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Soup transportation?

Asked by mowens (8377points) January 7th, 2014

I make soups. I eat these soups for lunch. I am dissatisfied with my current transport method.

Here is what I do:
I make a big batch, and split it between several quart mason jars. I close them, and put them in the fridge. Each day on my way to work, I take a jar and that is my lunch. I like making my soup, because it cuts down on my sodium intake.
My conundrum:
These jars get to hot when microwaved and they take up a lot of space. Can you think of a better product or solution?

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Pachy's avatar

Tupperware or some similar plastic container.

elbanditoroso's avatar

I have seen plastic (Tupperware or other) soup containers, some that have handles and some without. The primary problem, I think is that the lid of the Mason jars closes far more tightly than the plastic lids. The downside of plastic is that it also gets hot when microwaved, and (if hot enough) can actually melt, which is not a problem with glass.

Unless you want to use a second container (as in, a bowl when you get to work), I don’t know that there is a perfect alternative.

mowens's avatar

@Pachy Believe it or not, I haven’t found a tupperware that seals tight, as @elbanditoroso suggested. They always leak. I was thinking maybe a thermos, but I do not beleive they are microwavable. I am open to using a bowl when I get to work.

Cupcake's avatar

If you heat the thermos in the morning (with hot water, not the microwave obviously), the soup should still be hot for lunch, right? I thought that was the point of a thermos.

I have the same issue with tupperware. Perhaps a plastic container that screws on? I’m sure there are water-tight containers, but I don’t have a specific suggestion there.

I think there are single-serving sized crock pots. Do you have an office or break room where you could plug a small crock pot in to warm your soup?

I love Mason jars. Could you just place the jar into a bowl and still eat the soup out of the mason jar, but use the bowl to hold on to so that your fingers don’t burn? You could just leave it at your desk or in your locker at work.

mowens's avatar

@Cupcake There is an idea… use the bowl to lift it out! Can you heat a thermos up like that? I thought it’s whole deal was ignoring external temps?

Cupcake's avatar

@mowens I haven’t used one since grade school (so actually my mother prepared it), but I think you pour boiling water in it and then pour in the hot soup. It should stay hot, impervious to external temps.

mowens's avatar

Ahhh, I see what you are saying. I thought you meant put the thermos in boiling water and cook it, like a potato. :)

I’m smart, you see.

Cupcake's avatar

Are you in need of caffeine this morning? :)

glacial's avatar

I don’t like the idea of microwaving plastic. I would pour the soup into a bowl, then microwave it. If the bowl is too hot to handle coming out of the microwave, you’re cooking it too long.

mowens's avatar

@glacial The microwaves in my office are weird. They are old, and seem to heat the bowl a lot faster than the soup.

@Cupcake Yes, I most certainly am. I am however, too tired to do anything about it.

hug_of_war's avatar

Why don’t you bring a bowl to work and simply use the mason jar as a container, a vessel to dump the soup in?

ibstubro's avatar

You could get a silicone sheet and make a ‘wrap’ or ‘kozy’ for your warm mason jar, similar to a can kozy. Use that to remove the jar and eat your soup.

You could freeze the soup in Ziplock bags, and re-heat in another container at work. That way you could vary flavors, space is at a minimum, and no spillage worries.

As @mowens says, heating the soup at home, pouring it into a hot thermos, and eating it from a bowl at work is a great option. The soup should be at ‘eating’ temp, takes up no more room than the Mason jar (with less chance of breaking), and no waiting on the microwave.

Like @glacial I’m also in the camp of not liking to heat in the microwave in plastic. If it’s releasing those fumes into the air, it’s releasing into your food.

janbb's avatar

Freeze the soup in Tupperware; don’t refrigerate it at work so it defrosts. Put in a bowl and microwave; use potholders if the bowl gets too hot.

Kardamom's avatar

A Thermos is made to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. You put hot soup in the thermos, in the morning before you go to work.

1TubeGuru's avatar

A wide mouth thermos would be the obvious solution for keeping soup hot,

YARNLADY's avatar

I don’t like microwaving in plastic microwaveable dishes. I can smell the fumes from the plastic. I suggest a soup thermos

CWOTUS's avatar

I use Glasslockā„¢ or equivalent glass containers with locking plastic lids for my soups and a lot of my other leftovers, too. (The only problem that I have with them is that I don’t like to heat the soup – or anything – with the lid in the microwave, since it will distort, warp or even melt when the food is heated as hot as I want it to be.)

But the locking lid is great once the food is heated, since I can snap it on in the microwave and then carry the container by the lid, saving the need for potholders while I take it back to my desk.
@Kardamom, I wonder if you’ve heard the old blonde joke about the Thermos?

A blonde complained about the problems that she had in this regard, keeping hot foods hot until lunchtime, or vice versa, keeping cold foods cool. Someone recommended a thermos to her for the purpose, with the explanation that “they keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold!” So she got one. Next day at lunch a coworker saw the item on her desk and asked what was in it. “Hot coffee!” exclaimed the blonde, brightly, “And a Popsicle!”

Kardamom's avatar

^^ Ha Ha Ha : )

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