2011 Lunch Box Under Construction

A friend, I mean a real non-internet friend who I actually hang out with and talk about everything other than kids and eating, just asked me what the heck to buy for lunch boxes this year. I’ve been wondering lately too. The clock is ticking and school’s gonna be here before we know it.

First off, I’ve been thinking seriously of buying these cute little eco lunch boxes ever since I saw them mentioned on Burwell General Store.

But I think I’m going to take a leap and get this little jobbie instead. I’ve always wanted one of these. And as long as my kid doesn’t kick it across the playground after lunch, it should last forever! My practical side likes this one because it’ll be easy to clean and has a handle. At Amazon the price is $24.99.

And if all you’re looking for are containers these boxes from Lunch Bots look perfect. I might actually pick up some of these once my cheapo Ikea tupperware gives out, which should be any day now.


I have to admit, that I do have a couple of these dip containers still kicking around from last year. The kids love apples and carmel or carrots with yogurt dip. So I’m sure they’ll be pulled into service again. A good tip is to freeze any dip that may spoil in the inner well overnight and then pop the rest of the snack in in the morning. I usually see these at the grocery store or Target this time of year.

As you can tell, I’m trying to be done with plastic as much as I can. I deeply hate cleaning out the creases in insulted lunch boxes after all sorts of juices and food bits have been stewing in there all day. My kids’ food may stay cooler in an insulated lunch box, but its also living in close quarters with giant germ colonies. I’m psyched to give stainless steel a try this year.

BTW, Amazon isn’t giving me any kick backs for any of these links. It’s just the easiest place I’ve found to buy all this stuff. Let me know in the comments below if you’ve used anything like these products and what you thought. Or add a mention of your own lunch box favorite. Educate me!


Latest Favorite Kitchen Tools

Here are some tools we are digging these days:

Egg Beater!
It just occured to me that our lives were not complete until we had one of these. When I showed it to my husband he said, “Oh yeah, that was always my job as a kid”. No matter how hard I try, it seems to be too early to teach my kids how to whisk properly; something about that tricky movement of the wrist. Problem solved.

Rainbow Whisk!
I bought this on a whim a while ago and it has proven itself to be a star player in all our baking. We use it exclusively to mix up dry ingredients, but my preschooler just looooves it. It starts all our baking off on a very happy note.

Rolling Pin Bands.
This one is for me more than the kids. These bands allow me to freak out a little bit less about the uneven pressure my kids exert with the rolling pin. The sizes include 1/16″, 1/8″, 1/4″, and 1/2″.