Non-spoiling bento?

yamikuronue
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I'm going on a trip sponsored by my dorm; the trip involves a long ride on a bus, and so I'm bringing bentos for the trip out. However, the last time I know I'll have access to a kitchen is on Thursday morning, and we return on an equally long bus ride literally all day Sunday. I'd like to pack at least some snacks in a bento box to avoid spending a lot buying food for the return trip - any ideas for recipes that can keep without refrigeration that long? >.> I'm thinking nuts are good, fruits with a thick rind if I don't cut them up...

Alternately, I can buy things in Amsterdam - anyone know what kinds of things I can find there for no-prep bentoing? (If only I were going to Japan!)

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Re: Non-spoiling bento?

Do you have to pack food for the entire trip...? I mean, Amsterdam has tons of food shops ^_^ I guess for your trip out I would stick to things like crackers, maybe wrapped cheese, fruit, nuts, and that kind of thing, though for your earlier meals you could pack things that don't keep that long. Maybe think ahead as to how many meals/snacks you will need, how long they have to keep, and plan accordingly?

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Re: Non-spoiling bento?

What you in England call flapjack (and we call muesli bars). Put lots of nuts and seeds and dried fruit in it to make it vaguely healthy, then wrap the bars individually and chuck them in your bag for munching as hunger strikes. There's a commercial brand here that's called "A Square Meal" because it contains all the calories and vitamins etc you'd expect from one. And it's square.

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Re: Non-spoiling bento?

No, but it's bookended by two long bus ridesh

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Re: Non-spoiling bento?

ooh, good idea! My friend introduced me to those a week or two ago.

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Re: Non-spoiling bento?

You can add quite a lot of non-absorbent stuff to it without adjusting the amount of butter and sugar etc, but to be on the safe side, add your healthy nuts, seeds, and fruit before you add the rolled oats, then add the oats a bit at a time and stop when it's starting to look as though it's getting a bit dry. There shouldn't be any of the melted sugar/butter mix dripping through to the bottom though, it all wants to be sticking to the dry stuff.

Veertje
Re: Non-spoiling bento?

I live in Amsterdam so about the 2nd part of your question;
I don't know what kind of you want in your bento. You can buy japanese food in Amsterdam, but not everywhere or a lot. You could try the area around Nieuwmarkt (also known as chinatown, near the Waag).
For 'dutch food' you should visit Albert Heijn. Albert Heijn is a brand of supermarket (with blue and white logo). They have shops all over the city and sells lots of items that are easy on the go, like salads and sandwiches. At Amsterdam Centraal (railway station, and metro station) there are 3 'AH to go'-shops, they sell more 'on the go'-items then a regular 'AH'. Prices are a little bit higher, but you can buy ricewiches there (http://www.ricewich.com/en/). Most supermarkets in Amsterdam are open everyday from 8h-22h, so you could pick up something on saterday evening, or early sunday.
I like lots of fruit on long bus-rides, because it stays fresh unlike a bottle of could water.
Have fun in Amsterdam!

anon.
Re: Non-spoiling bento?

you should also consider temperature. like this year the summer got up to a 110 or higher where i live so a lot of stuff ended up spoiling in that time even peanut butter didn't last more than 2 hours at most.

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Re: Non-spoiling bento?

I suspect the coach to Amsterdam departed long ago.
The Albert Heijn (ah) food departments Veertje mentioned aren't a million miles away in quality and 'feel' to an equivalent retail outlet in Japan. You can get decent pre-sliced bread, a good range of pre-sliced/pre-prepared meats, cheeses and fish and the range of fruit juices on offer would make many Japanese people envious. If you avoid the usual tourist traps and the greasy fried snack temptations Amsterdam has a lot of wonderful food on offer for families and groups of friends on a budget.

I'd personally recommend trying a speciality which is almost impossible to find in the Northern Hemisphere outside of the Netherlands and that's the food of Suriname. One of the best bento boxes I ever had was a takeaway from a Surinamese restaurant in Amsterdam. The box came with compartments and included rice and some heavenly pickles. It was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, as it had been bought for me and the group I was travelling with I never found out which restaurant it came from. I still yearn for it.

Anyway, we have run a topic on spoilage in very hot temperatures with ideas and tips to keep your tummy safe:
http://justbento.com/forum/recipes-avoid-spoilage
This would add to the point raised by anon

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