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Keep Your Child's Lunch Safe

I pack lunches for my children, but I sometimes worry that the food won't stay at a safe temperature until lunchtime. What can I do?
Keep Your Child's Lunch Safe

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Invest in an insulated, soft-sided lunch bag, which will help keep cold foods cold. If you use paper bags, double-bag the lunch to help insulate the food. Freeze juice boxes and use them to keep the food chilled. Your child will appreciate the cold juice at lunchtime.

If you pack warm foods such as soup or chili, use an insulated container. Before adding the food, fill the container with boiling water and let it stand for a few minutes. Empty the water, then add your hot food.


Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service


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