Heavy duty stainless steel lunch boxes, such as Stanley official lunch cooler, are designed to take a bit more mistreatment than the bento box and are more sturdy than the insulated cooler. They also do not have to be replaced as often… 
Stanley and Eco lunch boxes have been recognized as the all-time classic of metal lunch boxes for years—the “battleship” lunch box of choice for tradesmen, workers and campers.


      Stanley Classic Lunch Box

      • Capacity 10 QT / 9.4L
      • Material…0.6mm SPCD Steel 
      • Price…$33.75
      • Size…13 x 6.5 x 10 in
      • Weight 3.7lb
      • Review…Working Person’s Store

      Legendary Classic Food Jar

      • Capacity…24oz / 709mL
      • Material…18/8 stainless steel 
      • Price…$40
      • Size…3.8 x 4.3 x 10.5 in
      • Weight 1.57lb
      • Review… Backpack Gear Test

      When it comes to food storage, there are three R’s to remember…

      1. Right Tactics… It is important to pack your food in the correct way.

      Fill the food jar with boiling water before filling with hot food so that you “sterilize” the container and pre-warm the flask.

      Always clean your containers thoroughly after every use.

        2. Right Temperature…It is important to keep food at the correct temperature.

          If food is meant to be hot, keep it hot. High temperatures kill bacteria. If food is meant to be cold, keep it cold. Cold temperatures slow down the growth of bacteria.

            Refrigerate leftovers and other previously cooked foods within two hours, but never put hot food in the refrigerator or freezer. This will not only warm the temperature of the appliance, but also put other food at risk.  

            3.  Right Time…

            2 hours, 1 hour in hot weather…maximum time that any perishable food should be left out of the refrigerator

            48 hours…maximum time that leftovers should be refrigerated and used within 

            Use by date…indicates that the food should not be eaten after this date.

            Best buy date…indicates that the food will stay in good condition until the date specified.

            Best rule of thumb…If in doubt, throw it out.
            The generations of construction crew members and outdoorsmen who have carried stainless steel “workhorses” such as the Stanley Lunch Box and Vacuum Bottle have expected their lunch boxes to contain a hearty lunch such as chili or soup, as well as a sandwich, that will give them enough fuel to make it through a very long work day. …or day fishing.

              Thankfully, the classic vacuum-insulated Stanley food jar can be trusted to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold for 15 hours, even on the coldest of days.?.and the insulated lid doubles as a convenient bowl

              All that being said, as my first installment in the Fat Stanley posts, I have decided to share my new favorite recipe for chili…Copycat Wendy’s Chili…


              Wendy’s Copycat Chili

              • 2 lbs ground beef
              • 1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
              • 1 (29 ounce) can kidney beans (with liquid)
              • 1 (29 ounce) can pinto beans (with liquid)
              • 1 cup diced onion (, 1 medium onion)
              • 1⁄2 cup diced green chili pepper (, 2 chilies)
              • 1⁄4 cup diced celery (, 1 stalk)
              • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped
              • 2 -3 teaspoons cumin powder
              • 3 tablespoons chili powder
              • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons black pepper
              • 2 teaspoons salt
              • 2 cups water

              Brown the ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Drain off the fat. In a large pot, combine the beef plus all the remaining ingredients, and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook, stirring every 15 minutes, for 2 to 3 hours.


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