When I started researching bento containers, glass wasn’t high on the list. Clearly, glass and kids don’t often mix well. But at some point in the school year, my 9-year-old casually mentioned that his teacher had a microwave in her classroom and that kids were using it to heat up their lunches. The floodgates of lunch-packing, dinner-leftover-using possibilities were flung open.
Just one problem: my favorite bento containers were stainless steel, which made me resort to plastic. I get squeamish microwaving plastic. But it was a hit I was willing to take, and I’d put reheatables in silicone cups as much as possible. Still, it wasn’t the perfect solution.
Enter the Frego. I discovered this mom-invented brand recently, and wish I had sooner. It’s a 2-cup glass container nestled in a sturdy silicone sleeve. Both the borosilicate glass and silicone skin are nice and thick; I can’t imagine the glass shattering even if it slipped out of my kids’ hands.
There are a few other silicone-sleeved glass containers out there, but this is the first I’ve seen that has so much air space between the sleeve and glass, meaning it’ll act as a cushion if it ever gets dropped. The lid is, in a word, awesome. It covers both the glass and the sleeve, making it leakproof. Observe:
A few fast facts worth noting:
- BPA, PVC, polystyrene and lead-free: no nasty stuff leaching into food
- Freezer, fridge, microwave, oven, and dishwasher-safe (LOVE this. And the silicone sleeve means my guy can grab it out of the microwave without burning his fingers.)
- Borosilicate glass is super sturdy and durable
- Holds two cups/16.9 ounces
- Multiple colors available
I took it for a spin while running errands, and it held up beautifully:
Disclaimer: I received the Frego container to review, but all opinions are my own.