If your kids have been to or are attending school, then you are familiar with the stress of trying to keep school lunches cold. Preserving the low temperatures to accommodate foods like fruit juices, yogurt, or salads is possible with the right packaging and preparation.
Certain foods need to be stored in cold temperatures to keep them safe for eating by your kids.
Simple hacks to keep school lunches cold
It is possible to keep school lunches cold. You’ll find these ideas useful and affordable.
Use A Thermos
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A thermos is mainly for storing hot beverages and foods, but with the right trick, it works just fine as a cooler. Simply pre-cool the thermos with ice water for storing cold foods. These could be cold foods like a frozen fruit sorbet or frozen yogurt.
It is easy to find a proper thermos, compact enough to keep your child’s school lunch colder for longer. Make sure that the thermos that you choose for your child will fit into their lunch bags.
It’s important that the thermos you buy to keep school lunches cold is leak-proof. I know the frustration of a kid returning from school with a messy lunch bag. It’s also stressful for the kid if they find the lunch soaked in yogurt during lunch.
Freeze Water Or Juice Bottles Overnight
I don’t know any parents of school-going children who haven’t done this. I’ve done it when my kids were still in public school. It is as easy as freezing your child’s water or juice bottle overnight, then place it with their lunch in the morning. This tactic can help keep cold foods like yogurt creamy and thick for longer. Yogurt becomes runny and thin once it gets heat exposure.
The frozen liquid will thaw over time and keep your child’s food cool and safe.
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Ice packs are designed for the sole purpose of keeping your kid’s lunch cooler and cooler. They perform the same task as the frozen juice bottles. Always go for the slim designs in order to save space.
Insulated lunch boxes and bags
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Insulated lunch boxes and lunch bags normally come with cold gel packs that will keep school lunches cold for a prolonged time. The insulation keeps food warm, cold, and fresh. Needless to say, you will use the gel packs when you need to keep the child’s lunch cool.
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