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6/17/09 1:17 P

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I use baby carrot. With all my fresh fruits and veggie I use following
* 1st take out Air
* soft fruits/veggie 1 to 2 day used (like strawberries /broc)
* hard fruits/veggie have a 1 to 5 day use ( like apple / carrots)

All air must be taking out.
Row or use a straw to pull the air out that help me. In prep small the key is for me NO AIR.

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6/17/09 12:16 P

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keeping the carrot sticks in water till you're using them really works. just pull them out and put them in the plastic bag the night before to grab for school. they actually sell packages like this in the grocery stores near me.

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5/18/09 12:23 P

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it might be wise to get another ice pack or two. They say you shouldn't let food go for more than an hour that needs to be refrigerated.

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5/18/09 11:15 A

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If you eat grapes, you can freeze them and take them with you. They would serve as a freezer pack as well as be thawed by the time you would eat them. I am a college student also and it is difficult at times. They have these fit & fresh things that you can carry to school that has an ice pack in it and has different pieces so you can use for lunches, fruits and veggies, etc.

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5/18/09 10:20 A

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For the cucumber if you want to chop it up and use a mixture of vinegar and sugar or splenda. You get that sweet and tart taste like pickled cucumber. Its so easy and yummy. Hope you try it emoticon

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5/18/09 9:13 A

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I don't know the validity of this - other than it has worked for my farm-mom for over 60 years - she always prepares these vegetables - celery, radishes, carrots - when she brings them in from the garden or store (off season) and puts them in a container with water and keeps them in the frig until use. Keeps over a week. I do the same, and it works for those veggies. I pull out what I need for that lunch and pack daily.

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5/11/09 11:09 A

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thx alot for your regards ..
I don't eat celery , I don't seem to like it and it's not so popular here .. I found that we have a small insulated lunch container, soft sided, totally squashable with a velcro flap on top that came as a freebie with something we got from the grocery some years ago and I took it out to use it .. and although I love cheese, we don't have cheese strings or sticks around here..for the Ice packs I didn't found near my house so I may need a trip down town to see what they have .. thx alot for passing by ,, I appretiate it ..



JANISTROTMAN

where I live we don't have baby carrots and snap peas ,, or it'll be a great life saver .. I don't eat radishes, celery or raw bell peppers ,, I take some dried fruit and nuts when ever I remember them .. I would try to freeze yougert and let you know when it'e thawn .. thx for your tips ..



ELVIRAKITTIES

for cucumbers it's not really a big issue like with carrots , cuz I don't need to peel them or cut them really thin .. so I can make it the night before .. but the carrots consume lots of time .. thx for passing by



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5/8/09 3:36 P

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I find with cucumbers cutting them up and leaving them to long doesn't work, so I used to take a knife with me, and wrap them in foil.

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5/8/09 11:28 A

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I buy the baby carrots, radishes, celery, red and green peppers, radishes,snap peas, dried fruits and nuts, fruits and I would parcel them out for lunches. Cucumber I would cut in half, seal in a plastic bag w plastic knife. I make sandwiches or wraps to go with my veggies. I freeze applesauce and yogurts. I pack my instulated bag with cold together and my bread in a different compartment as I do not want my bread cold. That works for me.

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5/8/09 10:41 A

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Barbiegirl,

I can only help with one small portion of your dilemma.
Aluminum foil keep celery BEST, way better than plastic bags that the cerlery comes in. My wife bought a small insulated lunch container, soft sided, totally squashable with a velcro flap on top. Something like that might serve you well for school and in the job world too. You could put that lunch bag inside your backpack and be off to school/work. Well here goes one more suggestion or two, LOL.
We have individual cheese sticks, if you like cheese, you might try freezing them and put into your bag, but I don't have experience with freezing yogurt. Juice boxes should freeze but maybe too much sugar? The freezer ice packs, to me often need more than overnight to re-freeze, so I might suggest that you get maybe two more. Easy for me to spend YOUR money, huh?

Good luck,
keep up the good work juggling school and all of your other activities.

I'm sure you will get many other suggestions here
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5/8/09 3:59 A

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Hello Friends ..

I was trying to pack my lunch from almost 3 months every day .. I prep it mostly at night and let it in the fridge till the morning to take it along .. Usually I'll pack an amount that is for breakfast and lunch ( I'm at college from 7am to 4 pm )..

The problem is : when I clean and cut my veggies into sticks ( carrots and cucumbers ) in advanced for the whole week , and put them in a plastic container at the fridge , they become dry after 2 days and after 3 days I can't eat them .. what is going wrong here ?
I tried putting napkins at the bottom of the container to absorb the moist and if I didn't put it the veggies get wet and soggy !!

I really want to cut my veggies in advanced cuz they consume me lots of time every night .. any HELP ?

and so I don't need to have another thread for other questions , I'll ask them here ..

we don't have a micro or fridge that is accessible for the students in my college campus , so do I need to use Ice packs for my veggies that I'll eat for lunch at 12-1 pm ? I have only 1 Ice pack .. do I need to invest in more Ice packs and a thermos ? cuz it's only 4 months to graduation !! or is it a good investment cuz I may use them when I get a job ?

It's almost 50 Degrees steaming hot in summer here.. what can I pack that won't get bad till 1 pm ?

if I want to pack a yougert or pudding do I need to freeze it and it'll thaw tell the time I'll eat it in ? or the texture will change ?

I don't like to carry a brown bag or a lunch box . I put my stuff - plastic containers - in my Back Pack .. is that wrong ? do I need to separate my food in another bag for health issues ?

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