I had my first encounter with a ‘tube’ here in Norway last year. Pretty safe to say, my perception on ways to eat and package foods has been forever changed.
The tube in Norway packages more than just toothpaste. It packages food. Pretty disgusting right? Well, hear me out…
At first when I tasted tubed food and toppings, I was very hesitant as I took my first bite. This stuff couldn’t possibly be of good taste. Caviar in a tube???? Mackerel in a tube?? Ok yea…the mackerel is pretty disgusting to be honest. But the caviar is not.
The reason I love this idea is because it is convenient. I never was a mayonnaise eater back in the US until about a year and a half ago. I don’t know what compelled me to begin eating it, but I became hooked quite quickly. But on the contrary, I hated soggy bread. So, when I would take a sandwich to work for lunch (let’s not kid ourselves…occasions were rare since it was just as cheap for me to go next door and grab Mexican food), I made it sans mayo. Well… had the US known about the wonderful thing that is ‘tubed food’, I could have conveniently brought a tube to work and put it in the fridge and wouldn’t need a knife or anything else. It would have been magical and the ultimate form of convenience. Currently in Norway, I find them most convenient when hiking or traveling with a cooler.
I haven’t tried all the different types of tubed food or sandwich toppings, and I probably won’t like all of them…but it is still nice to know they are sitting in the grocery store waiting on me to give them a shot. Especially the Jalapeno Ost (jalapeno cheese).
Would you ever eat a food or sandwich topping that came from a tube??