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lunch just got cuter -- and cheaper
I ordered two of these Zojirushi Classic Stainless Lunch Jars for darkwolfie and me so that we can take lunches to work. Buying lunch is so expensive and we make such good stuff for dinner with plenty left over for lunches, that it only makes sense to take lunches with us.

I was actually looking at Zojirushi rice cookers (which we later decided we didn't need), when I saw a product listing for lunch jars, and looked to see what that was all about. I hate having to find the lids for Gladware, and it's so untidy to carry a bunch of containers in a plastic grocery bag, especially if you want to carry something drippy, like stirfry with a lot of sauce.

They have them on Amazon for $53, but I bought ours from an Amazon Marketplace vendor called "homeaid" for $41. I ordered them on Tuesday the 20th, and we got them today! They're really cunning, and I love the chopsticks in their case that slides into a holder in the side and clicks into place. The seal on the soup bowl seems really secure, and both the gasket and valve are easy to remove and replace. The middle container, the "rice bowl", is huge and will easily accomodate a good-size portion of, say, pot roast and veggies. And the top container will hold fruit slices or salad.

I'm really excited to try it out. Now we just have to get up early enough on Monday to pack our lunches!

i feel: excited excited

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goingdriftless From: goingdriftless Date: March 23rd, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC) (base camp)
SO CUTE! I totally want one. Let us know how you like it!! I'm such a sucker for cute... :)
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2007 02:58 am (UTC) (base camp)
The only thing that would have been cuter would be if it had a Hello Kitty model. Though you might like this one, too: Ms. Bento -- it's a little smaller, but it still holds a lot of food and it comes with a carrying bag. Zojirushi makes four lunch jar models: Mr. Bento, Ms. Bento (above), Classic Stainless, which is what I bought, and the Mini Bento, which has one insulated jar and two side bowls.
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: March 23rd, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Someone else on my f-list has one of those and really loves it a lot. They look cool, I'd get one if I went to work.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC) (base camp)
They do seem to get great reviews. darkwolfie is going to be the envy of his coworkers when he shows up to his new job on Monday with a bento jar full of stirfry and rice. :-)
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tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2007 03:14 am (UTC) (base camp)
The manual says no, but I have read that it can be done. Our dishwasher has been broken for something like four years now, so we do our dishes by hand.
misoranomegami From: misoranomegami Date: March 24th, 2007 12:31 am (UTC) (base camp)
Because some things, like knitting, must be spread to those you love: Have you ever heard of bento? It's a method of packing a healthy quick (sometimes) lunch from Japan. There's a great LJ Community bentolunch where people take pictures of the various things they pack for lunch and post tips. I have a growing collection of bento boxes which look tiny but since they're designed for really nutrient rich food like rice and vegatables they're suprisingly filling. Even if you don't get into the whole adorable packing thing the tips are great and since I've stopped buying lunch at work I figure I'm saving about $30-$40 a week just on lunch even when I take out the money I spend on packing my lunch!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: March 24th, 2007 03:01 am (UTC) (base camp)
I really don't have time for the "adorable presentation" part (and I just don't think it'd go over well to have super-cute food when I eat with everyone else at my Army unit), but nutrient-dense food, yes please! Thanks for the tip!
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