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Packing a Safe Lunch



Packing a Safe Lunch
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.63

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     challenging words:    brown-bag, lunchbox, pasta, layer, counters, separate, longer, save, double, mayonnaise, packing, pets, hurried, container, choice, safety


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Packing a Safe Lunch
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Do you brown-bag it to save money? Maybe you pack a lunch for someone to take to work or school. If the lunch isn't kept cold, it can be the perfect place for bacteria to grow. When packing a lunch, you need to remember the rules about food safety.
 
2     Start with a clean kitchen. Every counter that will have food on it should be cleaned before you start. You should also make sure to wash your hands with warm, soapy water. Make sure you use clean dishes to put the food in.
 
3     It is important to keep pets off the counters. Dogs can't usually get on them. But cats can jump that high and get on the counters in the kitchen. Train your cats not to jump on the counters.
 
4     Use fresh foods to make the lunch. Leftovers from last night's dinner can be a great choice for lunch the next day. But if you sat around the table after eating, or the food was out for more than two hours, find something else to put in the lunch. If you aren't sure if the leftover is still any good, throw it out.
 
5     When packing lunches, do what you can to keep cold foods cold. The longer you can keep the foods cold in the refrigerator, the better. If you are planning to take a pasta salad or a sandwich, pack it the night before and leave it in the refrigerator. This will keep it cold overnight. Put everything in a separate dish. This will help more of it stay cold, instead of just the outside of the food.

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