Tips for Packing Hot Lunches
Tips for Packing Hot Lunches. I try to pack a Hot Lunch for my son at least once a week. Just because you are packing doesn’t mean it has been too cold. When packing hot lunches including foods like soups, pasta, corn dogs, chicken nuggets or even a pizza pocket you should always pre-heat a thermos.
To pre-heat simply fill it with boiling water. Use a hot pot, microwave or stove-top to boil your water then pour inside the container. Pour the water out and dry. Then fill it up with your hot food. To keep it hot don’t open again until lunch time.
We have done this with SpaghettiOs’s, ramen noodles, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, corn, soup, corn dogs and more!
I love to use this Homemade Chicken Nugget Recipe or Homemade Corndogs recipe and pack them in the thermos. My son loves to eat a hot lunch at school.
You may want to check out this step-by-step video on how to pre-heat your thermos too. It is shot by my 6-year-old 🙂
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I wish my kids would eat hot food. Seems like the only hot thing they like is pancakes. What’s wrong with my kids? Or is it me? Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s me.
Your kid is pretty steady. Better than many adults I have seen.
How long does it stay warm after you close the lid?
3 hours. My son eats at 11:00 am. I did it at 8:00 am.
What were you putting in there?
Pizza Pockets 🙂 I went to lunch that day with my son and they were still warm and not soggy.
I love the idea of Pre-heating the thermos! Where did you get such a cute thermos? I’m having such a hard time finding one that isn’t way over priced. 🙁
Kroger – It is great to look “off season” – around November/December time to find them on clearance.
Awesome idea and thanks for sharing
I’ve never done a hot lunch for my kids, not sure they would like it. maybe I should try!
you can put hotdogs in the hot water and they are perfect at lunch time!!
I love that!!! He loves hot dogs! I could pack the bun separate!
Great ideas, I will have to remember them for my sons lunches next year
Good to know! 🙂
Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
Great idea~thank you!
I use this method all the time for soup, but never tried corn dogs!
My son says that the fishsticks or corndogs are soggy? WHat am I doing wrong?
You have to wipe out the thermos before you put the chicken nuggets etc. in. make sure it’s completely dry then try.
Wipe it quickly with a paper towel.
I had the same problem. I wonder if wrapping them in a paper towel would help?
You are my hero (and now my son’s hero too). He has has a cold lunch for almost 2 years now at school because I had no idea how to keep his food warm. Thank you a million times!! I am now going out to buy a thermos. And by the way, I just loved your site, always good information!!!!
Awe…thanks 🙂 You made my day!