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05-15-2005, 08:16 PM
I am new here as I'm sure you guys can see. And I drive trucks and live on the road. I know I can bring fresh fruits and veg's but need some other ideals on dryed stuff, and also need to know how well things like almond milk and butter travel. :confused:
I have a cooler but not a refrgerator at this time, hope to have one in here someday. :D
05-15-2005, 09:28 PM
Hi there and welcome!
Now, when you say "dried stuff" are you referring to already prepared stuff or stuff you will make/dry yourself?
05-15-2005, 10:16 PM
Almond milk will last at least a couple of days in the cooler. Just keep it cold.
As far as dehyrating food, as long as it completely dry, it should last quite a while. Usually the items I dehydrate are not completely dry and I therefore refrigerate it until I eat the food.
I also make a little extra of any recipe, pack it in glass jars and store them in the refrigerator (you can use your cooler) for my next day lunch. Most of the recipe entrees that I make, last several days in the refrigerator. As long as you keep your cooler cold, you should be able to pack several pre made meals, which are ready to eat.
Not to mention, just plain, simple and wonderful fruit and vegeatables.
Good luck and blessings.
05-15-2005, 10:17 PM
Do you have a blender that you can plug into a 12V outlet? If so it would open up a wider range of foods, especially soups, nut milk and smoothies.
Lots of raw foods are dry, some requiring soak time of 30 minutes to an hour like nuts and oatmeal. No reason you couldn't soak them in a plastic tupperware or similar container between meals. Sundried raisons, seeds, and nuts come to mind. A lot of salad dressings can be prepared in the same manner, just screw on the top and shake. You could prepare granola and some dried fruits/ fruit leathers on your off-time to take with you. Olive oil doesn't need to be refridgerated, nor do cider/ ume plum vinegar or braggs/ nama shoyu if you use them.
If you use a nut bag or sprout bag you can rinse sprouts twice a day when you stop for meals and hang them from a hook in the truck. They are a good alternative to lettuce and other leafy greens that would not fair well in a cooler. And food doesn't get fresher.
Is your cooler one of those 12v models that you can either cool or heat? The ones I've seen have an internal temp of 40 degrees cooler or warmer than the ambient temp. That would be cool enough for produce, and even nut milk if consumed within a few days.
05-19-2005, 04:16 AM
thanks for the info. i try to dry stuff at home myself and am learning where every Wild Oats market that i can is. I live on the road for weeks at a time so I have to shop to resupply anyway. and I don't have an electical cooler right now but am planning on getting one again as they have worked well for me in the past. Ive gotten alot of new "dried stuff" ideals from this forum so thanks again :D :D :D
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