Picnicking with HydrateM8 Food Pot – Review | With Vegetarian Pasta Recipe


Yesterday, I introduced you to the HydrateM8 – Reusable Water Bottles. Today – I’d like to introduce you to their Food Pots. I know, I know, picnicking is all about cold sandwiches etc, but who’s to say we can’t bring hot food too, right?

HydrateM8 has challenged us to come up with a cold and a hot dish and to test out their food pot use. We were given the Black and the Pink 500 ML Food Pot to test out. I’ve decided to take our Dragon Fruit with us that has been chilling in our fridge to go into the Pink Pot and also cooked a vegetarian pasta meal to go into the Black Pot.


Here’s our vegetarian pasta recipe:

Picnicking with HydrateM8 Food Pot - Review

Picnicking with HydrateM8 Food Pot - Review
5 from 2 votes

Vegetarian Pasta

Course Brunch, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine British, Italian
Keyword Pasta, Picnic, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 Hydratem8 Food Pot


  • 1/2 cup dried pasta
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)
  • 1/4 onions (chopped)
  • 1 carrot (chopped)
  • 4 cherry tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 handful of basil leaves (chopped)


Cooking the pasta

  1. Place dried pasta in pot. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and 1 tsp of olive oil (to prevent the pasta sticking to the pot). Pour water to cover the pasta and cook on medium high until they are al dente. Drained and leave to one side.

Cooking the pasta dish

  1. Cook chopped garlic in pan with olive oil until brown on medium heat.

  2. Add onions and cooked until brown and soft.

  3. Add the carrots and cook until carrots are al dente.

  4. Add the cherry tomatoes and mix follow by the drained pasta. Mixed well together.

  5. Add the basil leaves. Mixed well together and seasons with salt and pepper to taste.

  6. Place in Hydratem8 Food Pot ready for picnicking. 


FOOD  POTS – The Test

Picnicking with HydrateM8 Food Pot - Review


First of all, the design – okay, it a little bulky than the usual plastic takeaway tub, but my word I does keep its heat and coolness in. The pasta I’ve cooked for our little picnic after the kiddos school’s day an hour later the pasta inside was still steaming hot! And my dragon fruit was still nice, fresh and juicy too! That’s because their triple layered food pot will keep your food hot for 12 hours and cold for 24 hours! This insulated metal food flask has air-tight lid that keeps the flavour locked up until you tuck in. Isn’t this great?!

Hydratem8’s innovative technology has durable stainless steel inside and out. With it’s wide rim, it makes it easy to fill. It also comes with a foldable spoon, (E&E especially like this feature – as they like examine how the spoon arm unfold itself out). The food pot is perfectly safe to pick up when hot. It is also easy to clean. I’ve just rinsed it and placed it inside the dishwasher. It came out fine – nice and clean.


Picnicking with HydrateM8 Food Pot - Review


Hydratem8’s has also given us a PRO TIP too: “To maximise heat retention, pre-heat your food pot with hot water for 5 minutes, with the lid on, before adding your food (please be careful when pouring out the hot water).”


This is perfect for picnics, packed lunches, camping and hiking too. Such an easy and quick thing to do, as your food can be ready in no time.

Our food pot’s size can contain 500ml of food volume. It’s height is 13.5cm and width: 11cm. So it is small enough to go into my rucksack when going out and about. But if you wish to make eating outdoor fun last even longer, then the 700ml Food Pot is also available too.



Our Verdict


Would I recommend Hydratem8 Food Pot? Yes! I would. I know the price is a little huffy coming at £20.99 for the 500 ml pot and at £23.99 for the 700 ml pot – but these will last you for years! I also think it is so much versatile than it looks. The things it can be use for. You can use it to carry your favourite soup to your office or even ice cream perhaps, especially in this heat weave! We all need all the cooling down as much as we can. This does not only make perfect for office lunches, night workers, outdoor picnics but also ‘food on the go’ too!


Plus currently, there is a promotion going on at the moment.

+ FREE DELIVERY OVER £40 (UK). Use code:




We are certain you’ll enjoy using these as much as we do. Grab the ones you want now, before it sold out! Your welcome! 🙂


Also do check out our Hydratem8 – Reusable Water bottles Review too!


Thank you for reading!

Su x

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Picnicking with HydrateM8 Food Pot - Review



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Su {Ethan & Evelyn}

Su blogs at Ethan & Evelyn. Ethan (7) & Evelyn (4) are her children. Her blog was originally an online diary but quickly transformed. She blogs about their life adventures of her experiences of motherhood, lifestyle, food, crafts, and travel. Her blog was awarded the Coupon Machine Travel Blog Top100 (#37) in 2016. The #MadBlogAwards 2016 Nominated for Best Craft Blog, Best Family Travel Blog, and Best Preschool Blog. She is a now a Freelance Writer, a Photographer, Co-creator of #ExplorerKids IG community. Host of #FabFridayPost and #ExplorerKids Linkys. And a Kids Yoga Teacher too! Connect with her on Twitter & Instagram @ethannevelyn

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  1. Mother of 3
    04/07/2018 / 12:25 pm

    These would have come in handy when I was packing school lunches; my kids never ate sandwiches and I was always looking for way to pack them pasta or leftover from dinner the night before. Pinned.

    • 09/07/2018 / 11:11 pm

      Wow! I admire you for not packing sandwiches when you are out and about. But yes, these would be great for hot food such as pasta. I know if I work in an office environment I’d want to take one of these to work for sure. 🙂 x

  2. 05/07/2018 / 9:24 am

    Another fab idea, like you say a bit pricey compared to other pots but they’ll definitely last a lifetime and perfect for festivals or camping!!! Thanks for sharing! x

    • 09/07/2018 / 11:13 pm

      Most welcome Emma. I’m glad it is useful. These little babies will be going with us this Summer Camping for sure. 🙂 x

  3. 05/07/2018 / 10:58 am

    I love the looks of these – they are very stylish and seem to do the trick and keeping food at the right temperature.

    • 09/07/2018 / 11:16 pm

      Yes, I was very impress with that. Now I can have hot on the go instead of cold sandwiches.

  4. 09/07/2018 / 5:41 pm

    The food pots look lovely – so colourful and classy and stylish! 🙂
    Glad to know you’ve had a great experience with them!

    • 09/07/2018 / 11:18 pm

      Yes, I’m so impressed with these little babies. All I need now is more recipe on the go to go inside.

  5. 13/07/2018 / 10:15 am

    What great products, I am all for championing the reusable water bottles and food pots. We all need to be doing this to help stop the use of single-use plastic polluting our environment and oceans. The triple layer food pot sounds really good and although may seem pricey as you say they will last for years and keeps your food hot or cold and fresh! thank you for sharing these products I had not seem them before.

  6. 13/07/2018 / 12:25 pm

    What a marvelous idea! I would enjoy using these!


  7. 13/07/2018 / 6:03 pm

    I can’t wait to give this recipe a try. With the nice weather I want to go on SO many picnics but just don’t have the energy to make things that are going to be good for us – it’s so easy to just pick things up on the way! But will definitely be giving this one a test 🙂 #fabfridaypost

    • 19/07/2018 / 10:37 pm

      There nothing quite like hot food and chill fresh fruits. 🙂 x

  8. 15/07/2018 / 10:19 am

    My family in India would always have hot food for picnics, using the traditional tiffin, but these hot pots look like a step up. For me, picnics are definitely cold food meals!

    • 19/07/2018 / 10:42 pm

      Yes! We use tiffin in Thailand too, but these losses their heat so much quicker than these hydratem8 food pot. I’d highly recommend these if you are looking for chill cold food meals. 🙂 x

  9. Bernie
    19/08/2018 / 5:56 pm

    Hi, great review.
    I can not decide between the 500 and 700ml. Is the 500 big enough to fit a good portion of rice and chilli/curry in?

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