Packing a Safe Lunch

Do you brown bag lunch 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.

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.

It is important to keep pets off the counters. Dogs can't usually get on them. But cats can jump high and sometimes get on the counters in the kitchen. Train your cats not to jump on the counters.

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 your leftovers are a few days old, find something else to put in the lunch. If you aren't sure if the leftover is still any good, throw it out.

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