There are many dangers that come from food left unrefrigerated for extended periods of time. It is very important to protect yourself, your family, and your friends from food poisoning and illness that can occur during these very warm summer months. Summer is a very popular time of year for picnics; barbecues, cookouts, and sack lunches, so there are many precautions you should take during this time of year to prevent bacteria growth and viruses that occur when food is not chilled to a recommended temperature of 40 degrees.
Keep food cold in coolers and in lunch boxes. When packing lunches it is strongly recommended to use insulated lunch boxes which keeps food colder and fresher. Also, use freezer gel packs when packing perishable foods in lunch boxes and bags. Perishable foods include cooked meats, cold cuts, and pre made tuna salad, chicken salad, and egg salads. All of these foods often found in lunch boxes are potential targets for bacteria that can cause serious illness. These foods must be refrigerated or properly chilled in lunch boxes at all times to ensure bacteria does not grow, spread, and cause loved ones to become ill.
Beneterre, a company out of Colorado has come up with a very creative solution to help keep food safe in warm weather and in lunch boxes. A bag creatively named Cool Wrapit, is and eco friendly option to use in place of plastic sandwich bags and plastic wrap. The Cool Wrapit keeps sandwiches chilled and fresh with a removable freezer gel pack included in a special pocket that presses right up against the sandwich to ensure it stays cold until its time to eat. The bag is 100% cotton, lined with waterproof nylon that is lead free, phthalate free; PBA free, and PVC (nylon) free, unlike most food storage containers. A pleated bottom allows plenty of room for all types of sandwiches, and prevents anything from getting squished. There is a double fold to seal in freshness and moisture, and can be hand or machine-washed and then air-dried to ensure it is clean for each use. Also a plus, the bags are manufactured right here in the United States. This bag is a great investment and will have a long life, retails for $12.00. Make sure to visit Beneterre.com for more information and to purchase the Cool Wrapit as well as many other creative bags and totes.
Beneterre offers smartly designed eco-chic reusable bags for produce, packing snacks or sandwiches,and carrying up to
six wine or beverage bottles that are made in the USA from cotton and other sustainable fibers.