a.k.a. Joe Walp, Joe, joewalp
Hi all. I'm new to the forum.
I just made a couple suggestions for olive oil containers in response to a post from a couple months ago ("Olive Oil in What Container??"). That got me thinking about my own food container conundrum.
I generally eat cold during summer---as much for the convenience as for the weight savings. Lots of dishes start with couscous, to which I add olive oil, clarified butter (ghee) or powdered instant cream. Each variant then gets something for "chewability," such as Hormel bacon pieces, walnut pieces, dried fruit, sundried tomato or textured vegetable protein.
Then, most variants can be seasoned a few ways. Seasonings include powdered tomato, granulated brown sugar, powdered asparagus, Folgers crystals (believe it or not), parsley flakes, salt, white pepper, curry powder, powdered maple syrup, celery salt, granulated chicken boullion, etc.
I'm curious how others carry powdered and grandulated seasonings. One option would be to pack each meal's dry ingredients in a separate ziploc. But that doesn't allow enough flexibility: I tend to vary the amount I prepare based on appetite, and I don't want a lot of leftover seasoned couscous.
Instead, I pack an assortment of seasoning mixtures in mini zipper bags .
But I'd prefer to take a variety of seasonings so that I could prepare whatever strikes my fancy on a given evening, seasoning to taste. One option might be to use a mini zipper bag for each seasoning and to doll out using a miniature spoon. With all of the baggies taped together (making something resembling a baggie belt), they'd be easy to keep track of. But the system wouldn't work well in wet conditions: a wet spoon and/or a wet bag opening would make a mess.
Despite the greater weight, mini plastic bottles look like a better bet. Ideally, I'd want non-rigid, transparent non-tapering containers, but I don't see any offering that matches. For example, both MSR Kitchen Cupboard and MSR Kitchen Set include flip-top, rigid, semi-transparent vials . Alternately, REI offers a Nalgene Multi-Purpose Vial Kit with heavier screw-cap, rigid, semi-transparent vials . Lastly, United States Plastic Corp offers Nalgene vials with press-on caps .
Seems like MSR marketing would mention if their vials were Nalgene (low density polyethylene). I'm pretty sure that the top edge would be prone to cracking otherwise . Probably, they're polypropylene, like the the dilution vials that Fisher Scientific offers . Of course, neither of these flip-top options is particularly economical due to extra junk from MSR and minimum of fifty from Fisher Scientific.