How To Put a Thermos of Food in a Kid's Lunch

by Elizabeth Arnold

    On a cold winter day, surprise your child with a thermos full of hot food in his lunchbox. You can fill the thermos with a number of his favorite foods, such as chicken noodle or tomato soup, spaghetti or chili. Filling an insulated vacuum bottle with hot food is a convenient and creative way to use up leftovers.

    Items you will need

    • Pan or microwave-safe container
    • Insulated, stainless steel thermos
    • Soft, clean cloth
    • Fork or spoon
    • Side items, such as crackers or bread
    Step 1

    Heat the food, such as canned soup or leftover chili, in a pan on a stove top or in a microwave until it is hot all of the way through.

    Step 2

    Fill an insulated, stainless steel thermos with boiling water and allow it to stand as you heat up the food; the water will preheat the stainless steel, which will keep the food hotter for a longer period of time.

    Step 3

    Pour the water out of the thermos. Dry the inside of the thermos with a soft, clean cloth. Transfer the heated food into the thermos and close the lid tightly.

    Step 4

    Pack the thermos into the lunchbox, along with a spoon or fork. Include items, such as crackers, bread or rolls, to accompany the hot food.

    About the Author

    Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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