Zojirushi's Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar:
(photo from www.cookware.com)
We often have to take food to work with us and this looked like the perfect thing to use, especially with the bag that comes with it. It has both a handle and a shoulder strap. It's very Japanese, in that the containers are all quite small, but we were able to fit my food into the large container and S's into two of the smaller containers. And of course, our dessert fit into the tiniest container!
All of the containers stack perfectly one on top of the other and are BPA-free (yes, I emailed Zojirushi directly to ask). They are also microwaveable, although I don't usually have access to a microwave at work, so I haven't tested that out. The bottom two containers are supposed to keep your food either hot or cold (but not both). My potato salad was still quite cold by the time I ate it, around 3 1/2 hours later. The bottom container is supposed to be for soup, but I just put more potato salad in it. We don't eat a ton for lunch, but I suppose this would be better suited for one person. Maybe down the line I'll get another! I was able to put a little apple on top of the whole container in the bag and close it up. It also comes with a spork (not plastic!). I just added another fork of my own, as there's still room around the edges of the container inside the bag. And all around the bag, on the outside, there's a pocket (though you can't close the pocket). I put a bunch of little salt packets in there (S loves salt). You can pack some napkins in there too. And the containers were super easy to clean by hand. They are NOT dishwasher safe.
So I love this thing! But I think maybe I need my own :) Well we do have another lunchbag we can use, if we need more space, I suppose. Zojirushi is an awesome brand and they offer a few other kinds of these lunchboxes. So go check out CSN's cookware site, as they have them all. And ordering there is really easy too. Lots of their items come with free shipping and it's very fast! Go get your Mr. Bento :)
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