This post features an early version of what is now known as SqueeZurts: The ORIGINAL Reusable, Refillable Squeeze Snack Tubes! Want to make your own yogurt tubes at home? Go ahead! With SqueeZurts you can reuse and refill tubes over and over with your favorite snacks: yogurt, applesauce, purees, smoothies...your imagination is the limit! Save money, improve your nutrition, help the earth, and have fun at the same time!
Go to www.SqueeZurts.com to learn more and to purchase!
***UPDATE--Please see the FAQ section at the bottom of the post!***
As the school year was approaching, I found myself thinking a lot about what to send with my daughter for lunch. I believe in balanced meals, home cooking, and variety. But when it comes to school lunch, I can't exactly send her with a homecooked meal that she'd have to warm up. Since she is lactose intolerant and doesn't drink milk, I really wanted her to get her dairy in at lunch thru cheese and yogurts. But I really don't like buying those individual packs of yogurt or Gogurts because of their high fructose corn syrup and dyes. It defeats the nutritious value of yogurt, in my opinion.
This led me to search for an alternative way to send her to school with yogurt, particularly a Gogurt type, that I flavored myself. I love to buy plain non-fat yogurt, flavor it with vanilla, some powdered sugar or honey, and pureed fruit (strawberry, blueberry, mixed berry, strawberry mango...the possibilities are endless). The wheels in my head started turning...
...And one night, I figured out how to make a reusable, refillable, washable yogurt squeeze tube, just like a Gogurt. I love it!
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Now, I can pop one in the freezer the night before and then toss it in my daughter's lunch box. By lunch time, it is still semi-frozen and she loves it!
Oh, and besides saving the planet and improving your kids' nutrition, you can also save a ton of money. A set of six of these tubes costs just $13.50. One carton of generic plain yogurt at the store costs about 1.50. It has 64 Tbs of yogurt. Add 1/2 cup of fruit and you now have 72 Tbs to fill your tubes with. So, initially, for $15, you can get as many as 36 tubes of yogurt. And that's if you only used one carton of yogurt. The next time you go to fill them, the cost is really only $1.50 for 36 tubes. Not bad.
Want some of your own? Order them at SqueeZurts.com!
I've received a few questions about these tubes and I'll try to answer them here.
Q: How do you fill them?
A: With a squeeze bottle! Order a Starter Kit and it comes with 6 tubes, a squeeze bottle, twist ties, and sleeves to protect from cold!
Q: Is it hard to fill them?
A: No, it is SO simple. Just fill the squeeze bottle and squeeze the food into the tube so the tube is filled 2/3 of the way, leaving enough room to roll and tie off.
Q: How do you close them?
A: With a plain ol' twist tie. You just lay the twist tie along the open end, roll down a few times, then fold the ends of the twist tie to the back of the tube, twist together, and you're done.
Q: I don't have any twist ties. Do the tubes come with them?
A: Yes! Each set of 6 tubes comes with 20 twist ties. Each twist tie can be used several times. If you run out, all boxes of storage bags at the grocery store that are not zip tops come with twist ties.
Let me know if you have any other questions!