Product Type: Fit & Fresh in Homeware
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Out for Lunch?
Fit & Fresh Lunch on the Go Set
Member Name: Verbena
Fit & Fresh Lunch on the Go Set
Date: 29/01/12, updated on 29/01/12 (45 review reads)
Advantages: Great way to do packed lunch in style.
Disadvantages: Only that I would have liked a small pot for salad dressing
If the Christmas presents you get are anything like mine, then there are always some that disappoint and some that really surprise you. When I received a gift from a work colleague I wasn't sure what to expect; it felt like a bag with something inside. I thought it might be toiletries, but how wrong I was!
~ ~ ~ What I Received ~ ~ ~
When I opened the wrapping paper, I saw a pretty bag in a light shade of turquoise, patterned with chocolate-coloured swirls. It has a contemporary look about it.
I opened the single popper fastening, curious to see what was inside. I was a bit puzzled to see what initially appeared to be some small Tupperware - type containers. On closer inspection I noticed a flat container with a blue liquid inside. It transpires that this is a set of three containers with an ice pack to place between the larger box and the two smaller ones. The prime purpose is clearly to keep packed lunches fresh and safe, and I'm as keen to avoid food poisoning as the next person! The clever thing about it is that the ice pack fits inside the lid of the larger container, held in place by plastic extensions that function as clips. This is so effective that it's actually not that easy to remove again once in place. I don't think there's any danger of the ice pack falling out if you've fitted it correctly! There's also the simple option of placing the ice pack between the larger container and the smaller ones on top. It's probably worth mentioning that I think there's plenty of room at the sides for other items, such as a piece of fruit, yoghurt or even a drink carton/bottle. I've done the first two. You can probably tell that I find it a very versatile set.
The pack is completed by an informational leaflet, which gives ideas on how to use the containers, how to keep them clean - they can be placed in the top rack of a dishwasher, but not a microwave; the ice pack cannot be placed in either - but why would you want to? There is information about a free online diet and fitness programme; I haven't signed up ... yet! It also mentions other products available in their range, although I wonder about UK availability as the leaflet is aimed at the USA market in my opinion. Lastly the leaflet points you to the makers' website at www.fit-fresh.com
~ ~ ~ How I Use It
I tend to use the large container to make myself a sizeable portion of salad. I use one of the smaller packs to things like cheese, olives, and tomatoes separate if I feel like it. Equally they would hold fruit, a chocolate biscuit - items of that kind of size. I would have liked a small pot in which to put a portion of salad cream, as I like to add that when I'm ready to eat, but that's a minor criticism as I use one of the smaller containers - it's just that they are a bit large for that purpose. I have also used the larger pack to contain sandwiches and found they kept very fresh when used with the ice pack.
~ ~ ~ A Bit of Research ~ ~ ~
I looked on the Fit and Fresh website but was unable to find a bag similar to mine, which is a bit surprising as it has a metal tag on it clearly stating 'Fit and Fresh'. The bag was made in China. It doesn't actually state that it has insulating properties but I think it probably does. I wondered if the bag and containers had been bought separately and 'married' together but I don't think so; it all fits together too well as a set.
~ ~ ~ Durability ~ ~ ~
It's too early for me to tell but I noticed on the Amazon USA website that a few minor concerns had been raised about the plastic lids on the containers warping a little, while still fitting well. I do wonder whether the popper on the bag will last, as it closes quite near the top of the plastic containers if you are using them all. Time will tell.
~ ~ ~ Value for Money ~ ~ ~
It's difficult to give a price for this item as it was a gift and I'd be embarrassed to ask the person who gave it to me. Amazon lists similar products for a price of £11.94 but without a picture; the company is Medport if you're looking. Ebay was listing a lunch set with a breakfast set for £8.50 but £5.99 p & p the day I checked it - the lunch set did not have a bag like mine. [So there are clearly other products available in this range] However I wonder whether my gift came from Sainsbury's as my colleague has a daughter who works at a store that is much bigger than my local one. A search of their website reveals that they have stocked items from the Fit and Fresh range.
~ ~ ~ In Conclusion ~ ~ ~
This was one of my best presents! When I returned to work after Christmas I was keen to show my colleagues, and particularly to thank my friend. They were slightly amused by my enthusiasm and admiring of my new set at the same time. I've only had a few opportunities to use it yet, as I only work part time now, but I think it's going to be very handy, as space in the fridge at work is at a premium! It does mean I shall feel more confident about the food safety of some items I might pack, especially as the weather becomes warmer - hopefully before too long!
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A well thought-out, versatile set that makes it easier to have a safe, healthy home-prepared lunch