Goodies & Gadgets: Lunch Containers to Love
A great lunch container can turn a frustrating daily chore into, well, a less-frustrating chore with occasional bouts of happiness. For those lunch-packing moments of joy, consider these online sources for containers.
The Container Store – Everything from simple containers and divided lunchboxes to salad bowls with built-in containers for dressing. I especially like the Klip-It Lunch Cube ($4.99), which has two layers with dividers, and an easy-to-open clip-on top (essential in an understaffed cafeteria). www.containerstore.com.
J-box – Tempted by the bento scene? Even if you’re not up for elevating school lunch into an art form, Japanese bento boxes may inspire your lunch-packing ritual. This Japanese Web site has a wide range of bento boxes for kids, many of them with matching cup, chopsticks and a cute cloth bag to hold it all together. I like the DX Putifresh Muscat Box ($16.50). www.jbox.com.
Laptop Lunches – This colorful, BPA-free lunchbox is based on the bento idea – and on the realization that many parents say the worst part about packing lunches is searching for lids. There are only two lids for the whole system, and one of them is for a mini-salad dressing container. Each Laptop Lunch ($19.95) comes with a cookbook filled with lunch ideas. For more colors and more lunch ideas, go to www.laptoplunches.com.
Sigg Aluminum Box – These compact, pretty boxes have snap-locks, a rubber seal and a cool metallic look. What they don’t have are dividers to make packing different items easier. But if you’re trying to cut back on plastics, the Aluminum Box ($23.95 for small size) is a great choice. www.reusablebags.com.
Angelin Home – The tiffin lunchbox, a round metal container with a snap-lock, has been used for years in India and other parts of the world to bring a homemade lunch to work or school. Angelin Home offers a mini version ($7.95) that could be just right for a small child’s lunch. Larger sizes are also available. www.angelinhome.com.
Larissa Phillips is a cooking instructor and food writer for Parenthood.com. Email her at FeedingYourFamily@Parenthood.com. Check out Larissa’s blog Mothership Meals & Satellite Saucers and discover how to get through dinner without having a breakdown!
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