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Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Nutella question on 04/27/2012 20:07:58 MDT Print View

Does anybody know if Nutella will keep well at room temperature after being opened. I am considering adding it to my backpacking diet and want to keep it in a lightweight container/squeeze tube, but worry about it spoiling in the course of 8-10 day trips.

HELP!

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Nutella question on 04/27/2012 20:11:41 MDT Print View

I don't think I've ever refrigerated it after opening.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
no problem on 04/27/2012 20:11:53 MDT Print View

As a veteran Nutella eater, from a very early age, I can assure you that it keeps fine after being opened at room temperature. If it's hot it will get a bit soft, almost runny. We never kept ours in the fridge. The only problem is that it usually does not last long because it's just too good. 10,20,30 days? No problem at all.

Edited by Kat_P on 04/27/2012 20:12:38 MDT.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re: Nutella question on 04/27/2012 20:12:55 MDT Print View

I keeps very well. Directions don't say to refrigerate. Warning: It will get solid if cold enough rendering it unspreadable. Just like butter.
So yummy! I worked with an Italian mechanic that kept it on his nightstand. Have a spoonful in the night and go back to sleep.
Can be addictive.

Eugene Smith
(Eugeneius) - MLife

Locale: Nuevo Mexico
"Nutella question" on 04/27/2012 20:15:38 MDT Print View

Nutella doesn't need refrigeration, it will do fine in your pack for up to that length.

Mmmmm, Nutella.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Nutella on 04/27/2012 20:23:20 MDT Print View

Thanks Tom for sweetening up the forum :)

Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
I love Nutella on 04/27/2012 20:27:46 MDT Print View

I LOVE the stuff. What I did on my last big trip is carry a jar of the stuff that wasn't technically part of any meal. On warm days it would get very soft and runny. Be careful or it will get smudge all over you and your gear! When it was soft I would dip my grenola bars into it and eat them together. When it got cold it would harded up. Then I'd carve out a chunk with my pocket knife and eat it like chocalate.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Nutella on 04/27/2012 20:33:26 MDT Print View

"Thanks Tom for sweetening up the forum :)"

;0)

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Thanks to all on 04/27/2012 20:37:04 MDT Print View

Many thanks for the quick replies, folks. Just what I hoped to hear.

Actually, I'm going to use Trader Joes Cocoa Almond Spread, but it's essentially the same thing. The only difference I can see is that it uses almonds instead of hazelnuts and contains 10 more calories/37 gram serving. Both have an excellent carb/fat/protein balance.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Thanks to all on 04/27/2012 20:39:02 MDT Print View

" it's essentially the same thing"
No, no, no. It's not the same thing. It's good, but not Nutella...

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Nutella question on 04/27/2012 20:39:33 MDT Print View

Nutella is 50% SUGAR
The next main ingredient is vegetable oil...
no refrigeration required
Franco

Daniel Goldenberg
(dag4643)

Locale: Pacific Northwet
Re: Nutella question on 04/27/2012 20:45:45 MDT Print View

Tom,

Take a tub of peanut butter and spoon out the center. Then put your nutella in the microwave for a few seconds, just enough so the nutella becomes liquid enough to pour. Then pour the nutella into the center of the well in the peanut butter and take that on your trip.

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Nutella question on 04/27/2012 21:01:53 MDT Print View

"Then pour the nutella into the center of the well in the peanut butter and take that on your trip."

Ohhhhhhhhh. But I don't have a microwave. :(

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Thanks to all on 04/27/2012 21:05:29 MDT Print View

"No, no, no. It's not the same thing. It's good, but not Nutella..."

Y'got me there, Katharina. It's just more convenient, since there's a TJ less than a mile from home, and I figure it will do for backpacking. Oh, and almonds are my favorite nut. Still, there's a lot to be said for tradition. Maybe I'll alternate back and forth on consecutive trips.....

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Nutella question on 04/27/2012 21:08:37 MDT Print View

"Nutella is 50% SUGAR
The next main ingredient is vegetable oil..."

Right. I was worried about the small amount of protein going bad, but I'm glad to hear it's not an issue.

It'll be a great addition to my diet.

David Thomas
(DavidinKenai) - MLife

Locale: North Woods. Far North.
Re: Nutella question on 04/27/2012 22:24:10 MDT Print View

Tom, the plastic containers it comes in aren't bad on weight/volume. And the lids are pretty secure.

If the amount you're planning to use is more of less than the factory plastic container, increase or decrease it in your menu so you use exactly a factory size. Take the aluminized foil seal off the top of the jar before starting out so you're not carrying it the whole way.

Or get through a container with 1-2 days left and use the container (which admittedly doesn't compact well) as a trash container.

And +1 on everyone above - ambient temps are just fine.

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Nutella question on 04/27/2012 22:48:53 MDT Print View

The jars actually tell you to NOT refrigerate it!!

And IMO the Trader Joe's stuff is better, it is less sweet. Nutella is OK, but once you eat the real stuff you realize just how sugary it is. Go visit Big Lots for many other versions a well, all imported.

Jeremy B.
(requiem) - F - M

Locale: Northern California
Re: Re: Nutella question on 04/27/2012 23:10:15 MDT Print View

Nutella also comes in smaller packets; I found some left over in a conference room a few years back. They look like the ones here:
http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2010/2/5/bottle-jar-shaped-packets.html

I opened one only a month or two ago; it probably would have been much improved by heating, but was still edible. (Almost certainly expired by then.)

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: Re: Nutella question on 04/28/2012 00:19:53 MDT Print View

"Nutella also comes in smaller packets"

Yes, I purchased a bunch of those from Minimus.biz to use for a solo trip this summer.

--B.G.--

Tim Zen
(asdzxc57) - F

Locale: MI
Re: Re: Re: Re: Nutella question on 04/28/2012 05:24:45 MDT Print View

Save your proof of purchase. You are in for a refund. Check out the class action.