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I decided to invest in a Thermos Stainless King Food Flask as I love being able to have a hot meal at lunch or take leftovers in to work but do not have facilities in my office to heat food up.
Ease of use:
The Thermos Food Flask has a wide opening which means it's very easy to transfer solid food or soup in to the flask. The Food Flask includes a very nifty fold up spoon concealed in the lid which is very convenient and durable. The Thermos does need to be pre heated by filling with hot water for 10 mins or so. However, this is well worth the extra trouble as food will then stay warm inside for 7 hours. The product cannot be used in the microwave which is the only disadvantage as this would mean I could fill it the night before and simply heat up in the morning.
I can also say this Thermos seems very leak-proof. I bashed around in my bag for half and hour on my walk to work and there was no sign of any spillage. This is again a bit of a miracle in comparison to cheaper food and soup flasks.
Does it keep food warm?
I was fairly sceptical that any food flask could keep food piping hot for 7 hours. I therefore chose the Thermos Stainless King because it has very positive reviews. I followed the instructions by preheating it for 10 mins with boiling water before emptying and adding the food. I did this at 7am, sealed the product tight and brought to work.
At 1pm I screwed open the lid slightly concerned that the curry inside would be freezing. Instead, a telling wisp of steam came out ofthe top and I could clearly see that the food was piping hot. I would certainly not have any concerns keeping chicken or meat in this as it will stay at a high temperature.
Value for money:
At £19.99 (Argos) this was a bit of an investment. However, in this case I think you get what you pay for: piping hot food several hours later and a great leak-proof container with a handy spoon.
At my place of work we have no kettle or microwave or any other way of heating food (although when desperate I have occasionally resorted to sitting a pasty or sausage roll on top of the electric heater to try and get some warmth through it!) so I always have cold lunches and these are frequently leftovers from dinner the night before. Whilst cold chilli, lasagne, aubergine parmiagiana etc aren't as bad as they sound, they're definitely better hot and I had been getting increasingly jealous of my husband and his office mocrowave!
Imagine my delight then when said husband surprised me with a Thermos Food Flask in my Christmas stocking :) I'd seen other brands of food flasks but they were all quite bulky and I like my lunch to be able to fit into my shoulder bag so I don't have to drag two bags to work every day.
The Thermos Food Flask, to quote Goldilocks, is just the right size, only about the size of a (quite large) coffee mug and fits neatly into my bag. It also comes complete with a metal spoon, that folds down into 3 sections, with it's own slot in the lid. And on top of that it comes in a sexy, stylish very dark midnight blue colour with a shiny silver lid (which becomes a cup).
The information included with it claims it can keep food hot for up to 7 hours and cold for up to 9 hours and this is definitely true for the hot, although I can't see me ever using it to keep food cold. The first time I used it I hadn't read the instructions properly and didn't fill it with hot water prior to putting my soup in (am I the only person that didn't know you're meant to do that with drinks flasks too?!) but when I came to eat my lunch it was still warm enough.
After reading the info properly though, the second time I used it I filled it with hot water from the kettle while I heated my chilli up on the stove and when it came to lunchtime it was still piping hot.
I've now used it 5 times and it's worked great every single time and I am loving being able to have a hot lunch, especially now the weather has turned frosty. I've tried chilli, soup, jacket potato and beans and sausage casserole in it and they were all delish (although I had to chop the sausages up small to fit in).
The only slight niggles I have with it is that the spoon isn't all that sturdy if, like me, you want to use it to chop cooked food with too, so I have ended up taking a normal spoon too, but that isn't even a hassle really...it's just an observation! And, whilst the neck of the thermos is perfectly adequate for eating out of it can be slightly fiddly filling it with bulky food rather than soups and, if you're having soup, it also isn't really wide enough if you're a bread dunker like me.
I'm currently planning my wedding for next year and trying to lose a few pounds and trim up. I always take a packed lunch to work, usually crisp bread and fruit, but I often find hand creeping in the biscuit tin about 3.30 to 4. I decided I needed a good substantial filling lunch but low in calories and fat. Browsing through the Lakeland catalogue I spotted a Thermos Food Flask. Just what I needed!
It would enable me to take a hot lunch to work, keep me full and stop me dipping in the biscuit tin.
The Thermos Food Flask is just that, a flask for food. Its actually called a Thermos King Flask on the Lakeland website. It costs £19.99 which isn't the cheapest flask around!
The flask is wide, making it easy to put food in it rather than just drinks.
The flask comes in a shiny navy blue colour, there's no other colour choice. It has the Thermos logo on the front in silver. The screw top lid is black and the cup or bowl on the top is stainless steel on the outside and black plastic on the inside. The screw top lid has a small spoon slotted in the top. It folds up in 3 sections and clips into a special little groove. The spoon is also made of stainless steel and is quite sturdy. Its like a large teaspoon and easily reaches the bottom of the flask.
The flask is 6inches high with the lid on and 3.5 inches wide. The actual food part is 5 inches high. There is no handle on the body of the flask so it would be quite hard to grip for those with any problems with their hands. However, I'm lucky enough not to have this problem. The flask holds fractionally under 1 pint of liquid.
The flask is also dishwasher proof but I cant comment on that because I don't have one. It is made in one piece though so no water can get trapped anywhere no matter how you wash it up.
I've been using my flask for a few weeks now and I'm very pleased with it. I always make my own soup and I often take that for lunch. The spoon is a good size and I just eat my food straight from the flask. You can use the little bowl to eat from but to be honest its not that big. I also take pasta and baked beans in there too. The choice is endless really. My fiancé went to a football match the other day, he only had time to dash in after work and change. Rather than buy expensive rubbish when he got there I had made a casserole and put it in the flask for him to eat on the way. It meant he had a proper dinner and didn't have to pay the earth for fast food.
Every time we have used the flask the food is always lovely and hot. The Thermos Food Flask is advertised as keeping hot food hot for 7 hours and cold food or drink cold for 9 hours.
Its made a great difference to my work lunches. I now feel full up and have no need to keep nibbling biscuits all afternoon.
I would definitely recommend it weather its for lunches or days out its well worth the money I paid for it. In fact if you go out and buy lunch everyday you would soon get your money back.
I give it 5 Dooyoo stars.
Keeps contents hot for up to 7 hours and cold for up to 9 hours. Double insulated food storage jar / Capacity: 0.47 L / Built-in stainless steel telescoping spoon.