It seems I’m taking an unplanned blogging break. We are less than two weeks out from the start of kindergarten and I’m trying to get ready for all that entails. Who knew that finding the proper school supplies would require all of my brain power AND trips to 4 different stores. It seriously shouldn’t be that hard.
Now I’m trying to figure out what the best options are for packed school lunches. I’m not so much worried as to what food I’ll be packing, I’m more concerned with what containers I’ll be using to hold the food and how I can keep the food at safe temperatures.
I read this article about the 99% of packed lunches that are not at the proper temperature:
I have had a few courses in Food Microbiology throughout my undergrad and graduate work, so keeping food the proper temperatures is more than just a common concern for me. I’m kinda known as the control freak who insists that leftovers be placed in the fridge IMMEDIATELY after the meal. It drives my extended family batty. My husband and kids don’t know any different. :)
Then I consider all the BPA and PVC and Lead-leaking issues of plastics and many traditional school lunch boxes, and I have to worry about more than just keeping the food the proper temperature. Now I have to keep the food sufficiently chilled and sufficiently toxin-free. Uffda.
Plus there is the whole environmental impact of plastic sandwich bags, wrappers and such. Bang head against wall now.
My little girl picked out a lunchbox at Target that says it’s ‘Ultra Safe, pvc free and lead and phthalate safe.’ It also looks like a dog, which was the main selling point for her.
I’m trying to talk her into this one instead:
I may compromise and just buy the containers:
I also like this Crocodile Creek lunch box, but, alas, it does not have a puppy on the front. Whole Foods carries this line, as well as Amazon.
In my searching I’ve also come across this site/product and it seems intriguing:
The entire lunchbox is frozen, eliminating the need for an added ice pack. Still, no puppy design available…
What do you think? Any of my mama readers have a product that you love?