I have been packing school lunches for a lot of years. At some point I will put together a list of lunch ideas that are not pinterest pretty, but full of nutrition that will keep your kids fueled until they get home. Today is about our lunch containers. For many years, I used the dollar bin sandwich containers with baggies for the lunch extras. I am working to become more earth friendly and usually looking for the most economical option. So, I went on a hunt for some type of bento style lunch boxes. The issue I found was that many had compartments that were so tiny a whole sandwich doesn’t fit. I am beyond the years of sandwich cut-outs. My kids are hungry at lunchtime and we eat the crust at our house.
Being the avid couch shopper that I am, I came across this style on amazon. *This post contains amazon affiliate links which means that if you choose to purchase through these links, Tried and True Mom Reviews will earn a small commission off that sale. This comes at no additional cost to the purchaser.
The first set I purchased worked well. It had only come with 5 containers, though, and inevitably someone didn’t empty their lunch box after school and then in the morning, they had a dirty container. I made them wash it and use it, but really, morning minutes are precious and these are not overly expensive. So, I ordered another set that looked the same to remedy this issue.
First world problem here, but the second containers weren’t exactly the same shape, so lids didn’t fit both sets and they wouldn’t stack with the first set. I made them work, because I am stubborn and cheap, but then the lids started breaking on the second set that I had ordered. The first seller I had ordered from wasn’t selling anymore and I didn’t want to order another set that wasn’t compatible, so I threw away the broken set and donated the functional first set to someone who was looking for something similar. Then, I ordered two sets from the same well reviewed seller here.
My kids get two store bought cookies in their lunch as a consolation prize for the fact that I won’t buy them lunchables. Insert laughing emoji here. Poor kids…not really. Some days the kids pack their own lunches and other days are Mondays when everyone is moving slow, so my youngest three got lucky and I packed for them. I love that cookies fit easily in the small spot. I can load up the second spot with carrot sticks (every day) and whatever fruit they want. Today these three wanted cuties and a two of them got blueberries too. Then, the sandwich fits perfectly. The lids are easy to close and easy to open. The containers slide into their lunchboxes with room for a juicebox to fit along the side. Their lunch bags get zipped up and tucked into their backpacks.
The kids are responsible for putting their dirty containers in the sink or into the dishwasher after school. Yup. These are dishwasher safe. I do put them on the top rack. Occasionally, one will come out a little bent, but the lids will still snap back on and straighten them up. There you have it. These containers are fabulous. Reusable, easy to use, dishwasher safe, and they stack well for simple storage. They are at a price point, that when they need replaced, it doesn’t break the bank. I hope they can simplify part life for you like they have for me!