Trash Hacker: The Instant Hot Lunch Thermos Alternative

By Liesl Clark

My daughter left her school back pack at her friend’s house the other day and her hot lunch thermos was inside it. Fast forward to me, monday morning,  making her a hot lunch and discovering the lack of a thermos. The home-made mac-n-cheese-n-kale sauce was already bubbling on the stove.

Mac-n-Cheese-n-Kale Sauce Lacking a Hot Lunch Thermos. Photo © Liesl Clark

Mac-n-Cheese-n-Kale Sauce Lacking a Hot Lunch Thermos. Photo © Liesl Clark

I had to think fast, we needed to be in the car in 10 minutes. Here’s my picture tutorial of our trash hack instant alternative to a thermos solution:

1) Find an insulated reusable coffee mug (the kind you tote around and show off to friends).

Stainless Steel Insulated Reusable Coffee Mug. Swank. Photo © Liesl Clark

Stainless Steel Insulated Reusable Coffee Mug. Swank. Photo © Liesl Clark

2) Fill it with hot water and put a sock cozy around it for added insulation.

Steaming Travel Coffee Mug With Added Sock Cozy. Photo © Liesl Clark

Steaming Travel Coffee Mug With Added Sock Cozy. Photo © Liesl Clark

3) Pour out the hot water and put in the hot lunch.

Hot Lunch in an Insulated Travel Coffee Mug -- The Instant Thermos Alternative. Photo © Liesl Clark

Hot Lunch in an Insulated Travel Coffee Mug — The Instant Thermos Alternative. Photo © Liesl Clark

Put the lid on and you’re done! And we weren’t late for school, either.

So the next time you’re picking out a thermos for your loved one, and you find your thermos is missing, never fear, a travel coffee mug is probably near.

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7 Comments on “Trash Hacker: The Instant Hot Lunch Thermos Alternative”

  1. February 6, 2013 at 10:38 am #

    I never would have thought of that, or in time for school. I probably would have resorted to packing something else for my child’s lunch. You have some amazing ideas, I”m so glad you share.

  2. March 13, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    Oh Now I know what I have to do when I am not able to find my son’s thermos. Thanks for inspiring. 🙂

  3. Jennifer W.
    November 6, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Did your coffee mug have a spout for sipping or no? Just wondering how you avoid spills if it does.

    • November 6, 2014 at 11:44 am #

      Hi Jennifer: Good question. We just make sure to include a spoon with the thermal mug when we pack it up in the lunch box.
      — Liesl at Trash Backwards.

      • Jennifer W.
        November 6, 2014 at 11:47 am #

        Hi Liesl,
        Sorry about the confusion, but what I was trying to find out is if the lid has a hole or is completely covered. I am having a hard time finding any mugs with lids that don’t have a hole in them.

      • November 6, 2014 at 11:50 am #

        OK, LOL! I have some travel coffee mugs that have the hole in the cap but you can lock it down with a latch for spill-proofing. No leaks whatsoever!

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