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The story behind Yumbox and FAQs

The Story Behind Yumbox & FAQs

Yumbox Inspiration

Inspiration for Yumbox came from the French school lunches. The emphasis in France is on balance, variety, taste and nutrition. Yumbox was dreamed up to allow the replication of that same balance and nutrition for kids, regardless of location. Now everyone (even kids) can pack a nutritionally balanced meal using Yumbox!

Yumbox founders realised building a meals-on-the-go box that would accommodate a variety of foods would need some fresh ideas. The idea was to create a box housing a bento-like tray, with one lid that sealed all compartments; designated food groups to encourage and assist parents in packing a balanced meal; built-in portion control; a cool design and illustrations to make this little box more of an adventure in good nutrition than just plain old lunch!

These were the seeds to creating Yumbox.

Yumbox Philosophy

The Mediterranean diet which reinforces moderation and balance champions the concept of Yumbox. Yumbox’s hope is that using a Yumbox will help kids to easily integrate those concepts into their lifestyle. While Yumbox is fun to use and a pleasure to pack, it is also an educational tool that helps children develop healthy eating habits. Encourage your kids to pack their own Yumbox and soon they will be making healthy choices for themselves.

Yumbox is easy for kids to use and a cinch for parents to pack. It cleans easily, will save you money, and will help you to reduce waste. And no, you do not have to make rice bunnies to create a Yumbox meal - unless you want to!

Yumbox Frequently Asked Questions

Is Yumbox leakproof?

Yes. Yumbox is a leakproof container. Yumbox’s silicone lid engages with the tray to create a tight seal keeping food contents in place, including wet foods like yogurt and applesauce (not water). Foods will not leak between compartments or outside of the box.

How do I pack wet foods?

Yumbox is designed to hold wet foods but not liquids. To ensure that food stays in place and does not leak to other compartments, follow these 4 Easy Steps:

1) Do not overfill compartments (an overfilled compartment could cause another to leak as well);

2) Remove any excess liquid from canned fruit, applesauce and yogurts;

3) Keep contents cool by adding an ice pack to your lunch tote;

4) When closing Yumbox, press down on the lid with the palm of your hand and snap latch to closed position to create the best seal.

Do not pack yogurt drinks, soups or runny/watery dressings.

Do pack foods with the consistency of ranch dressing, ketchup, chunky salsas, hummus, yogurt, and veggie dips. These are all great options. Some oily vinaigrettes may leak out of the dip well. One trick that can help keep vinaigrettes in place is to dress the salad and top it with a few croutons. The croutons will absorb excess oil/liquid and keep the vinaigrette from seeping into a neighbouring compartment. If you are not sure if your food choice is too liquidy to pack, we suggest that you conduct a quick test before sending your child to school with that food. Simply add the test food to a compartment, close Yumbox properly and give it a good shake (or leave it on its side for 10 min.). Set Yumbox back to normal position and open to see the results.

Is Yumbox dishwasher safe?

Yes, Yumbox is dishwasher safe. Top rack only. We highly recommend hand washing the outer shell and/or removing it before the heat dry cycle. Yumbox has been tested at temperature 65C/149F, 110 min. cycle. Yumbox is made with ABS (exterior box), Tritan (tray), and silicone (seal). Yumbox is designed with rounded edges and smooth surfaces to make hand washing easy.

Special Care instructions for the silicone seal: Please be sure to empty contents each day, hand wash with warm soapy water and thoroughly dry your Yumbox before storing. Also, if you live in a damp or humid environment, leave Yumbox ajar, not sealed when storing. If you pack oily foods regularly, coat with a baking soda paste once a week overnight to avoid build-up.

How do I carry Yumbox?

Yumbox is compact and fits neatly in standard size insulated lunch bags.

Is Yumbox food safe?

Yes. All materials are food-safe, BPA-Free, Phthalates-free and are CPSIA and FDA compliant.

Is Yumbox microwavable?

Yumbox's exterior shell is not microwave safe. We do not recommend microwaving the inner tray. Yumbox is designed for serving cold or room temperature foods. If foods that require reheating are being packed, we recommend using removable silicone cups.

Is Yumbox thermal?

No. Yumbox is not made with thermal materials. If adding food like yogurt, which should be kept cold, we recommend packing Yumbox in an insulated bag with an ice pack to keep contents cool.

How big is Yumbox?

Yumbox is perfect for little kids! Yumbox is compact and can be carried in standard size totes. It also fits neatly on the lunch table.

Yumbox Original and Yumbox Panino dimensions in a closed position are approximately 8.5 (l) x 6.5 (w) x 1.8 (h) inches and weighs 1 lbs 1.5 oz.

Yumbox MiniSnack in a closed positions is 5.8 (l) x 4 (w) x 2 (h) inches and weighs 10 oz.

What portions does Yumbox accommodate?

Yumbox now has a range of designs to make packing lunch for everyone easy!

Yumbox Original 6-compartment food tray, is perfect for toddlers through age 8 who like variety. It accommodates five 1/2 cup portions of the five main food groups plus one dip/treat well. The illustrated trays reinforce healthy balanced meal packing.

Yumbox Panino 4-compartment food tray is sandwich-friendly. This is a great option for kids and adults of all ages that prefer sandwich and salad style lunches. It has one large sandwich size section (2 cups) with two smaller 1/2 cup sides plus a 1 oz dip/treat well.

Yumbox MiniSnack is perfect for anyone that snacks. It has 3 compartments: 3/4 cup, 1/3 cup serving plus dip well.

Is Yumbox’s tray removable?

Yes. Yumbox’s tray fits snuggly in the bottom half of the exterior box. It can be removed easily for cleaning, packing or for at home use. In fact, kids love eating their meals out of Yumbox’s tray at home too! The first time you open Yumbox, you may find that the tray is slightly difficult to remove. After initial removal, it will return to its comfortably snug fit.

Are Yumbox’s trays interchangeable?

No. While the 6-compartment trays may fit in 4-compartment outer boxes, and vise versa, they will not create a seal and do not have a perfect fit to prevent leaking or spills.

Can I pack a Yumbox lunch the night before and store it in the fridge?

Yes. Yumbox acts as an excellent storage container. The seal keeps foods fresh for days in the fridge.