Giveaway: Jars To Go Lunch Tote

ticking lunch bag

During my tenure as a full-time office employee, I packed my breakfast and lunch up in canning jars on a near-daily basis. I drank iced coffee out of a pint and a half jar, spooned yogurt out of a wide mouth pint and toted servings of soup around in whatever mason jar would do the job.

The one issue I always had with this food in glass habit was that the jars were prone to clanking in my lunch bag. Many times, I wished for a bag that kept them padded and contained.

mason jar lunch tote

Recently (and without knowing about my desire for such a product), the owner of the Etsy shop called A Tiny Forest got in touch. Kim wanted to know if I’d be interested in checking out her design. It was a handmade cloth lunch bag, fitted with padded sleeves that were intended to keep a pair of canning jars firmly in place. Of course I said yes.

When it arrived, I did my fair share of cooing and squealing over this sweet little bag (each one comes with a coordinating cloth napkin, a touch that makes me love it all the more). I even packed myself a little picnic as an excuse to use it. It does an excellent job of keeping the jars secure while still being roomy (and sturdy) enough to hold a piece of fruit and a big container of salad (or whatever other item you feel moved to add).

lunch tote

The bags come in a number of fabric choices and each one is delightful. With September just around the corner, treating oneself to a new lunch bag seems like the right choice (I don’t know about there rest of you, but I’ve never lost the desire for new pens, notebooks and back packs come Fall).

If a new lunch tote isn’t in the budget right now, you may also be in luck. Because Kim is lovely, she’s letting me give one of her sturdy bags away here on the blog. The winner even gets to choose the fabric, so if the classic blue striped number you see above doesn’t float your boat, there are many others to choose from. Here’s what to do to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite home-packed lunch is.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, August 17.Β Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Saturday, August 18, 2012.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: A Tiny Forest sent me a one of their lunch totes for trial and review and are providing an additional bag for giveaway purposes. My opinions, as always, remain entirely my own.Β 


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1,075 Responses to Giveaway: Jars To Go Lunch Tote

  1. 151

    Love the idea and material selections. My fav lunch is roasted red pepper hummus with tuna, lettuce and tomato with whole wheat crackers or whole wheat pita!

  2. 152
    Beth says:

    I usually pack dinner leftovers, but my favorite thing is a lettuce, avocado, and quinoa salad.

  3. 153
    Julie says:

    Salad in the summer and soup once it starts getting cold. Never have left overs…I feed my teenage son and all his friends!

  4. 154
    Marleah says:

    I love using recycled glass jars to pack lunches and have been using them for several years now! One of my favorites is leftover taco salad – beans, rice, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole – topped with a crushed taco shell of course!

  5. 155
    Jessica DeSpain says:

    I like to freeze soups so that they are thawed enough to heat up by the time lunch rolls around

  6. 156
    Hilary says:

    It probably sounds weird, but beans, spicy rice, and a side salad. Yum!

  7. 157
    BAHKE says:

    Leftovers for lunch for me.

  8. 158
    Rebecca says:

    I love packing leftovers for lunch in jars, especially stew in the winter. I also often pack my yogurt, fruit and granola in a jar for a late breakfast. Those bags are a great idea!

  9. 159
    Jen says:

    I love packing soup in the winter! But in the summer… fruit salad, chilled drinks, & salads. When in a morning rush, I sometimes put granola or dry cereal in a jar to easily shake-eat when in the car! Great for kids snacks too as the jars fit in our cup holders!

  10. 160
    Christienne says:

    Favorite lunch is lately a salad.. trying to drop some pounds!!

  11. 161
    Kathy says:

    LOVE this!

    I take a quart of iced chai tea with heavy whipping cream, and a wide mouth pint of whatever layered. I don’t work outside the home, but I always take my own food when I go somewhere because of diet issues. This weekend it was chicken diced and coated with a mixture of trader joe’s real mayo and trader joe’s garlic aioli, chopped romaine and cherry tomatoes.


  12. 162
    Angie says:

    Taco salad or cauliflower soup πŸ™‚ and peaches, I love taking my canned peaches!

  13. 163
    Emily M says:

    Pasta salad!

  14. 164
    Debra Meadow says:

    Leftovers with a dollop of homemade sauerkraut and a jar of homemade beet kvass or kombucha. In a smaller jar I take crispy almonds and a coconut butter square for a snack.

  15. 165
    leanne says:

    I usually bring last night’s dinner leftovers as my work lunch. If we don’t have any leftovers, then lunch is usually a couple of hard boiled eggs (I do a dozen of them at the beginning of the week), some cut of veggies, a few crackers, and a few cubes of cheese.

  16. 166
    Elissa says:

    My favorite home packed lunch is a giant green salad with lots of veggies. Homemade dressing, of course, comes along in a mason jar!

  17. 167
    Susan says:

    I take my lunch to work along with my ice coffee. I work night shift so tend to eat lighter but I pack my ice coffee and youagrt with fruit in pint jars and wrap them carefully in tea towels before packing into a traditional lunch box.

  18. 168
    sara says:

    Soooo cute! My favorite homepacked lunch is leftovers because I have a microwave at work, but not at home, so it’s my chance to heat them up easily and enjoy the meal a second time!

  19. 169
    Jessica says:

    My favorite home-packed lunch would have to be an avocado, tomato, and sprout sandwich on fresh bread, accompanied by a homemade juice in one of my 5 dozen Ball jars. Toss in a piece of dark chocolate, and you’ve got yourself one happy gal πŸ™‚

  20. 170

    Soup and Salad in jars is my favorite lunch to go. This is an amazing idea!!!!!

  21. 171
    Cyndi Packer says:

    My favorite home packed lunch is a home canned jar of my personal vegetable soup made with everything from my garden and even herbs from the herb garden. I can enjoy other fancy meals, I have canned, but this simple meal is always my favorite, it reminds me of my mother and mam-maw, being a kid and knowing their soup always healed all wounds. I like to take a few pieces of cornbread and a splat of butter in another jar, dump it in a bowl with the soup on top and it is a meal fit for a King or Pauper.

  22. 172
    Aimee G says:

    Yogurt and fruit for a snack and leftovers or salad fixins are my go-tos.

  23. 173
    Melissa says:

    I love taking leftovers to lunch. Especially those meals that need a few days to really develop their flavor, like meatloaf, shepherd’s pie and lasagne. But then again, when produce is at its peak, I love packing little containers of fresh, chopped veggies and a pile of hummus on a bed of arugula….it’s like a picnic in the middle of the day!

  24. 174
    Tabitha says:

    What a great idea! I love taking yogurt parfais and jars work so well. A little cookie or other goodie should always be included in the lunch as well:). Thanks!

  25. 175
    Kris says:

    These days – gazpacho! I don’t have to heat it up – just put in a jar and when lunch time rolls around, take it out of the fridge and head to the park with a book and my spoon πŸ™‚

  26. 176
    Anna says:

    What a cute bag! My favorite packed lunch is brown rice salad! So filling and easy to prepare ahead of time.

  27. 177
    Sherry says:

    I love these totes, what a great idea for those of us who pack their lunch this way! I enjoy taking a pint jar of kefir yogurt, a pint of whatever delicious snack I have femented recently, and a quart jar with a mix of albacore, mustard, and kefir that I eat with crackers. It’s a yummy lunch!

  28. 178
    Hannah says:

    I’m all about salads–preferably bacon salad with sesame seeds, carrots, and zucchini!

  29. 179
    Kim says:

    Leftovers are my go to lunch, I substitute teach so those are the easiest thing to grab when I get the call!

  30. 180
    Shannon says:

    Soups in the winter and salad in the summer. Both packed in jars!

  31. 181

    I LOVE various forms of quinoa salads – especially with nuts and cut up fruit like apricots, peaches, raisins, cranberries, etc.!

  32. 182

    I love soup! Lentils and veggies!

  33. 183
    andrea says:

    soup of all kinds! I lurv soup and use my mason jars for it all the time. I can’t wait for soup season….mmmm soup…..

  34. 184
    shannon r says:

    that’s adorable! I love to take soup.

  35. 185
    Karen says:

    Leftovers but if there isn’t any then usually a frozen meal and some canned applesauce!

  36. 186
    Amy Dempster says:

    I love taking salads to work and I was having this exact problem this morning when packing my lunch!!

  37. 187
    Sarah says:

    Chili, its so yummy, flavorful and packed full of goodness!

  38. 188
    T Thomas says:

    I love to bring fresh salads or green beans. I just bring in the beans from the pantry shelf and warm them up!! This bag rocks!!! I may have to some to pack home canned Christmas presents in!!!

  39. 189
    AKing says:

    I love packing my lunch in jars and this bag would be perfect! Sooo cute! I like to take homemade soup, salad, and some crackers and cheese.

  40. 190
    Dani says:

    I LOVE cheese and gluten free crackers topped with a little of the jam-of-the-moment. So tasty and quick.

  41. 191
    Elaine Vail says:

    I actually had never thought to take canning jars for lunch! What a great idea! My favorite to-go lunch is a turkey wrap with avocado dip, lettuce, and tomato.

  42. 192
    marlon says:

    I like putting together a nice big salad, with any veggies I can get my hands on. Chickpeas, corn, edamame, geen peppers, tomato, cucumber… Yum!

  43. 193
    Katie says:

    what a great giveaway! My favorite is salad– preferable from the garden.

  44. 194
    Simone says:

    I still take Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches to work! I can’t give them up.

  45. 195
    Andrea says:

    Usually a sandwich, but I’m going to try food in Mason jars when school starts in a few weeks. I can see salads and soups in my future, as well as jars of iced tea!

  46. 196

    With two babies under 2, it is all about leftovers, especially heartyy pasta dishes and vegetables stewed in tomatoes over rice. This bag would also be perfect for packing picnics for me and the kids.

  47. 197
    Elaine Waskovich says:

    Soup and yogurt with frozen fruit allowed to melt come afternoon snacktime for a pick-me-up!!

    • 197.1
      Janet Burgoyne says:

      My favorite lunch is tuna with avocado on crackers, cottage cheese with pineapple and blueberries, and icy cold water to drink. πŸ™‚

  48. 198
    Teresa Doppelmayr says:

    Often take my lunch in canning jars. Would love to see one of these

  49. 199
    Amanda F says:

    I love a good salad in a jar and some homeade soup.

  50. 200
    BellaDonna says:

    i would say salads, or leftovers!