One question we often hear from parents is how to send a hot lunch at school as most schools don’t provide reheating options. We already discussed and covered these topics on social media, but we thought that you would enjoy a guide on the different options available to find the one that would best fit your needs and your kids’ ages. Make sure to check also our real-life and easy tricks for packing hot school lunches and keeping them warm until lunchtime.
1- The popular food jar
The pro: families like them because they keep food warm for several hours, and you can find them everywhere, in different sizes. Some brands also offer cute and practical designs that make them fun and easy for small kids to handle. Great containers for soups, no doubt.
The cons: the sizes available can be limited depending on the brands. Eating in a tube is not appealing to all kids.
2- The challengers
They are not well known, but some brands have worked on great alternatives to the food jar to favor the bento box presentation of the food. You can find here several thermal bowl options, including the innovative OmieBox.
The pro: they are the only options to serve hot food like you would do it at home, on a tray or a plate.
The cons: less kid-friendly options. The cost is often higher than a jar.
Our Favorite Insulated Bento
What we like about it: a 24 Oz insulated bowl, large enough for bigger kids and good eaters. So many cute designs to pick from!
3- The classic glassware
If parents often tend to dismiss this option at first, especially for small kids, the glass containers are often the safest and most eco-friendly alternative when kids get access to a reheating option.
The pro: durable. Brands proposed sturdy containers hard to break. A size for every age. A perfect option when a microwave is available.
The cons: glass is heavier. Request the use of a microwave to reheat the food.
4- The Innovative Insulated Sleeves by Warmables
Warmables food warmer sleeves fit with most regular food storage containers. Not having to buy and store new lunch box containers to send warm food to school is a plus. And this solution works as well for the kids’ school lunches or the adults’ lunches!
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Warmables food warmer sleeves could be a real game changer in simplifying how to keep food warm until lunchtime without the use of a thermos! Read 3 things we like about it.
More brands are working on electrical and connected lunch boxes also, and we are keeping an eye on these smart lunch boxes until we spot a kid-friendly option. Meanwhile, you can find hot lunch ideas on Teuko, as well as all the favorite accessories of the Teuko Community in our Teuko Store on Amazon.
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