voiceinthedarkness wrote:I read in another thread that putting bread and tortillas in a paper bag helps keep them fresh - does this work or is it an old wive's tale?
A paper bag prevents condensation, while also helping prevent drying out, provided it's sealed. It'll also depend on the bread. Plain ol' bread from the store is sold in plastic bags because it's meant to be eaten in a short timeframe. Something with a better crust you'd probably want stored in paper.
We stored our tortillas in plastic bags when we used them, and they were fine. They were pre-cooked, however, and already sealed.
I've never much worried about the quality of field rations, only the quantity. Perhpas it's time to change the point of view.
When you're at the store it's easy to say "oh I can live a week on Ramen or some other cheap food" and justify that because you're paying the jacked-up prices at Reno or something. However, on the playa, I always kick myself for not bringing something I thought I might enjoy but opted not to, or not enough of something someone else suggested, but I shot down. Bring tasty drinks, bring tasty food. Go through the effort of making nice meals. Even trade off kitchen duties so you can't just opt to not make a proper meal. Moral of the story: it's your one week vacation, make it one!
Meals will be planned and packaged ahead of time, to minimize the need for grazing, with plenty of non-perishable and portable items stored separately.
Access control shouldn't be a problem, as there will only be two of us in camp, coolers will be secured any time we're away, and my daughter and I both understand self-discipline. Usually.
Good to have a plan an protocol for where and when you grab food. It will save you ice. Still, don't make it an exercise in diminishing returns. If you feel like having a drink, well, have a drink. If your food access habits force you to buy ice, buy ice. You're there for a week, and only a week, make it the best week!
Cooler cozies. Hmmm. Unfortunately for me, creative crafting falls into the same category as brain surgery - not my forte. They sound cool, though (If you'll pardon the pun).
Throw a blanket over the cooler or some welcome mats. They work fine.
At the same time, if your cooler is so cheap that blankets have a noticeable effect on the longevity of your ice, maybe it's time to invest in a proven, better cooler. Maybe even pack some shit cooler in sealed styrofoam.