Why I Love Little Jugs

Day 8. Zero People.

Day 8. Zero People.

NE MT. HOOD SITE #2—I’ve been putting in a good 6–12 solid hours a day coding for the last few days. Sounds miserable, but I’ve been enjoying it. I’m writing all the code from scratch and—as any programmer will tell you—that’s always much more fun than bending and tweaking and hacking at someone else’s crappy code.

Suck a geek, I know.

But after awhile—sitting in your van, all by your lonesome—you start to feel the need for some company, a need to satisfy something a little more primal, which brings me to the title of this post.

I. Like. Little. Jugs.

And if you live the nomad life, you should like little jugs too. Not big jugs, big jugs are way too ungainly for a true nomad. You want a set of little jugs. The kind that will fit easily in the palm of your hand.

Why you may ask?

Well, as it just so happens, while I was down in Hood River yesterday experiencing the flavors and scents and sights and sounds of civilization, just as I was finishing up lunch and getting ready to head back up the mountain where the temperatures are cooler, I saw this article on LifeHacker about storing your eggs and that got me thinking about, well, you know, and I just had to stop what I was doing and go out and find me a nice little pair of jugs. Shouldn’t be too hard. I’ve got skills and I’m an old hand at these things.

Now how did my mind go from eggs storage to the the image of a nice set of jugs?

Simple. You see I’m talking about tupperware jugs you dirty minded bastard. And eggs. Chicken eggs. Chicken eggs and tupperware jugs. Sheez.

Crack your eggs, drop them in a little tupperware jug, and shake them up. A one liter jug will hold at least 18 eggs. I know this for a fact because I had just bought 18 eggs at the Safeway and as any nomad will tell you, eggs are a bear to store in our little refrigerators. Furthermore, no matter how you try—laying the cartons flat or standing them on end or sticking them in those little plastic egg holders (don’t get me started)—at least one out of every dozen will crack and make a mess of your refrigerator when you live in a home that experiences the equivalent of a major earthquake on a regular basis.

Plus a single little one liter jug takes up less than half the room of two egg cartons. Sweet.

Little jugs. Get two so you can rotate them and keep them clean.

We now return to our regularly scheduled program(ing).

Little Jug. Lots of Eggs.

Little Jug. Lots of Eggs.

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4 thoughts on “Why I Love Little Jugs

  1. Hello Wayne… I was not aware that you could crack eggs and store them in a jug/jar. Once exposed to the air and assuming they are kept refrigerated, how long will they safely keep in there? Thanks…

    • Good question. Being both a bachelor and one who lives as if he lives forever (a Soul), things like food safety rarely enter my mind. Still, USDA recommends 2-4 days, which, if my translations skills are correct, means about a week.

      Frozen though, they can last up to a year, so if you have a freezer in your rig also (I do), then simply keeping a few days supply in the fridge should still make this a practical solution.

      I’ll sniff the eggs each morning before cooking them and post here if/when they go bad.

    • Update: I have found my eggs to easily last a week refrigerated, so what I do is keep a weeks worth in one jug in the refrigerator, and another weeks worth in the freezer.

  2. Haha, small jugs are good.

    I wonder how long they’d last in an air tight sealed jug. A backpack doesnt have room for a firdge.

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