I can most definitely recommend this Contigo Scout Food Jar to you all. It’s a little bit pricey but worth the money because of the child-friendly features such as the easy to hold handle and the grips on the lid. I was sent my food flask free of charge for the purposes of the review but if you hunt around on the web you can buy this for around the £20 price mark. One such seller is Amazon who currently have it (at the time of writing this) on sale at £19.87 with free delivery.
I have used this quite a few times since I received it and my daughter seems very impressed with it. She likes that it is easy to hold and it looks fun because of the brightly coloured screw-on lid.
The Contigo Scout Food Jar can hold 300ml (10oz) of food. It is designed to keep your child’s packed dinner either hot or cold, depending on what you put in it. If you put hot soup in the flask it’ll keep lovely and warm for your little one’s school dinner but if instead you put cold pasta salad then it’ll keep that at a cool temperature. This would also have been a godsend to me if I’d had it when my daughter was little as I could have used it to keep her baby food warm. Nowadays you find that so many cafes and restaurants are not able to heat your baby food for you. If I had owned a Scout Food Jar back then I could have heated the baby food before I left the house! That would have made life easier. I can imagine this food jar would also be useful for the kids when you go on holiday, go camping or go on walks, etc.
The food flask is made of vacuum insulated stainless steel and becuase of this it is BPA free. It is described as being leak-proof and I can confirm that in my experience it has not yet leaked once. The lid screws on very firmly, which is an essential requirement for a flask that could contain hot/warm food. You don’t want the food jar coming unscrewed in your child’s school or lunch bag. There are grips all around the sides of the lid to aid your child in unscrewing the lid.
You can read all about the Contigo Scout Food Jar on the Contigo website. While you are there make sure to visit their page about the Contigo Runabout non-spill cups. I reviewed them in November 2011 and they are the most amazing non-spill kid’s cup I’ve ever had! My daughter has been using it for a whole year and it still not only looks as good as new but still functions perfectly as a non-spill cup. I have found a lot of kid’s non-spill cups can stop working after prolonged use…but not the Contigo one!
Anyhow, back to the Contigo food jar… it can keep your food hot for up to 5 hours or cold for up to 7 hours. It is one of those things that you can use all year round. It can be used in the summer for keeping your child’s yogurt cold or you can use it in the winter to keep your chid’s stew hot. What I like about this food jar is that it allows you to send your child to school with healthy, home-cooked food that will nourish them during their day at school or nursery. Who wouldn’t love a warm cup of soup in this cold weather?!
The flask can be washed easily and it can even be put through the dishwasher on the top rack. The flask is quite a substantial size and there is more than enough room for a child’s size portion of food. Here is a You Tube video I found that shows how much the people over at the ‘Green Lifestyle Changes’ blog love their Scout Food Jar and here’s a link to the review that accompanies it. It seems that they love the jar as much as I do! :o)
The only down side to this food jar is that because of the £20 price tag you will not want your child to misplace it at school. I would recommend you either stick a name label on it or instead you could try attaching one of those stretchy spiral keyrings to it (through the handle) and then attaching the other half to your child’s lunch bag. I’m sure your child will really love it though and they’ll do their best not to lose it. :o)
If you would like to purchase a Contigo Scout Food Jar then you can find a list of Contigo stockists here. The Contigo products are distributed in the UK by Premier Housewares and they are the people who kindly organised for me to be sent this food jar to review.