Brown-Bag Challenge: Hot Food Containers

A round-up of our favorite hot-food containers so you can pack your soup, pasta or casseroles in style.
By: Victoria Phillips
Brown Bag Challenge

We’re teaming up with fellow food bloggers to host a Brown-Bag Challenge, a month-long initiative to eat consciously and save money by packing a lunch each weekday instead of eating out. Join us here and share what you're eating on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brownbag.

A few weeks ago, we brought you a list of the latest and greatest lunchboxes so those of you participating in the Brown-Bag Challenge could bring your lunch to work in style. But with the arrival of cool fall temperatures, soups and hot dishes are going to start making appearances. We've got the best in hot food containers so you can plan for warm meals with no worries.

Bringing fresh vegetables to work just got easier thanks to the Aladdin Collapsible Steamer Set (above). No need to reheat soggy veggies when you can steam fresh ones at work instead. Just add three tablespoons of water and your raw vegetables microwave for three minutes and viola you’ve got a fresh, delicious lunch. Clean-up is just as easy: wash, collapse and store.


This classic Thermos Stainless Food Jar is portable, compact and vacuum insulated to keep lunch at its proper hot temperature. As an added bonus, it comes with a spoon and has an extra wide mouth to make serving a breeze.


This insulated, 12-ounce container from Fit Fresh is perfect for bringing soup, mac n’ cheese and other hot foods to work. Dry storage in the bottom allows you to keep food separate, and a built-in spoon fits snug in the lid. If that doesn’t make you happy, the bright color combinations will.


For those worried about portion control, fret no longer. The Curves Hot and Cold Combo Thermos comes with two separate containers that strap together in one compact carrier. Keep your utensils in a perfect pocket that’s attached to the thermos strap.

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Keep food hot for hours on end with the Hot and Cold Insulated Food Container. The inside bowl is stainless steel, while the rest of the container is made with food-grade insulation. The top twists shut for a secure seal, and the handles make carrying easier than ever.

How do you transport hot food from home?

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