Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar
Zojirushi Mr. Bento Stainless Lunch Jar
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With the Zojirushi Mr. Bento stainless lunch jar, you can bring lunch to work for you and a friend, or take a hot dinner to a lookout point to watch the sunset. Inside the stainless steel chamber are four microwaveable inner bowls, each a different size for your main course, sides, and even soup Read More

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kingping
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Jun 4, 2019
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Um, hey Drop! Folks would like to actually see inside the product, not just six images of the six different colors.
Jun 4, 2019
Steverino
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Mar 8, 2019
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Here's a good hack tested by using an almost identical Nissan product: Put drinking water in the top container, freeze it, and then put it on top of the stack to keep your cold food cold the whole day! And you can have a cold drink to boot when the ice melts! (Of course, you're trading off more food for more cold, but the method has not left me wanting -- three containers of food is working out well. ) Qualification: This method places the Nissan in a soft-sided insulated lunch bag, which helps keep it cold, but am confident the contents will keep cold the whole day without the aid of an insulated outer container / bag -- typically, will have a substantive piece of ice left over in the top container at the end of the day if eating late. You'll experience condensation on the top of the bento container -- good idea to put the bento in some sort of bag for extra insulation. . . . Pulled the Nissan out of storage when considering this drop and started using it again for cold lunches, and came up with the hack a few days in, when thinking how to maximize cold retention. It's helped to minimize weight, as typically would have multiple oversized containers within the insulated lunch bag along with one of those ice bricks you put in the freezer. Am planning to make lunches ahead of time in multiple bento containers to speed up the morning routine. Hope this helps and enjoy your new Zojirushi :-)
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Mar 8, 2019
TheDarkTrumpet
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Sep 15, 2018
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I'm honestly surprised to see this on Massdrop, and I think it's good to give a bit of a review on these. I purchased 2 sets of these over the years, and have had mine for about 10 or so years now.
The build quality is quite good. There's a main holder of sorts, that holds 4 containers. The idea behind the thermos is that it's more insulated at the bottom than the top, with an insulation layer between the bottom and the top. This is largely with the "large container" (2nd from bottom) where it has a fairly thick piece of styrofoam in the lid. Meaning, that if you have warm/hot food, it should stay warm by the time lunch rolls around, but the top two cups won't be as warm (and the very top is largely unheated). Each container seals quite well, and there's not much, if any leaking. Also since there's an outer shell - even if an individual cup does leak, the likelihood of it getting out of the outer container is minimal.
This setup can hold warm, or cold foods. Personally, I'd recommend only doing warm in this though. A common meal for myself (I work from home a lot now, so maybe not as often) is the following: Lowest Cup - Warm Miso 2nd Lowest Cup - Rice, plain 2nd Highest Cup - Veggies/protein (goes on rice) Highest Cup - Fruit and/or some kinda desert or nuts.
When I was using this every day, I'd prepare my meals in the morning. A rice cooker, set to start before I got up had the rice done by the time I got up. Frozen veggies, left overs, etc would be added to the 3rd highest cup. Miso is very quick to make, I have a hot water warmer I also have ready before I wake up. That, plus some miso, and a bit of microwave = decent miso. So 3 of the cups can be prepared fairly quick. Desert is usually prepared the night before. All of it stored in this, thrown in my backpack with either chopsticks or a fork in the side, and off to work.
It's also worth noting that this is much larger than one may expect. The dimensions should be available, and I'd get out a ruler and measure everything. Reasoning being is that this may or may not fit in your commute bag. There are many other bento-box like setups, some that are cheaper and smaller. The main area this one succeeds at is that it can keep your food quite warm/hot til lunch. If you're aiming for food that's more cold that you can microwave at work, then I'd look toward other solutions. It's not so much that this can't do it, but there are other solutions that include ice packs that you can add to an insulated bag to keep things cold. I have one of these, too, but I don't use it nearly as much as the Zojirushi. Also note that this thing holds a lot of food. Easily enough to have a snack or two in combination with a meal for lunch.
Personally, I really think the Zojirushi is fantastic for my use purposes. I bought mine awhile back, but it doesn't appear the design changed much. If you're into bentos, especially warm Bentos and don't mind carrying a bit extra, this could definitely fit your needs.
Sep 15, 2018
phoenixsong
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Sep 16, 2018
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Good to hear! Will the contents of the inner bowls spill out within?
Sep 16, 2018
TheDarkTrumpet
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Sep 16, 2018
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I think it'll depend on what you're putting where.
The lowest cup is a screw on, and is pretty much resistant toward leaking. The one up from that isn't sealed quite the same way, but still has good sealing. The other two are snap lids, and while are snug, I wouldn't trust stuff like soup in them.
That said, if you're storing stuff other than soups, including heavily seasoned/liquidly things, it should hold. For example, in the top compartment, I can have fruit like strawberries and some liquid and they never leaked so far. I think as long as you have the container upright and aren't crashing in a bus/plane or doing twirls off a high dive with it, that things shouldn't leak.
The lowest compartment/cup is kinda designed specifically for soups though.
Sep 16, 2018
Chuckchuck526
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Aug 2, 2018
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With shipping and handling, the current price of the non silver ones, you save about 20cents compared to Amazon. Amazon has the better deal for the silver ones at $35ish. So if you have amazon 2day shipping, might as well buy there.
Aug 2, 2018
Keiko
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Jun 9, 2018
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Would this keep the smell of the food inside?
Jun 9, 2018
TheDarkTrumpet
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Sep 15, 2018
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Honestly I haven't had too much of an issue with mine. I think it largely will depend on what you're storing. If you're doing a lot of fermented foods, I can see it keeping that smell in more. But, I use mine for miso/rice/veggies/desert, and have used mine for years with no real leftover smell.
Sep 15, 2018
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Sep 16, 2018
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"Food"
Sep 16, 2018
Poh-Tay-To
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Jun 8, 2018
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I've had one of these from a while ago. They dont do dish washers very well, but the concept is pretty clever. I'd suggest it more for bringing food into hospital patients, or when caping, rather than a daily lunchbox. This is purely cos it holds way too much food for a daily carry
Jun 8, 2018
BrainFlush
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Sep 16, 2018
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Caping? Sounds fun. Is that were you don a cape and then find a stoop to hang on while eating your meal from the Jar? I am down if it is. :P
Sep 16, 2018
joolz2u
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May 8, 2018
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It seems heavy at 33.2 oz empty.
May 8, 2018
BrainFlush
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Sep 16, 2018
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If that's the case, they should market it to construction workers. :D
Sep 16, 2018
angelmonk
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May 7, 2018
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How is this a "deal" when it is available at Target and Amazon (the sliver one) for $1 more.
May 7, 2018
EZ_living
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May 6, 2018
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I wonder how long this would keep ice cream as ice cream? The statistics they give aren't relevant.
I'd love to be the guy with ice cream to share on top of the mountain
May 6, 2018
RayF
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May 7, 2018
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So true!
May 7, 2018
BrainFlush
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Sep 16, 2018
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And then you have an ultrashit after your ultrahike. :P
Sep 16, 2018
Tigole
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May 6, 2018
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$35.30 with free 2 day shipping on Amazon..
May 6, 2018
somedumbshopper
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May 6, 2018
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The Silvered color option is $35.30. All others are between $43 & $44.
May 6, 2018
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