jelly sandwhiches, apples, bananas, carrot or celery sticks, ham sandwich (no mayo), leftover pizza, those Campbell’s soup bowls, things like that should be fine for a few hours. I was always a little risky and took a lot of stuff and let it sit – just not things with mayo, sour cream – stuff that can get icky faster.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@hisgoosiegirl: We have those too actually, we have one for sandwiches, one for cereal, and one that can hold general snacks.  Those work really well too!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

When I was in college, I would eat the Easy Mac bowls and add a packet of drained tuna (blame my dad, I grew up on mac-n-cheese & tuna).  And Hamburger Helper had something similar to Easy Mac. Not sure if they still do.

Cambells has those Soup-at-Hand that are made to mircrowave and drink.  A cheaper version could be a can of store brand soup and carry a bowl and spoon in your bag.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Oh also what I used to do when I was at school was freeze a sandwhich the night before, even ham and cheese with mayo and by the next day at lunch it was thawed but still cold. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

Bring soup or Chef Boyardee in the can and put it in a bowl when you are ready to microwave it.

Like a PP mentioned, I have this container that you put in the freezer and the outside is filled with this gel that freezes so you don’t need a separate ice pack. I got it at The Container Store.

Why can’t you carry an ice pack in an insulated lunch bag though?

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

When I worked at the mall we didn’t have a fridge, so I’d bring cereal and buy milk from the drug store….

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

In college, I was in a similar situation, only I didn’t even have access to a microwave.  A lot of times I’d bring something like instant oatmeal, Easy Mac, cup of noodles, or ramen and a thermos of hot water.  Other times I’d bring a pb&j sandwich or bring a bowl or cereal and buy milk out of the vending machine.  You can also bring snacky stuff like fruit, granola bars, etc… if that’s not enough to fill you up.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@rubyred605:

Ditto. My food sits at room temp between 830am and noon and it’s totally fine!

I do this because we have no microwaves at work.

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

@galloway111: you can get some that can clip on to your backpack somewhere – a little bit bulky, but you don’t have to cram it in or have to carry it everywhere.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

You could always do a salad. You don’t really have to refrigerate those, and put the dressing on the side til you are ready to eat

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