Food container question for school lunch

Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2007 - 9:31pm
seanmn's picture
Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

I just got my ds a couple of the Thermos FUNtainer containers to put hot lunch in for him. My question is, how long can these safely stay in his lunchbox until it's time to eat them. Also, how long will the lunch stay hot?

I plan to practice putting hot stuff in it, leaving it out, and seeing how long it stays hot. I have never sent him with anything hot before and he is very excited with the idea.

Thanks! Jan

Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2007 - 9:56pm
BaileyB's picture
Joined: 07/13/2004 - 09:00

Before filling with hot food, put hot water in the Thermos for a few minutes. Pour out water and put in the hot food. This helps it stay hot/warm longer.

Posted on: Wed, 08/08/2007 - 10:42pm
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

I would pack up my DD's Thermos at about 6:50 a.m., and she'd eat lunch around 11:45. At the beginning of the year, she had a couple of lukewarm things, and I was afraid she was going to get terrible food poisoning. But I learned how to keep it hot. The container needs to be pretty full, even if she isn't going to eat that much. If you want to send a hot dog, fill the space with the cooking water. The food should be very hot. Like Bailey said, fill the Thermos with hot water and let it stand right before filling it with the food. And don't put it into a lunchbox that has cold stuff in it. I put her Thermos into an insulated bag and the rest of her lunch in her lunchbox.

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2007 - 6:19am
seanmn's picture
Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

Great ideas, thanks! What are some of the typical things you send for lunch in one? Just trying to get some ideas.

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2007 - 6:31am
Momcat's picture
Joined: 03/15/2005 - 09:00

Here is DD's list of favorites
Beanie Weenie/baked beans
Mac & Cheese
leftover pasta and meat sauce
Hot dog (pack bun separately)
Split pea soup

Posted on: Thu, 08/09/2007 - 9:57pm
seanmn's picture
Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

Has anyone ever done eggs? My ds loves eggs and I think it would be a treat for him to eat them at lunch. I am a little worried about food poisoning though.

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 12:43am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

I haven't. I've found that things with a little liquid/sauce work better, like spaghetti, ravioli, and soup. I do send taco meat and refried beans, though, which works if I fill the container. DD has 2 containers, one which is normal Thermos-shaped (tall cylinder), and one which is like a bowl with a lid.

Posted on: Fri, 08/10/2007 - 1:23am
seanmn's picture
Joined: 10/01/2003 - 09:00

Taco's-great idea! He loves taco's more than eggs. He is very excited about this idea. Thanks!

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