That lunchbox sounds neat

Maybe I’ll have to look around for one if the kids get tired of the stuff we normally pack. I don’t seem to get a lot of complaints. Older DS buys, DD either takes ham and cheese or cold pizza (if we have any), and younger DS either takes turkey and cheese or he likes the canned spaghettis (40 cents a can at the salvage store for the ones with meatballs) and I put those in the thermos cups and he says they’re hot enough for him at lunch. DD has taken leftover chili and I put it in the thermos cup and she says it’s still warm at lunch so that works for us. Oh well I guess I’ll see what this year brings. I’m sure something new ! LOL

Do the lost lunchboxes ever turn up Daryl ? I can’t say we’ve ever lost one for real. Younger DS has left his at school a few times but it’s always there the next day. That would get expensive replacing lunchboxes like that. I found a nice canvas type (?) lunch box for younger DS at Costco 2 years ago and it seems to be holding up great. This will be the 3rd year for it. This is the longest we’ve had a lunchbox last. The plastic/vinyl type only last a year if we’re lucky.

My oldest 2 are forever losing lunch boxes and bags so I send paper ones now. It seems like such a waste but losing the other is much more expensive. They also lose thermoses so i can’t save as much and give as much variety as I would like. I “accidentally” came up with an idea for keeping the hot foods hot longer when I stored a smaller insulated zip-up lunch tote inside another. It seemed to make sense to just keep them together and put the hot food inside and double “bag”, so to speak. I think a microwaveable hot pack would also keep the food even better. Where would one find those? I never thought about getting one, so I’ve never looked.

Most of the time the lunch boxes do eventually come back. The plastic juice boxes are another story. I have learned to write my son’s name on them with paint pens. I think he is a little embarrassed but he gets over it. The hot pack came with the lunch box but I am going to buy a few more while all of the back to school stuff is available.

With all the talk of school lunches

With all the talk of school lunches I sat down and talked to ds11 to think about lunches. He likes leftovers and “hot” food. Last year I bought the old food thermos’s mentioned in the TW gazette but the food got cold. We also tried the thermos that came in the lunchbox which was colder.

There is no microwave available.

What do you all use or suggest?

The middle school lunch is $1.50 from the cafeteria or more from the fast foodcarts the bring in (Arby’s, Pizza Hut). I think I can make him a lunch for less but he eats a lot also so I think pasta’s and such would fill him up.

Also, Savalot has a 10pk of frozen burritos for $2 something any ideas how to keep them warm?

Thanks for all the ideas. I was not filling the jars with hot water and my dh pointed out to me that they were cold food jars,They have liquid in the lid to freeze. oops!-LOL!!!

I am however going to go to WalMart and buy a Real thermos for my ds. My dh found a stainless steel one he got for being his brother best man and we tried it this am and the food is still warm. Now hubby wants to use it too. Hey this might turn him around and stop buying his daily burrito from the lunch truck.

We are in a similar situation

We are in a similar situation, but ds, 11, does not have the option of buying a lunch at his school. Therefore, he brings lunch everyday. This is what we started doing the end of last school year (and will resume again tomorrow!).

We bought a thermos for each of the boys. In the morning, they cook up what they want to bring. In the meantime, they put hot water in the thermos, per the directions that came with it. This heats the thermos up. They then put the food in the thermos just from being cooked. Example: they like tortellini. They boil the tortellini and put it straight in the thermos after they drain it. The thermos is already heated up from the hot water and the food is VERY hot when they put it in.

I don’t know exactly how hot it actually was at lunch (usually cooked about 7 or 7:15 and lunch at 12), but they kept doing it, even ds13 at the time (who is VERY, shall we say, discriminating). When ds11 and I were coming up with lunch ideas for this week, 4 out of 5 require the thermos, so it must work pretty well! Good luck and please share any other ideas you may get – we are always looking for something different to try!

Barb in Central Florida.
“If you can’t find me, I’m either in the car or at the hockey rink!”

Which type of thermos cups were you using Sharla ? I have short thermos type cups that have a screw on lid. I have sent leftovers in them and my kids say they are still fairly warm for lunch. I put boiling water in them in the morning and let them sit while I heat up whatever they are taking. I heat the food up really really hot and then dump the boiling water out and put the food in. This seems to work.

As far as something like a burrito or hot pocket I have heard of hot packs for lunch boxes now. I’m not sure how that would work if you also needed to keep other items cold. I haven’t used this type of thing. Our intermediate and high school lunches are either $1.50 or $2.25 (for double entree or another larger lunch). One complaint I have is that even the larger lunches (our 17 year old son buys these) still only included an 8 oz. drink.

That is not enough drink for a large lunch. Another complaint I have is the elementary lunch is not enough food for bigger kids. My 11 year old will be in his last year of elementary school this year and he packed last year for this reason. I think the lunch guidelines need to be upgraded for older kids.

I came in at the tail end of this conversation, so forgive me if I’m repeating. Dh is in construction. After breaking a few glass thermoses I had to admit they were not a viable alternative. Stomping my feet all the way to the register, I bought one of the expensive steel thermoses (I think they run about $30).

In all honesty, last winter he complained that at lunch time his soup was too hot. The one problem I could forsee is that it has a narrow opening.

And I don’t know if they make them wider. Good luck. It was a good investment for us.

I would love it if the thermos ever came back home again! I have stopped buying the fancy little lunch boxes, they never make it back home. I use good old brown paper sacks. I went to a restaurant supply store and got little cups with lids for things like jello and pudding cups, cups of diced fruit, dip, etc. They work well. Although if making jello make the jigglers recipe and put in the cup. Regular jello melts and gets all over.