LunchBots Thermal Insulated Food Container Review
Posted on 20 June 2015 by Henry Engeln
In all honesty, I have had a few different types of wide mouth-thermoses over the years, however, the LunchBots Thermal Insulated Food Container 500mL is one of the few that I have come across that has made use of intelligent design principles to create a food container that is both functional and toxin-free.
Most of us have read about the potential toxic effects of bisphenol-A and phthalates in plastic baby bottles in the media these last few years, but it is not until you stop and think about the amount of plastic containers that we use for hot cooked food in the family household that we begin to realise how many of us are exposing our family and ourselves to potentially toxic substances through incorrect storage of hot cooked foods.
So, when looking for the safest material for storing hot winter foods (especially to take to work for lunch), stainless steel cannot be overlooked. Stainless steel is naturally antimicrobial and non-reactive, so there is no chance of contamination with the container leaching chemicals into your food, it is also reasonably lightweight and fairly robust, so it is safe to throw into a kids backpack without fear of breakage.
LunchBots Thermal Insulated Food Containers are perfect for taking your winter leftovers, stews, soups or cooked foods to work. This particular food container holds around 500mL of goodness and will keep your food warm for approximately 4- 5 hours. The wide mouth and shallow base of this food container means it makes a suitable bowl to eat your meal straight from – no struggling to reach the bottom of the container to get that last morsel of food out.
One of the best ways that I have found to extend the insulating capacity of my LunchBots Insulated Food Container is to pre-warm the container with some hot water. I keep the hot water in the container for a few minutes, just to pre-warm before I pop in my hot food. Just inside the rim of the lid this LunchBots container has a little silicone seal – this seal enables the container to remain leak-proof and creates a firm seal for the contents of your container. One thing that should be noted about this seal is that you shouldn’t over tighten the lid; only firm pressure is required to ensure that your food is secure inside. Another good thing to remember is to not to fill up your container above the internal ridge where the lid comes into contact with the sides. The silicone seal in the lid is removable and quite easy to wash too.
The only materials of the LunchBots Insulated Thermal Stainless Steel container that are contact with your food are the stainless steel and the silicone seal on the lid. So this makes the internal components of this container totally plastic free and non-toxic. The outside of the lid and the base of this container is re-enforced with polypropylene plastic, this kind of plastic is used in many food applications and considered to be one of the safer plastics to use.
About the Author
Henry is our technical specialist at Sundala Health, when he is not fixing the internet or playing with his collection of wires, you can find him in his garden, mattock in hand ready to plant some native shrubs, koala friendly trees or preparing his veggie garden for a new crop of food plants. Henry also has a keen eye for good men's skin care products and has discerning taste when is comes to natural and organic skin care and hair care products, so his honest reports on our latest products are always highly valued.
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