Preparing school lunches: keeping the food hot

Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch JarA few weeks ago, my daughter asked me if there was a way that I could occasionally include hot meals in her school lunch. The students, at her Lutheran school, can’t use the microwaves at school.

She likes the homemade lunches that I prepare for her;  salads, homemade dips, the occasional homemade deli sandwich, homemade baked goods, freshly made juices, and fruit/veggie smoothies. It’s quite a list of what might end up in her school lunch bag, but they’re definitely not hot. My daughter receives a lot of delicious home cooked hot meals at the house. I know she’s missing that.

Bento-Diagram_I did some research and I believe I’ve finally found the solution for sending my daughter to school with hot lunches. The Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Steel Lunch Jar. It’s vacuum insulated and made of stainless steel. I love the fact that the food stays hot for up to six hours.

It comes with a bag, but I know my daughter won’t be thrilled by a plain black lunch bag and so I’ll be designing and sewing one for her. I must say, that I’m really pleased with the reviews I’ve read about this product and I am looking forward to sending her to school with hot lunches.

I don’t mind doing extra things for my daughter. She’s worth the time and effort.

Edited to add:

I decided to include a Youtube video of someone preparing a hot school lunch with a Zojirushi Stainless Steel Lunch Jar.


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Ahhhh!!!! That’s nice. We do have those insulated containers here too but unfortunately, they do not keep things warm for very long but good enough for a few hours. These look very nice – love the layers like our traditional tiffin carriers, can bring along a lot of things without getting them all mixed up.
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I remember the old school thermos(es) we used to have growing up but I really don’t think they did the job they just looked cool! LOL

Your last two blog posts have been wonderful to touch on this potential problem of School (and Office) lunches 🙂

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I guess I just remember some of those Lunch Box Designs – moreso than the thermos(es)

I remember my Strawberry Shortcake one…as well as a Rainbow Bright one!
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