Every school day (apart from Thursday when the day is too short to warrant it) my two teenage sons take a food flask with them to school. That’s in addition to a pretty sizeable lunchbox stuffed to the gills with nourishment for the day. They are also (when I remember) armed with some emergency money for a canteen trip just in case (god forbid) they may experience a food crisis before the last bell. They are fully covered.
I don’t enjoy packed lunch production – I think it’s the ‘day-in-day-out’ nature of it that messes with my head – but I can see that it’s a necessary evil.
And I realised some time ago that making the food flask element of packed lunches easy (or at least easier) HAD to involve making the most of the freezer.
So here’s how I maintain a bit of food flask sanity –
- I have a stack of containers (nothing fancy – they are actually old margarine tubs) which each hold exactly the right amount for the two flasks.
- When I’m making something that lends itself to a food flask (ie pasta, curry, soup, dhal, stews … you know the kind of thing) I fill a freezer container (or 2 if I’m lucky), label it and whack it in the freezer.
- And then when I need an easy food flask solution, I’ll defrost one the night before, heat it through in the morning and I can be certain that there’ll be exactly the right amount for both food flasks with no annoying waste left over. Bingo.
It’s not rocket science, I know, but then most tips aren’t – just a useful way to find the shortest path through daily drudgery. And I bet there aren’t many parents who don’t view packed lunch production in those terms.
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Hella has started feeling the love for a food flask too, but I’ll hold off for a while with her – at least until I’ve found a suitable 3 portion container!