When it comes to hacks for lunchbox packing that make the job easier, quicker and cheaper…you can’t look past Kmart to help you lift your lunchbox game. I’ve got the best super cheap kmart lunchbox hacks here for you. To help you with: prep, prettiness and packing. So let’s go! Here are 13 super cheap Kmart lunchbox hacks.
- Boil the perfect egg every.single.time.
The Kmart drop in egg timer ensures that your eggs are perfect. Just pop it into the pan with the eggs and water and bring to the boil. The colour changes to show you when your eggs are done to the right consistency. Couldn’t be easier, right? And for $1.50? So basically you will never crack open your eggs for the lunchbox to find them not done enough!
- Make perfect round pikelets.
With silicone egg rings. When you make pikelets like these raspberry porridge pikelets, you want them to rise perfectly and look awesome and the best way to do that? Silicone egg rings. You get a two pack from Kmart, just spray with oil before use pop the mixture into them and you are good to go! And did I mention they are $1.50 for 2??
- Chop your veg in advance.
Glass containers that seal well are amazing for prepping fruit and veggies in advance. These little ones are $4 each and perfect for storing enough chopped veg for a day or two! Just chop, put it in and seal. I do it at dinner time when prepping salad or other veg and then I don’t even realise the extra time it takes.
- Get a silicone mini loaf pan (or 5) they are so cheap at $5 and are perfect for making these choc chip chia mini loaves, or setting muesli bars, or lcms!
They are so easy to use and everything comes out of them really easily. Being rectangular they are awesome for the lunchbox. I tend to halve them and put half in recess and half in the lunchbox.
- Cut things up cutely!
Don’t spend a fortune on heart cutters for sandwiches, mini pizzas and whatever else you want to make cute, grab a set of these cookie cutters. They come in hearts, stars and crimped circles and are awesome for everything from cookies to pastry, pizza dough to mini sandwiches! At $1.50 you’d be silly to not give them a go.
- Make nori free stuffed sushi a breeze with the giant ice-cube mould.
Just cook your sushi rice, pop it in the bottom, add your filling and top with more rice. Refrigerate and remove when set for adorable little square sushi! They stay together well and are super easy to make without the rolling and the nori. If your kids like the nori flavour, you can add a square of it to the top and bottom if you’re feeling super ambitious. Did I mention this ice cube tray will set you back a cool $1.50?
- Make lunches cute with these skewers from the party section!
Just out whatever tickles your fancy on them as everything is more appealing to kids when it’s on a skewer! Whether you do deconstructed sandwiches, fruit skewers and veggies and cheese, it’s sure to make the lunch more fun! They are $2 a pack from the party section. You may need to snip the end off, but that is easy to do with kitchen scissors.
- Divide up a large lunchbox with silicone cupcake liner to make a bento style container.
It’s the perfect way to cheat and keep foods from touching each other at the same time! It doesn’t work for wet food but at $1.50 for 6 it’s a cheap way to find out if a bento box will help your kids eat better.
Head to the party section for disposable wooden cutlery for the kids lunchboxes if they are kids that lose stuff! They are sturdy and won’t break in your hand or break your budget. You get 18 pieces in a pack for $2. If your kids are a little more careful with their belongings, then this pack ($2) will do them for eating anything that shouldn’t be eaten with their hands (YES MISS 7 THAT MEANS PASTA SALAD).
- Mini containers keep going missing?
Yep mine too! So bit the bullet and use a cheap one for crunch and sip! This one is only $2 and comes in two designs.
- Clean up!
For novelty factor when packing messy foods, I like to pop a small napkin in the lunchbag. These cute ones are $1.50 a pack and perfect for lunchboxes. They are in the party section.
- Prep quicker.
When it come to chopping veggies, the quickest way to do it is with a chopper like this one! There are lots of option, from grating and shredding through to crinkle cutting! Excellent for making salad sandwiches. We use it for meal prep to make life in the kitchen easier. It’s $12 but that’s a fraction of the cost of other similar choppers on the market.
- Stop chopping boards sliding all over the bench.
So it’s not just lunchtime prep that needs a stable chopping board, but seriously, if you have a chopping board that you need to hold, pop one of these pot holders under it, it keeps it in place! And at $1.50 it’s perfect as a pot holder with hot pots on the table too!
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