Food

Lunchpiration: Tools of the Trade

Hello everyone!

Today’s lunchpiration post is going to bit a little different because last week was SPRING BREAK!!!! Woohoo!  Of course, up here in Eastern Canada, it didn’t feel very “springy” at all (*ahem*ahem* -25C with windchill *brrrrr*), but it’s a step in the right direction!!!!

Since my lovely kindergartener didn’t have any school, I only had my husband’s lunch to pack so I was actually out of the kitchen a bit faster than usual (not that it bothers me to be there, I actually like packing lunches and I think the kitchen is probably my favourite place in the house to be in).

Anyway, I thought that now would be an awesome moment to share with you the things I use most when I packing Charles’ lunches.

Lunch container: The 6 compartment Yumbox

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Why I love it:

  • it is pretty much 100% leakproof.  The only things that could cause problems would be very thin liquids like oil or juice or something like that.  We’ve not had any problems with any of the things that have been in the lunchbox though.
  • The removable tray makes it easily washable.  Can it be put in the dishwasher?  The exterior shell is top rack safe, but the removable tray isn’t so we just wash the whole thing by hand.
  • Speaking of the removable tray, I love all of the compartments (there are 3, 4, 5 compartment Yumboxes too) and the portion suggestions are nice.  I usually try to follow what’s written for each compartment (because I like to follow the “rules”), but I’m getting better at being more flexible about what I put in it lol.
  • It’s small enough that it will easily fit in a standard lunchbox and big enough to contain a sufficient amount of food for my son.  I reckon it’ll contain an appropriate amount of food for him until the end of grade 1.

Lunch container: 10oz. Thermos Funtainer

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Why I love it:

  • It allows my son to have a hot lunch without needing to use a microwave oven (not that he’d be able to anyways).
  • It allows me to cut down on lunch-packing prep time by giving me the option to send some leftovers to school for lunch.
  • It is roomy enough to allow for a filling lunch and the container is small enough that it fits nicely in a standard-sized lunchbox.
  • It is leakproof
  • It really does well in keeping Charles’ meal hot until his lunch period.

Snack container: 1/2 cup canning jar

img_9782Why I love it:

  • It’s the perfect size for a snack
  • Because it’s transparent, it’s easy to see what’s inside.
  • It’s leakproof
  • It’s inexpensive and can be used for other things around the house.
  • It keeps in line with our zero-waste efforts.

Snack bag: Bumkins washable snack bag

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Why I love it:

  • It’s the perfect size for a snack (and the same size as a Ziploc brand snack bag).
  • It’s easily washable (we just wipe it down with fresh dishwater, rinse and let dry overnight).
  • There are a plethora of cute designs to choose from.
  • The zipper closure makes it easy to open and close and more discrete than a snap button or velcro closure.
  • It keeps in line with our zero-waste efforts
  • It takes up very little storage room

Cutting tool: a guillotine-style ripple cutter

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Why I love it:

  • It takes up very little storage space
  • It allows to cut small quantities into ripple cuts (making the actual food look funner)
  • It’s quick and easy to wash (as opposed to my mandolin cutter which is equally practical, but for bigger jobs)
  • It’s dishwasher safe (oh yeah!)

Cutting tool: set of 12 small vegetable cutters

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Why I love these:

  • They’re nice and tall which allows me to cut thicker chunks of food.
  • They make lunches more interesting
  • They were a relatively inexpensive purchase (about 20$ CAD from memory)
  • They can be used for cutting things other than veggies (duh!).  Cheese, fruits, some cold cuts, bread, cookies (and goldfish type crackers) are all things that I’ve used these on.

And there you have it!  Next week, we’re going back to our regular lunchpiration posts.

Has Spring arrived where you live?

What are some of the things that you consistently use when packing lunches?

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