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I need a lunch box that keeps food hot for hours! Suggestions?

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Do any of you guys have any suggestions for a lunch box that will keep food hot!

I am searching for a simple solid lunch box that could keep my lunch hot for at least 4-5 hours. Typically I leave my lunch in my car while at work but can't bring food that requires me to heat up in a microwave by the time I go on lunch break due to the fact that I refuse to use a microwave 30 something other people are using. (germaphobe I guess)

All of the lunch boxes I find are for like soup and chips and what not. I want something I can put some damn MEAT in... Meat, potatoes, rice, pasta, green beans, etc... I found a couple that I guess i will have to make work if worse comes to worse but still haven't found the perfect one.

Surely there is something out there??

Thanks! :)


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Yes I do. Make it, sell it, get feedback, make it better, sell it, repeat.
 

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My apologies, insomnia is starting to get to me, and I completely missed the last part of your post.

Perhaps you could make it into separate sections, and make the inside out of some kind of thermo-plastic. Structure one side to be more like where the food is contained, and the other to be more like a lid.

Feel free to mess around with the design a bit.
 
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Perhaps you could make it into separate sections, and make the inside out of some kind of thermo-plastic. Structure one side to be more like where the food is contained, and the other to be more like a lid.

Feel free to mess around with the design a bit.
While I appreciate your advice on how to go about creating this product myself, as I did notice the opportunity while thinking about it, I am actually just looking for a lunch box to purchase. I was asking if anyone had any suggestions.
 

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I've played with this in my head on several occasions. We can keep our coffee/cocoa/tea hot all day long, but for some reason, a plate of food, not so much. Opportunity.
 
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We can keep our coffee/cocoa/tea hot all day long
Yea, there seems to be plenty of stuff on the market that will keep drinks, soups, chili, stew, etc hot. But as you said.. not so much for some good solid foods.

Thanks for the suggestion @Emanuel
 

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I'm thinking the heat would dehydrate/dry or disintegrate the food over time, not like liquids.
 
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You could use chemical heating units, like the ones in the military, but I don't think they're reusable and they can get expensive

A Thermos can do it if you're willing to cut your steak and vegetables into bits
 

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However, it also kills many of the nutrients inside your food.
So does cooking food normally. I wonder how long the pizza delivery boxes would work for.

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I'm thinking the heat would dehydrated/dry or disintegrate the food over time, not like liquids.
Thats the thing he could possibly create a lunch box which plugs into the 20v amp in your car/usb on your computer (crazy but possible) to keep it hot whilst multiple units inside gets filled with water, released over a period of how long you want to keep your food warm to maximize taste and stops the food from drying up.
 

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why not use a army food container?

http://www.denbigharmysurplus.co.uk/army-stores/Norwegian-Food-Container.html

I have one of these, works perfectly for soup, and for keeping beer cold.
Maybe it can be used for containg steak too( in a smaller separate food container)
Somekind of microwave heat pad in container should keep meat hot enough.

pros
cheap (at least in EU)
will keep beer cold/soup hot (soup was still hot after 8+ hours in a fridge, without lid)
tough

cons
probably will turn heads ,if carried in public transport etc
bulky for everyday use ?
 

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Food is different than drink, since bacteria thrives in "warm" conditions. I think you are better off completely cooling and reheating from a food-safety perspective.

Otherwise, look here: http://www.thermos.com/product_catalog.aspx?CatCode=LUNC

Thermos products are AMAZING. Far far better than the knockoffs.
 

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I don't think you lunch would be very good if heated for hours. Steak would be super well done and soggy if no moisture can escape.

And just based on thermodynamics there would be no product that could insulate itself that much to keep food that hot without an external power source.

If you wanted it to just be warm, then as Ted said your food may have grown more bacteria then you wanted.

If you have access to a microwave I would just use it. Get yourself good microwaveable containers and leave the lid on.
 
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Get yourself good microwaveable containers and leave the lid on.
Right now it's looking like this is pretty much my best option. I guess I'll have to suck it up and use the microwave. I've worked at this place for 2 years and have avoided using it thus far. It's good to know that the microwave will kill any germs/bacteria though. Not so good that it also kills the nutrients in the food.. But, what are you gonna do?
 

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Right now it's looking like this is pretty much my best option. I guess I'll have to suck it up and use the microwave. I've worked at this place for 2 years and have avoided using it thus far. It's good to know that the microwave will kill any germs/bacteria though. Not so good that it also kills the nutrients in the food.. But, what are you gonna do?
Microwave does not kill germs. The temperature does.
 

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I think it would stew all the foods. Especially things like pasta's would be affected by the temperature. Meat would either get stewed or get really dry.
 

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Probably not the best of ideas since foodborne pathogens thrive in the 41-140d range.
 

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