5 Creative Ways to Keep Your Lunch Box Icy Cold
How to Keep Your Lunch Box Cold
Keeping your lunch cold until time to eat can be tricky when refrigeration is not an option. But if you use an insulated lunch bag, gel packs, and other frozen items, you can keep your lunch frosty and chilled until you’re ready to sit down and chow down.
Using an Insulated Lunch Bag
Select an insulated lunch bag that suits your needs.You can keep your food colder longer if you use an insulated lunch bag. If you use an insulated bag, you can carry yummies for your lunch that you would not be able to using just a brown paper lunch bag.
- You can have much more variety in your lunches this way, carrying cut fruits, dairy, salads, and meats that normally require refrigeration.
Go with a bento box if you have many items that need separating.They come with many smaller containers inside, so you can keep cheese cubes away from mini-carrots. Your lunch will stay cool and fresh all day within these boxes that now come in insulated varieties.
- This is also a great option if you're packing lunch for your kids!
Choose a cooler-style box if you're packing a larger lunch.This is especially great for teens and adults, as it leaves room for extra snacks and more than one drink. Some can even hold two lunches, which is a great option for couples who work together.
Pick a freezable bag for ease and convenience.You can place the entire thing in the freezer overnight. Because they incorporate both insulation and gel packs, you can save time as you will not have to spend extra time loading additional ice packs. Also, you can store some of these bags flat to take up minimal space in your freezer.
Read the manufacturer’s suggestions.Companies often include important tips and tricks on inserts and tags. Read and use them to keep your lunch cold and your bag in great condition.
- Clean your bag after every use to keep it sanitary. Bacteria can grow even on the smallest of bread crumbs.
Cooling Your Contents
Freeze gel or ice packs overnight.You can use the packs that came with your bag or purchase them from grocery or discount stores. These packs are durable, readily available, and inexpensive.
- You can keep your lunch even colder by using several in the same bag.
Freeze water bottles or unopened juice boxes overnight.You can place your water bottles or juice in the freezer the night before you plan to pack them. They will help to keep your lunch bag colder and will be thawed for drinking by the time lunch break rolls around.
Place any stainless steel containers in the freezer, as well.You can put your stainless steel water bottles or containers in the freezer to chill them. If you chill them first, your cold food and drink will be placed into even colder containers. Just fill with your cold food, pack them in your bag, and you're all set.
Keep your cold foods at 40 °F (4 °C) or below.Bacteria can grow on food at temperatures above these. This step is not just for taste, but for safety’s sake, as well. Then you'll have a lunch as cool as you are!
- Follow manufacturer’s directions regarding your bag or box, regardless of the type you choose.
- Completely dry any containers after washing and before use.
- Freeze a water soaked sponge and place it in a Ziploc bag to create a no mess ice pack. No more leaks in your lunchbox!
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