Keeping Your Kid’s Lunch Warm: Effective Strategies and Tips


In light of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, many schools have had to restrict access to microwaves in the lunchroom, leaving parents in search of alternative solutions to keep their children’s meals warm. At Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we faced a similar predicament and discovered a reliable method to ensure our kids enjoy a hot lunch at school. In this article, we will share our step-by-step guide and practical tricks to help you keep your child’s food warm until lunchtime.

1. Prepare Ahead of Time

The night before, set aside extra servings of dinner or prepare both dinner and lunch simultaneously. This allows you to store portions in a food storage container overnight in the fridge. It’s best to use a glass container if possible, as it matches the capacity of the insulated lunch container. This not only makes the transfer easier the next morning but also helps prevent food waste.

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2. Start the Day Right

When you wake up in the morning, take a moment to heat up your insulated lunch container. Boil water until it reaches its maximum temperature of 212°C/100°C (which is easily achievable with an electric kettle). Fill your insulated lunch container to its full capacity with the hot water, seal it tightly, and let it stand. This provides ample time for you to enjoy your breakfast, get ready, and finish preparing the rest of the lunch.

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3. Heat Up Before Heading Out

Before leaving the house, take the prepared food out of the fridge and reheat it until it’s piping hot. We suggest using a pan or saucepan, which typically takes around 5-7 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a microwave, but be cautious as the final result may vary depending on the oven’s performance, affecting whether your child receives a truly warm lunch.

4. Transfer with Care

Empty the hot water from the insulated container and pour in the freshly heated food. Remember that liquids tend to retain heat better than solid foods. To maximize warmth for solid foods, compress them tightly and fill the insulated container to its maximum capacity.

5. Pack it Up

Finally, securely close the container and place it in your child’s lunch bag. Now your kids can look forward to savoring a warm meal, especially during cold, windy, or foggy days. We encourage you to ask for their feedback when they return from school. Share your experiences and photos of your hot lunches on to inspire others in the morning!


Keeping your child’s lunch warm until lunchtime doesn’t have to be a challenge. By following these simple steps and using insulated containers, you can ensure your kids enjoy a hot and delicious meal. Do you have any other tips for keeping food warm? Feel free to share in the comments or by sending us an email. Meanwhile, check out Hook’d Up Bar and Grill for hot lunch ideas and explore our favorite lunch accessories in the Teuko Store on Amazon.

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