It's back to school time, and for many of us that means it's lunchbox time! Read on for how to get that insulated food thermos ready, tips on packing lunches that are safe to eat, and 10 creative lunchbox ideas.
Insulated Food Jars
An insulated food jar opens the door to all kinds of lunch possibilities. Healthy, homemade pasta dishes, hearty soups and even last night's leftovers can all be kept hot and at a safe temperature with these! Here are a few tips that may come in handy:
- Not all thermoses are created equal. Use a good quality vacuum insulated food jar.
- Make sure your child can open the thermos by themselves. This goes for any foods being packed in a lunchbox!
- How you put foods in the jar is important. Before adding food, fill the jar with boiling water and let stand a few minutes. Empty the water and fill with steaming hot food.
- Try this at home before sending to school (or taking to work!) to make sure the food stays at a safe temperature: Test the temperature of the food with an instant read food thermometer 4-6 hours after packing. For optimal safety, hot items should be above...