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Product review: Lunch Pot by Black + Blum

The Lunch Pot, assembled. Click for a detailed view.

About a month ago, I reviewed the Lunch Box by Black + Blum, and since then I have had the opportunity to test drive the Lunch Pot by the same company.

Although the shape is completely different, it is nonetheless very obviously of the same family.  The Lunch Pot is simplistic, but versatile and very functional.  Let’s break down the 6 pieces…

When the Lunch Pot is assembled, the first thing you encounter is the strap that holds the entire unit together.  The strap is attached to two rings: one centers the bottom pot into place, the other snaps gently onto the top pot, securing the two.  Simply pulling the strap on one side will loosen enough to allow you to pop off the top ring, and start taking it apart.

But wait!  There’s the one item you MUST have in order to eat your lunch (unless it’s all finger foods) – a utensil!  Black + Blum decided to go with a spork for this container set, and it slides neatly into a sleeve on the strap, making it easy transport.

Once you have the strap removed, you can take the two pots apart.  The larger pot has a clear lid, the smaller pot lid matches the color of the pot, and each are easily removed with a simple twist.  The lids also have a ring inside to ensure that the pots are leak-proof.  After lunch is done, the smaller pot can be put inside the larger one for even easier transportation.

In various stages of assembly.

So how does the Lunch Pot do in everyday situations?  Here’s the breakdown…

I absolutely love that they went with a spork for the utensil as it fits the theme of the container.  The Lunch Pot works great for noodles, soups, stews, oatmeal, fruit salads, rice dishes, and so much more, and the spork works for all of them all.  And having such a convenient and simple way to keep it with the pots is great!  The only downsides to the spork is that the tines of the fork are on the shorter side, so you won’t get many noodles on it, and the spoon is actually quite deep.  I love spoons with depth, but it does sometimes feel strange when it’s so deep that your upper lip can’t naturally help clean the spoon.  It was definitely noticeable by my daughter, who obviously has an even smaller mouth than me.

Like the Lunch Box, you should make sure not to microwave for more than 2 minutes to help avoid warping, but the pots are not so large that whatever you pack should require more than that anyway.  And the same care you take with the Lunch Box should be applied here.  Not having a dishwasher, I can’t say how they would hold up (though I know top-rack is advised for those that do), but I have yet to find a food that causes me trouble with these.  They clean effortlessly with the soft side of a sponge.

Daughter's first lunch with the Lunch Pot.

My daughter still loves it, despite the deep spoon, and uses it just as much as the Lunch Box I previously reviewed.  In fact, here’s a picture of her first lunch with it: sushi rice and sauce (her favorite), and a fruit salad (more variety at the bottom, they just got covered).

My ONLY suggestion to improve this would be to include a pair of chopsticks that could be held in a pocket on the strap opposite the spork.  That way you have utensils that will help with noodles the spork can’t handle.  Overall I definitely give the Lunch Pot a big thumbs up!  It’s cute, stylish and can easily transport in a messenger bag or tote, and again, perfect for people who are watching portion sizes.

ENJOY!

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