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What items do I keep in my drawer at work…?

December7

Hi all!
Okay, now that we can’t eat out anymore, what will you need onhand at work for eating in?  Here’s what I have so far that seems to cover just about situation:

Pictured:
- Large paper plates
- Small paper plates
- Napkins or paper towels
- Sharp knife for cutting skins off of veggies and cutting fruits
- Knife sharpener
- Can opener, you might not need this, but I remember needing one for some reason, so I included it just in case.
- Box of baggies, I use the quart size
- A thing of moist wipes

NOT pictured (I forgot to include these in the photo):
- Salt and pepper shakers
- Plastic silverware in case you forget to bring some from home

I’m lucky at the moment in that I saved all those extra plastic silverware from when I would eat out all the time.  I have a big paper bag full of them.  So, it will take me a while to work my way through that.

The baggies are for when you grab something like a cucumber on your way out the door without slicing it first.  Once you get to work and slice off a few pieces, you then realize that you don’t have anything to put the rest in.  It’s great for lemons, too.  If you want to squeeze some lemon into your water, you slice it in half then, well… what do you do with the other half? 

The moist wipes come in super handy when you’re slicing fruit at your desk.  Gets pretty sticky and a paper towel isn’t gonna do it.  Our workplace has some really harsh soaps in the restroom, too, so I try to avoid that during the day if I can.  For food issues, that is.

What do I carry food in to work?

December6

If you’re going to be bringing in food to work, it’s really great to have a portable cooler.  I use this one when I bring in a lot of little things:

It’s a MaxCold insulated pack by Igloo.  This one is great because it has straps on the back like a backpack and a handle on the top for just lugging around.  I can fit 3 ice blocks (they’re pretty thin), 2 of my insulated water bottles (sometimes a 3rd depending on how thirsty I am), plus a bottle of juice, a small container for my main dish, and various fruits and veggies.  Works really great.  I use it just about every day.  For those smaller days, I use a smaller one:

I can fit 2 of my water bottles, 3 ice blocks (they’re still thin), and a small-ish container along with a couple of veggies.

Be sure to get yourself some ice blocks, though, or else you’ll need to store the whole thing in the fridge as these won’t keep things cold all day without them.  I bring ice water to work, so that helps with keeping things cold.

Next, if you have some thick foods that you’ll need to reheat and don’t want your plastic containers to melt in the microwave (we have microwaves we can use at work) get yourself a “food jar” of some sort.  Here’s what mine kind of looks like except mine is all black:

If you’re regularly in a hurry in the morning, then be sure to get a container that is MICROWAVABLE.  That way, you can grab the food on your way out the door and not wait to reheat before you go.  Also, I DON’T recommend this container for actually keeping anything cold or warm for any long period of time.  If I reheat before I leave the house, it’s cold by lunch time and I need to reheat it again anyways.  I’m going to try to find a better one after the Holidays.

Where to find these things… well, I found both of these in the camping gear section at Target.