Packing lunch boxes can be a challenge as you aim to keep food fresh and hot food hot. Here’s how to keep soup warm until lunchtime when packing it.

There’s a calendar for our activities. A calendar for my work schedule. And a calendar for dinner plans. On that same meal calendar, my kids also mark which two days each week they’ll be buying lunch.

Sound a little complicated? It can be. But that’s how busy schedules are.

On the days when my kids aren’t buying lunch, I like to pack them nutritious food to nourish them through the school day. Each weekend, I make sure my pantry is packed with everything I need for quick and easy lunches for their lunch boxes — ones that will be good for them.

Soup is among the nutritious foods I like to pack for lunches. There are so many varieties available and so many options for different preferences.

But the trick to this? That comes in the technique for keeping it warm.

How to Keep Soup Warm Until Lunch Time in Lunch Boxes

Start by heating up the soup. You can stick it in the microwave, but I find the stove to be just right for this. I usually heat it on a burner set a medium until it’s bubbly. Though it’s too hard to eat then, it will be just right come lunchtime.

Next, heat up the thermos. I prefer metal thermoses for this, because I feel like they keep the heat better — and my kids tell me the same thing. What you want to do is to fill the thermos with hot water. It could be boiling, but very hot water is really all you need. Seal the container and let it sit while you finish heating the soup.

Fill the container. Once the soup is ready, empty the water from the thermos (and dry, if you wish) and then fill it with the bubbling hot soup. Seal the container immediately — and really well.

Pack it in the lunch box. And don’t forget a spoon!

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