Tubes are for More than Just Toothpaste in Norway

Last Updated on by Megan Starr

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…

Tubes of cheese and meats in Norway
Bacon Ost= bacon cheese
Reker Ost= shrimp cheese
Skinke Ost= ham cheese

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.

Tubed mackerel and tomatoes in Norway

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.

Hiking essentials in Norway

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).

Tubed caviar and others in Norway
Tubed mayonnaise in Norway
More tubes of food in Norway

Would you ever eat a food or sandwich topping that came from a tube??

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Comments (33)

I felt the exact same as you. Though I have only tried a few, I now love the Rio Mare brand of tuna pate. There is a spicy tuna one that is great with a little creamcheese on crackers. Mmmm My husband thinks it is disgusting, and if I think about it too much I’d have to agree. But I finally tried it and now I buy it every so often- when I remember. Food in a tube- still weird but not so bad. Its the food in a spray can (cheese) that still kinda grosses me out haha

I took a pic the first time I saw KAVIAR in a tube in Sweden..
it sort of made it seem WAY less fancy at that point!! :-)

Hihi that’s too funny! In Colombia, they thought that the caviar was toothpaste :p I love Magerost on tube :D

Mmm luna bar!!! I haven’t seen those in awhile! Everytime I search for bars here I find Cookie Monster cookies and somehow take one, ahh! I’m a bit skeptical about tube cheese, but only because I know I’d get addicted. Better to talk myself out of it now and say it’s gross right?

Wow…they are tube food obsessed in Norway! I saw my first tube mayo in Switzerland. It was OK, but the idea of it is kind of gross. Very convenient though for hiking and camping. I wouldn’t be up for trying too much, but the hummus in a tube idea I could get used to!

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