With winter making it's presence known, our girls have been asking for soup in their lunchboxes lately. Willing to indulge this request I set about finding a suitable vessel to contain the warming, liquid goodness.
After a failed attempt with a plastic, tiffin style food carrier that could neither be opened (by my daughters or their teacher!), and which also left the food stone cold...not even the slightest bit lukewarm, I have found the perfect carrier. A Thermos brand stainless steel, vacuum insulated food transporter.
It keeps soup SO hot that little mouths have to blow on it to cool it down! It doesn't leak! It can be opened easily by small hands, AND it is easily cleaned, accommodating my adult sized hand.
Daughter #3 has been using hers for a couple of weeks, enjoying all manner of hot delights. The other two daughters, opting for a skinnier version were somewhat limited in their options...to pretty much soup. Daughter #1 had the bright idea of taking a sausage roll one day, but indeed could not get the tasty morsel out of the narrow necked opening on her vessel. She went without lunch that day.
Seeing how much they embraced the whole Lunchbox Thermos Revolution, I decided to put the two older girls out of their misery today and get them each a wide mouth thermos. ($23au).
The opening is large enough for any number of foods to enter and exit and the cup on top doubles up as a bowl. The capacity of the thermos is 750ml.
I'm excited! The food options are plentiful, and I'm thinking we can include but are not limited to:
-sausage or vegetable rolls
-soups (a whole other chapter here!)
-warm milo or hot chocolate
-pasta (penne, macaroni, etc with sauces) and ravioli, which brings me to my next purchase.
A ravioli pressing device ($27au on sale, reg $39au).
This will make homemade ravioli SO much more time efficient! This little baby whips out 36 small squares in one hit, and is the same width as a sheet of pasta that is rolled out of a pasta machine. Of course, other shapes were available, but the squares are just so traditional, right?
I'm really looking forward to coming up with new ideas for their school lunches with our new carriers. And so are my girls! If you have an idea for something not listed, I would love to hear, it could be our next favourite thermos lunch!