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Zojirushi SL-XB20HG Classic Stainless-Steel Lunch Jar

4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
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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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Zojirushi's Classic Stainless Lunch Jar in Metallic Gray is unique and functional. Durable stainless steel construction and vacuum insulation. Three microwaveable inner bowls and washable container. Also includes carry strap for easy transport.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.4 x 6 x 6 inches
Item Weight 2.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.5 pounds
Manufacturer Zojirushi
ASIN B000246GSO
Item model number SL-XB20HG
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4.2 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #228,973 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#983 in Kitchen & Dining > Storage & Organization > Travel & To-Go Food Containers > Thermoses
#12,550 in Home & Kitchen > Kitchen & Dining > Travel & To-Go Drinkware
#83,280 in Home & Kitchen > Storage & Organization
Date first available at Amazon.com May 5, 2003

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I had seen my Japanese coworkers carry this thing to work. It's a great lunch bag! Beats brown bagging, because hot foods stay hot, and cold foods stay cold. I finally bought one because of the ease of use, didn't want to keep paying $$$ for hot lunches, and I can always bring my favorite foods. The bottom container is the only leakproof container. (That is my only gripe.) I usually put soup in here. The other containers will hold things without sauces very well. It's great because it allows for a large variety of foods (better nutrition). I have used bento lunch boxes since I was kid, and this is the best for adults. I like asian food, and this type of lunch box accomodates the best.

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 !!!
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Ever since the reports about the risks of chemicals leeching from plastics that have been microwaved, I've been wary of carrying microwaveable lunches to work. I was very happy to find this lunch jar. I chose to buy this instead of the four-container Mr. Bento because I wanted the larger volume, but I have found that the Classic Lunch Jar can hold more food than I can eat (I'm a woman who can put away a large prime rib for dinner, but not in need of huge quantities for lunch). The middle container, which stands about 3.5 inches deep and 4 inches wide, is cavernous, and can alone hold more than a modest dinnerplate's worth of food.

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).
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This lunch jar holds 8 oz. more than Mr. Bento, has 3 useful containers, and fits in my briefcase. It came with instructions in English and Japanese. The soup bowl fits in the bottom, the large container on top, and the smaller container on top. It is great for those watching their weight, as the large container can hold a generous salad of shredded vegetables with low fat protein source (meat, fish, fowl, beans/tofu). The top container can hold a fruitcup of sliced or chopped fruit (fresh or frozen) and the small container, which is labeled the soup container, would be fine for croutons, nuts, or a late afternoon snack.

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.
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I bought this exact Mr. Bento lunch jar just as I went on The South Beach Diet in April of 2005. By July, I had already lost 45 lbs! How?

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.
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