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Ideas for a packed tea that doesn't need refrigerating at all, please.

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Borka Fri 15-Aug-14 10:54:39

We're going on a day trip to see the ILs next week, and will be on the train back when it's DS's tea time. What can I take for him to eat that's reasonably filling (MIL's cooking is very variable, so can't count on a big lunch) that will survive being carried around for 9 hrs? I think it's too long for a cold bag to keep stuff cold.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Fri 15-Aug-14 10:57:44

Fresh bread rolls, jar of peanut butter/jam/Nutella? Then some fruit and crisps

BrianButterfield Fri 15-Aug-14 11:02:09

Wouldn't it be easier to pop to a shop before the trip home and grab sandwiches/cocktail sausages/French stick/babybels/yoghurts? But if not how about things like dairylea Dunkers - they'll be a novelty as well for the trip and I'm sure will be fine out of the fridge. How old is he? How about fruity Ella's pouches? Even big kids like to eat them IMO!

KittiesInsane Fri 15-Aug-14 11:02:16

How old is he?
Yes to fruit, crisps. Bagels are pretty bomb-proof if he has the teeth for it.

My mother's solution would have been fish paste in a jar...

BrianButterfield Fri 15-Aug-14 11:03:07

Actually Aldi have some nice pates in jars this week - they're quite cheap too.

CMOTDibbler Fri 15-Aug-14 11:03:21

If you pack it well, then 9 hours in a cool bag will be fine. I freeze carton drinks, or bottles of water so they keep things cold as they defrost.

Ds loves a box of pasta salad - ham/roast chicken, mixed veg, cucumber, cherry toms, sometimes some cheese cubes. He doesn't like mayo, so I just do a drizzle of olive oil onto it.

If he likes tuna, you could pack some rolls and a pouch of no drain tuna to make them into sarnies

Borka Fri 15-Aug-14 11:18:53

Thanks for these ideas. I think DS would be very happy with rolls & a jar of jam! He likes tuna too & I hadn't thought of the no-drain kind.

itiswhatitiswhatitis Fri 15-Aug-14 18:10:15

No drain tuna? Ooh must keep an eye out for that!

ColdCottage Fri 15-Aug-14 18:15:42

If you want a hot option and you are on a train with a buffet, take a tuppaware box with a packet of flavoured couscous then just ask for a cup of boiling water. Pour over, wait 6 mins or so. Done. If you can nab one of those butter sachets add that in too for extra flavour.

Artandco Fri 15-Aug-14 18:20:10

Our fail safe picnic is roast veg including tomatoes ( make slight sauce) cut small, then add soup pasta and pesto and mix. Can eat hot/ cold/ and fine out of fridge. A roasting tray full of various veg makes enough for 6 once pasta added.

MsBug Fri 15-Aug-14 18:22:56

Tortilla wraps, tinned refried beans and an avacado. Makes a great wrap.

Can you use the fridge at your ILS?

13greentomatoes Sat 16-Aug-14 10:09:18

Why don't you buy a cool bag?

So you could refridgerate food the day before, then on the morning of your journey, pop the food in the coolbag.

We bought one from Argos, with plates that you pop in the freezer, then take out the morning of the journey, keeps it all fresh. hth

13greentomatoes Sat 16-Aug-14 10:10:57

Sorry, somebody beat me to it with the cool bag idea. Assuming you haven't gone one, though...

TinklyLittleLaugh Sat 16-Aug-14 16:34:37

My kids take flavoured tuna and wraps to festivals.

Borka Sat 16-Aug-14 17:18:54

I've got a cool bag but it won't stay cold for long enough - it can make it to lunchtime but not much beyond that. Maybe I need a better one!

I love the couscous idea, I think the train will have a buffet.

lucjam Sat 16-Aug-14 17:34:12

Can you put stuff in mil fridge whilst you are there and then take it out just before you leave?

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