My kids enjoy Hot Pockets. I'm not a big fan of processed foods, but I will happily admit that last school year, Hot Pockets were an occasional life saver...especially after I figured out how to pack them for lunches.
I was so excited about my new school lunch option that I, of course, told all my friends about it. Which is when I discovered that some people are intimidated by the lunch packing how-to's. So I'm sharing the process here. It's not complicated. Really. And your kids get a hot meal without having to spend precious lunchtime minutes waiting in a cafeteria line.
|Hot Pocket packed in a Thermos for school
How To Pack a Hot Sandwich for Lunch
What you need:
1 Wide-mouth Thermos
Hot water, enough to fill Thermos
2 parchment paper or aluminum foil rectangles. Large enough to mostly cover half a sandwich.
1 hot sandwich (e.g., Hot Pocket or a grilled cheese sandwich)
- Fill Thermos with boiling water. Let sit for a few minutes.
I do this before I make breakfast for the kids thereby giving the water plenty of time to heat up the Thermos.
- Cut two pieces of parchment paper or foil into rectangles. They should each be large enough to cover half a sandwich.
- Warm up Hot Pocket in microwave. (Or prepare your warm sandwich.)
- While sandwich is warming, quickly drain and dry Thermos. Resealing the lid when you're done.
- Working quickly, cut warmed sandwich in half and wrap each portion in paper or foil.
(Wrapping the portions individually makes it easier to pull them out of the container.)
- Place in Thermos and seal.