Introduction: Lightweight Backpacking Spice Kit

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Here I will show you how you can take all your spices with you in a lightweight and secure container to your next backpacking trip!

I have seen an instructable on this and I thought I could make it easier for you...

The same principle but the closing of the straws is with fire... That makes it faster and probably more secured.

This are waterproof and you can seal them again if you have some heat source when you are camping (like fire! match, or lighter).

have fun and enjoy it!

Step 1: What You Need:

Picture of What You Need:

1. Straws
2. Lighter
3. Container
4. Spices
5. Permanent Marker

Step 2: How to Close the Strwas With Lighter

Here is a video so you can see it better! It;s so easy!

Just don't put it into the fire... just close enough so it get's hot enough... then close them with your finger... if you are scared of doing so... get your fingers cold in the freezer then do it!

Don't burn anything!!!

Step 3: Final Product!

Picture of Final Product!

Here you go! you are now ready to go lightweight backpacking with all your spices!

Now make as many as you need!

I managed to make one with oil!!! just be careful cuz it might light up... it's quite flammable... do it over the zinc and you'll be safe!!! happy filling!!! You can put vinegar, oil, lemon, and whatever else you use or like!!!

Enjoy your meal!!

One last thing:

The easiest way to open them for use is also with a lighter... you just heat it up and it pops open!!

God bless you all!


SamuelB2 (author)2015-03-28

Great idea! You could even measure out the spice before hand if you have a specific dish that you know you are going to make. Also, if you're making something with a collection of spices, you could mix them before you leave and put them in a single straw. I wonder if it would work to put lighter fluid in one to refill a lighter just make fire starting a little easier?

penguinlady (author)2015-01-12

must show this to my vents tomorrow night. think they'll really love it!!

TheGeek1984 (author)2011-02-12

I don't know if it's been added yet, I read the first page but had to stop (migraines). Anyway, if a larger straw size is what you're looking for, Burger King has *huge* straws for their milkshakes. You might check them out.

mp44sturm (author)TheGeek19842013-08-19

A really great idea.

In addition to Burger King, another idea for big straws is to get the straws for "bubble tea", aka "boba drink" aka that drink at Asian places that have those tapioca balls at the bottom of the drink. These straws can be up to half an inch (about 13mm) in diameter. You have to be careful to not get the flimsy thin ones.

I found this:

If by chance this turns out to be a dead link, do a search on for "fat boba straws".

tomsoulm8 (author)TheGeek19842012-11-03

There are also those large pixi stix straws filled with an ungodly amount of sugar.

temp (author)2009-07-28

That's great! But i think someone already did something very similair. I also dont think "pizza"(step 1, fourth picture, third jar from the left) is a spice =D

tomsoulm8 (author)temp2012-11-03

There is actually a pizza "spice", usually referred to as seasoning. The blend is different depending on who makes it, but generally contains oregano, garlic, and thyme. I usually make my own when making homemade pizza, but you can buy the seasoning premade in the spice section of the store. Italian seasoning is a good substitute, too :)

myckro (author)temp2009-07-28

The link to the other one is there... he just made it more complicated!!! It's some Pizza condiment... LOL

flataffect (author)myckro2009-07-28

The other Ible seems to make things more complicated than the method described above. In the other you have to use tape with the straws. With this one you use a lighter, which most backpackers will keep with them anyway. One less thing to pack if you want to reseal the spices after use. A pretty good looking instructible I think, so let's lay off the sarcasm and rudeness.

temp (author)flataffect2009-07-29

I wasn't trying to be rude. I was simply pointing something out. I did not notice the link in the intro. And i dont understand where you got the sarcasm from.

myckro (author)flataffect2009-07-28

Thanx Flataffect!! don't forget to rate if you like it!!! Thank you!

mstrpete (author)2012-08-24

Very clever idea for a small-scale setup. Film canisters are awesome for larger quantites, if you can find them anymore :O If anyone needs to figure the volume of one of these, use this formula: volume equals 'pi' times the radius squared times the height. Or maybe use a medicine dropper to experiment with different amounts. Using metric would make volume conversions easier, I think. (A cc is a cc, vs. cubic inches to ounces.)

fatboy07 (author)2012-04-20

very cool! :)

TheGeek1984 (author)2011-11-16

I finally got around to making one of these, only I had too many spices in my cupboard and had to use an empty Altoids tin. I used a slightly different method to close it though. I held the end in my pliers, and then melted the protruding end. I then made a little sleeve to keep the tin from opening up in my pocket or backpack.

myckro (author)TheGeek19842012-01-31

Really nice!!! thanks for the pictures!

EmmettO (author)2010-09-26

You could squeeze the end with pliers while heating, thus avoiding burning. I carry my Leatherman everywhere so it's like a extension of me. It's helped me avoid burns many many times.

TheGeek1984 (author)EmmettO2011-11-16

That's the method I used when I finally made mine today. I'd tried before the same way the author did, but ended up burning myself and making a mess, then gave it up as a lost cause. I saw a newer 'ible where they sealed their straws by holding with pliers, then melting. That worked perfectly!

meyeco (author)2011-10-14

So, has anyone figured the volume (liquid) of the straw? If I were to use these for oil, how much oil would each straw contain -less than a tablespoon, I'd imagine, but how much? Anyone? Anyone?

saintez (author)2011-08-02

Very smart! I'm on it for the next trip. Lightweight option! Been backpacking 25 years and have never seen this or thought of it! Way to go!

zascecs (author)2010-09-09

Neat idea, although on the fourth picture, a spice is titled "Pizza"....

eranox (author)zascecs2011-07-14

Dangit, now I'm hungry. Someone needs to invent pizza-in-a-straw.

red-king (author)zascecs2010-09-09

maybe it's a mixture of spices to put in pizza sauce?

myckro (author)red-king2010-09-10

Yes, that's what it is

zascecs (author)myckro2010-09-10

Oh, neat, what spices are those?

myckro (author)zascecs2010-09-11

i thing it's oregano and some kind of pepper...

bobby0 (author)2010-09-09

I used to use the black container that the 'old style' camera films used to come in to store my spices. Anyone here remember when cameras used film?!

skylane (author)bobby02011-02-24

Remember when the film came in tiny metal containers with screw tops? I still have a few of those laying around.

panzerfaust379 (author)skylane2011-05-31

I used some to make candles with.

myckro (author)bobby02010-09-09

That was my first thought, but I couldn't find any...

panzerfaust379 (author)2011-05-31

Super idea,Gold stars for you.

whysprs (author)2011-05-21

would have never thought of this.. I have been looking for something similar.. thanx

Tushar Max (author)2011-05-17

Very cool.

devoncabear (author)2011-04-04

the tiny bottles of toboasco are also in m.r.e's

schwieb (author)2009-07-28

Oil huh? That's a new one for me using the straw spice method. I have two questions though. Is that really enough for anything? Does it leak?

myckro (author)schwieb2009-07-28

Actually it is enough for a meal, considering you are going backpacking... you could use some of those bigger straws (like the ones at MacDonald). I usually just cook for one or two, so it's enough... (maybe not the oil or sugar... but everything else is...) About leaks, not at all... that's why I show you how you can make one with oil... ;-). Give it a try and let me know! PS: the good thing is that if you take a lighter camping you don't have to use the whole thing... you can just seal it together again! Have fun!

schwieb (author)myckro2009-07-28

I burn and crimp the bottom of my spice containers, but usually use the "fold over" method for closing the top. I actually don't have much call for oil when backpacking since I typically cook with water in some way or another. Still it is a useful concept. May have to try it. Better yet, fill it with some hot sauce! Now that would be useful!

prueba1 (author)schwieb2009-07-28

Yup, hot sauce sounds good! you can prolly just get that from taco bell already sealed tho... ;-)

red-king (author)prueba12010-09-09

Tabasco bottles aren't really all that much bigger than a straw, least ways, not the original Tabasco sauce bottles...

skylane (author)red-king2011-02-24

Tobasco makes great TINY bottles, often found in bars to spice up a drink.
They aren't much more than an inch tall... original shape... just way tiny

fieldsls (author)2010-12-17

I've had good luck with the small 2"x3" ziplock type bags. You can get a package of 100 for a couple of dollars.

myckro (author)fieldsls2010-12-18

I guess, but it's not as cool!! I guess ziplock bags are a good option too...

abadfart (author)2010-12-09

phillyrocks (author)2010-11-16

This is a good idea, I should try this on my next backpacking trip.

kzierath (author)2010-10-26

This is exactly the idea I was looking for! I was going the route of 'small zip loc bags' or 'travel pill bottles', but this is PERFECT!

Thank you for posting this!

Happy Trails!

ann31039 (author)2010-10-10

if you know a diabetic, the little ccontainer that there testing strips are in seal very tight and are great for all sorts of stuff that need to be dry and not leak

rasta_bhoy (author)2010-09-18

maybe if you're at home you could use one of those plastic heat sealers :)
since they're already made for food products anyways why not use that?
although the chemical structure of the plastic in the straws might be a little different from packaging plastic, so for health questions about that, i dont think i could answer.

great instructable btw!

tim13211 (author)2010-09-13

Wow, I never thought of this. I do a lot of backpacking and this would be great! Good job!

nickodemus (author)2010-09-12

Nice idea! I can see some other applications for the straws...

myckro (author)nickodemus2010-09-13

Sweet... Make an instructable and share the link!!!

CaptInsane (author)2010-09-10

Isn't there some kind of risk about toxic chemicals from melting the straws getting into the spices, not to mention inhaling them while melting?

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