Food container question for school lunch

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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

On Aug 9, 2007

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.

On Aug 9, 2007

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.

On Aug 9, 2007

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

Jan

On Aug 9, 2007

Here is DD's list of favorites

Beanie Weenie/baked beans Mac & Cheese leftover pasta and meat sauce Stew Hot dog (pack bun separately) Spagettios Ravioli Split pea soup

On Aug 10, 2007

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.

On Aug 10, 2007

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.

On Aug 10, 2007

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

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