Brown bag lunches are bet­ter

Cecil Whig - - COMICS & PUZZLES -

IN­VEST IN A GOOD LUNCH CON­TAINER. For me, a true brown bag is too flimsy. I want a lunch bag that is in­su­lated, sturdy, leakproof and as at­trac­tive as pos­si­ble. The Fred­die and Seb­bie Lunch Bag is prac­ti­cal and cute. Made of neo­prene, it is in­su­lated, has a zip­per and is as prac­ti­cal as it is fun to carry. It also comes in a va­ri­ety of colors. For a fam­ily-size lunch, I have a large in­su­lated cooler bag that meets the same cri­te­ria. The Ever­est Cooler/Lunch Bag is a more mas­cu­line, but equally prac­ti­cal op­tion. The true test of a good lunch con­tainer is how of­ten it is used.

USE BENTO BOXES. These are por­ta­ble food boxes with com­part­ments that fit in­side the lunch box. The best Bento boxes, in my opin­ion, have tight-fit­ting lids. I use a set of Happy Lunch­boxes 4-Com­part­ment Leakproof Bento Lunch Box con­tain­ers. I find my­self us­ing them to store left­overs as well as my lunch. While it’s not com­pletely leakproof (I wouldn’t fill a con­tainer with milk, for ex­am­ple) they are leak-re­sis­tant and keep lunch items fresh and tasty.

PACK HEAT. Not that kind of heat — I’m talk­ing about tak­ing a hot lunch to work or school in a wide-mouthed ther­mos. You can fill it with soup or any hot food you can fit, and it will stay hot for at least five hours. It can also keep food cold. The Ther­mos Stain­less Steel King Food Jar has a 16-ounce ca­pac­ity and is very well-in­su­lated. You don’t have to worry about the thing break­ing like those old glass-lined ther­moses you may re­mem­ber. The wide mouth makes this ther­mos easy to fill, and the ex­tra-large lid dou­bles as a serv­ing bowl. And sur­prise! There’s a handy fold-up spoon tucked into the lid. Of course there are many ther­moses to choose from. I just men­tion this one be­cause it is well-priced and prac­ti­cal in ev­ery way.

MARY HUNT

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