Sometimes, you don’t realize you need rescuing until a hero comes along.
The Goodbyn Hero is the latest addition to the Goodbyn family, and thanks to the people at Reuseit I got the chance to play around with it. I’ve reviewed Goodbyn containers before, and I love that they’re constantly innovating and coming up with new designs, so I knew I’d want to test this one out.image via reuseit.com
But first, going back to the whole not-realizing-you-need-rescuing thing: I have a good number of bento containers already–some that look very similar to the Hero, actually. Take a look:
The Hero (blue) looks most similar to Easylunchboxes (top right, with a purple lid). Quite honestly, I thought it would be too similar. After spending some time using it, though, I realized the Hero has carved out its own niche in my kitchen cabinets for a couple reasons:
- The Hero is huge. Not only are the overall dimensions larger, but it’s deeper, too. It’s not necessarily a good thing or bad thing, but definitely a thing depending on how you pack, and who you’re packing for. If you’re packing light, or for a small child, it’s easy for the food to look a bit swallowed up by the container. However, the size is great for older kids, adults, multiple kids sharing, long outings, etc. I think that’s where this container really shines. The Hero is no wimp.
- Those two little containers are everything. They’re included in the set, and each container fits in any of the three compartments. That means they can instantly take up space in the large section if needed ( a little phone-booth-style transformation, if you will) and make the whole layout flexible. It’s also nice to keep them inside the Hero so that your kid won’t lose them or forget to use them during lunch.
- It’s bright. This may seem trivial, but a saturated, fun color could help a reluctant kid be more attracted to eating his lunch (and a sleepy parent at 6am be more attracted to packing it).
Here’s how I used it:
That’s four slices of bread stacked, to give you an idea of its depth. The amount of food I packed is perfect for my nine-year-old, and plenty for him to eat for lunch and for a scheduled snacktime in his classroom.
All in all, I have a feeling I’ll be calling on the Hero a lot this coming school year.
Star Sandwich Tutorial
Sometimes all a boring sandwich needs is a little facelift. Here’s a brief tutorial on how to use the container as a sandwich cutter and make the two-toned star.
- Use the container as a cutter on a slice of dark sandwich bread. I used Pepperidge Farm’s “dark wheat”. Wiggle side to side until you feel the edges cut through the bread completely.
- Push in gently on one side until it’s easy to take out the bread.
- Use a star-shaped cookie cutter, again wiggling from side to side. Set aside.
- Use the star-shaped cookie cutter on a slice of light bread.
- Push the star-shaped bread from bottom to top until it comes out the top. This molds the cut edges completely to the shape so that you don’t get any scraggly edges.
- Pop it into the negative space you made with the first slice of bread.
Easy! I made pb&j with these, but if you wanted to use deli meat or other filling, you’d just have to cut everything to size.