Zojirushi SL-XB20HG Classic Stainless-Steel Lunch Jar
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- Cylindrical lunch jar offers a stylish and sustainable way to pack a lunch
- BPA-free, vacuum-insulated stainless-steel construction with metallic-gray finish
- Includes 3 microwaveable inner bowls and reusable chopsticks in a compact case
- Carrying handle and sleek, compact design; wash all pieces by hand for best results
- Measures 5-3/8 by 6 by 9-1/4 inches
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If you want to fill hot food, then pour in hot water in the containers for 10 minutes, let it get warm. Pour out the water, dry. Then fill. If you want ice cold food, put in freezer for 10 minutes, then put food in.
They also make bigger versions for larger appetites and another smaller one for small appetites. They really do stay hot. Once I had to take a very late lunch, I packed it at 7am, and at 2:30pm the food was still hot. No more waiting in line to microwave your lunch !!!
I've found that putting soup into the bottom container is essential to keeping the middle container hot. It acts as the heat pack for the middle container. I usually heat canned soup in the morning in a pan, and pour it near-boiling into the container, and drop it into the bottom of the jar to start off. After 4 hours, the soup will still be too hot to eat!
Then, for the middle container, I heat up some leftover starches (rice, potatoes, etc.) and some sort of entree. I put the starches on the bottom, and pile the entree on top. The lid of the middle container has a hollow space built in to insulate it from the top container. The food in the middle container is still quite hot after 4 hours.
The top container should be reserved for something that would be eaten at room temperature. I think it was designed that way, judging by the pictures on the packaging. I can't read Japanese, so I was only able to guess. The picture shaded the jar from red to orange to yellow to white, starting from the bottom, which accurately corresponds to the temperature of my food after 4 hours (red being hottest, white being room temp).Read more ›
There is no limit to what can be packed in, including sandwiches if you round them off. The chopstick holder is very clever and makes eating a slower process, which helps with appetite control.
It should pay for itself in a month or less with money saved from buying lunches, and the health benefits are great.
Also a good idea for breakfast on the go -- hot cereal, fruit, juice in the soup bowl.
The bowls were perfect for portion control (my biggest eating weakness). I used the soup bowl at the bottom for sugar-free Jello, the middle (rice) bowl was for my salad/veggies, and the top (main-course) bowl is where I'd put my meat, usually a tuna or chicken dish. Since I would carry fish and/or chicken as my meat, I would put the meat bowl in the fridge when I got to work, but I'd keep the rest in my O'Neill back-pack (which has an insulated compartment at the bottom that is almost the exact same size as the lunch box). Doing that would keep the food at a good enough eating temperature for me.
By sticking to the South Beach Diet (and extending the first two weeks of it to one full month) and using this lunch jar to carry my food while controlling my portions, I was ultimately able to lose 80 lbs. by November, 2006. The jar has also helped me to keep my weight down. In the almost two years since I stopped losing weight, it has fluctuated only +/- five pounds.
Even if you're not on a diet, this lunch box is much better and more functional the old-timey "Herman Munster" lunch boxes of days of yore! I very highly recommend it! Just don't put liquids into anything but the soup bowl or you'll have a mess on your hands!
The only "negative" I have (and this is by no means a "show stopper") is that the Japanese haven't modified this lunch jar to our market. It comes with a long, thin plastic box that snaps to the outside of the jar and contains a pair of chopsticks. While I can use chopsticks as well as anyone in Asia, it would be nice if they'd come up with a nice fork and spoon (or spork) to go into the chopstick box for those of us on this side of the Pacific. Perhaps if these become more popular in the USA (and beyond), they'll do just that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really like this lunch box because it keeps the food pretty warm for hours and lasts a long time!Published 13 months ago by Janise
This is very high quality. The chopsticks are a great addition. I was afraid of how they would stay with the container, but the mechanism they attach to works great. Read morePublished 17 months ago by A. Interrante
One of the best purchases I've ever made...I've saved a ton of money from not buying food at work, so it was totally worth the cost. Read morePublished 18 months ago by LadyBug
this is a lot bigger than i expected but that is ok, i will be able to take lots of food when i have my 24 hr shifts, it keeps food warm and works as expectedPublished 19 months ago by melissa
One star off for the need to handwash, but other than that, really great lunch carrier.
Keeps everything really warm and holds lots of food. Read more
Works awesome. My husband works out in the cold so he loves being able to have a hot lunch.Published 20 months ago by Deseree T.
I knew the soup bowl was small, but it should use all of the space available. Read the reviews... used boiling water to test. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John W. White III