How to choose a bento box for school lunches – RISMedia

Back-to-school shopping isn’t what it used to be. With all the options available from online stores and a larger inventory in brick and mortar options, it can be difficult to sort through the options to find the best one for your student. Buying lunch supplies is no exception.

Is cold lunch only good?
Sandwiches, wraps, salads and pasta salads can all be served cold and can ensure enough variety for your child. Most bento boxes are designed to pack these types of lunches and even make it easy to pack a charcuterie-style snack or lunch. Cold lunches are arguably the easiest to pack and pre-store in a locker or backpack inside an insulated lunch bag.

Do you want to pack a hot lunch?
If you’d rather be offered more options, a hot lunch might be something you’ll want to consider. Warm soups, stews and pasta can be stored in a thermos and eaten at lunchtime.

If the presence of this option is important to you, then look for a bento with a built-in thermos. High schools and middle schools may allow glass containers and allow students to reheat food in the microwave. Divider glass meal prep containers are perfect for storing leftovers for lunchtime reheating.

How old is your student?
For older students, a larger bento box with fewer dividers is ideal to allow full-size sandwiches, wraps, and salads into the larger opening. For younger children, having more dividers can ensure that lunch is more enjoyable. The box with multiple small dividers can allow parents to fill the compartments with a variety of nuts, fruits and snacks; This can ensure increased exposure to new foods. Half of a sandwich might fit better in these types of bento boxes.

Do you prefer metal or plastic?
Some metal hinges can begin to corrode if exposed to water for a long time, which makes many manufacturers recommend washing and drying them. It can also be difficult to open for little hands. However, it is very durable and a good choice for parents who want to limit their children’s exposure to plastic food containers. Plastic is often a cheaper option, and there are more bento box options available. They can also come in fun colors and designs for younger children. If dishwasher safe materials are important, be sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions. Some are top-shelf safe, and some aren’t.