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Good morning. Looking for the ultimate Lunch Box to take to work. THE ULTIMATE

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certifiedhumane Mar 17, 2012 07:22 AM

Hey guys good morning I will be starting some part-time work soon and it is imperative that I keep up with my eating plan (i am on a weight-gain diet) so I am researching lunch boxes. I am looking for that ULTIMATE lunch box, one where I could cook up some pasta and a salad, throw it in there and 4-8 hours later pull out a warm pasta and cold salad.
Ideally it wouldn't have "set" storage containers, as I find those extremely too small for my liking. For example I would be throwing in 1/2lb. of pasta at least, a huge huge portion of salad, and some extra appetizers, and desert. I would also need something where I could pour say a 1qt amount of soymilk into and have this stay cold, or simply use the tetrapak the soymilk originally came in and have this still be cold. .
I would rather this be way too big and huge then too small.
I have done my research however I find it difficult because most have like I said set portions for people trying to lose weight and nothing is big enough!

Hoping to hear back from you guys I will be needing this soon, I really appreciate it :) Have a good weekend

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    Leepa RE: certifiedhumane Mar 17, 2012 07:37 AM

    I've never run across anything that keeps cold things cold and hot things hot at the same time. Looking forward to seeing what others come up with.

    1. Rocky Road RE: certifiedhumane Mar 17, 2012 08:08 AM

      Here are a couple of nice ones:

      http://www.sixpackbags.com/
      http://www.black-blum.com/products/lu...
      http://www.homeandbackyard.com/#/item...
      http://www.thermos.com/

      However, I think you are going to have to use multiple items for keeping things hot and cold. Thermos makes some nice small, medium and large containers that keep things hot for a long time. Good luck.

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        wano RE: certifiedhumane Mar 17, 2012 08:28 AM

        How about buying a collapsible cooler and filling it wih your own containers?
        http://www.1st-product.com/catalogs/1...

        You might need two - one for hot and one for cold. Or just zap the hot stuff in the microwave if you can/want.

        Alternative - if you can. Buy a mini fridge and leave it at work by your desk/in your office. That is for your cold stuff and then get a cooler for your hot stuff.

        1. Chris VR RE: certifiedhumane Mar 17, 2012 08:32 AM

          Maybe you want a tiffin set? Here are a few:

          http://www.amazon.com/To-Go-Ware-Stai...

          http://www.lunchboxes.com/lunch-carri...

          http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-SL-JA...

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            dratlover RE: Chris VR Mar 17, 2012 09:14 AM

            This situation could easily be solved with 2 insulated lunch boxes. One for cold and one for hot. This combo should be big enough for your health appetite.

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              Seitan RE: dratlover Mar 17, 2012 09:56 AM

              Yes, 2 separate insulated smallish lunch boxes, placed inside one larger tote bag or box.

              I enjoyed looking through the links, they gave me some ideas. I hoped they helped the OP as well.

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            certifiedhumane RE: certifiedhumane Mar 17, 2012 10:08 AM

            wow just wanted to say thank you guys so much I will look into all of these suggestions and post my thoughts a bit later :) thank you so much for the help :) have a good one then :)

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