Safe and Nutritious Baon Begins at Home

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2014-12-09

Protecting your child’s baon doesn’t just begin the moment your kid steps out the door to go to school. Before a sandwich or rice meal makes its way into your child’s lunch box, it first exists in the form of essential ingredients that need to be stored and handled properly so that the prepared baon stays fresh longer and uncontaminated right through recess and lunch time.

Protecting your child’s baon doesn’t just begin the moment your kid steps out the door to go to school. Before a sandwich or rice meal makes its way into your child’s lunch box, it first exists in the form of essential ingredients that need to be stored and handled properly so that the prepared baon stays fresh longer and uncontaminated right through recess and lunch time.

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute shares that one of the advantages of preparing school snacks at home is that one is assured that the food is safe and clean, as long as one practices proper food safety. But due to daily frenzy of ensuring that school baon is both tasty and packed creatively, sometimes, good nutrition takes a back seat.

Thousands of people get sick from contaminated food or from consuming food items that have turned bad. Food poisoning, with symptoms such as diarrhea and severe vomiting, is usually caused by improper food handling and results from the proliferation of microorganisms. According to the article “Food Safety Tips for Healthy Eating” by Dr. Lourdes Jacobo, different types of bacteria can multiply rapidly in most foods such that millions of them can fit on a pinhead, thriving in temperatures between 5° to 60° Centigrade.

However, these risks shouldn’t scare parents from preparing school meals in their own kitchens. Making school snacks at home can be a way to ensure that the food the children are eating will adequately furnish 1/3 of their daily food requirements. The 7th National Nutrition Survey by FNRI discloses that a mere 1/5 of school-aged children met the recommended intake for energy (21.5%) and vitamin A (19.6%), while only half met the recommended protein intake (54.7%) for the day.

Recess and lunch time are important because having ample snack or baon a day will help achieve the adequate intake of nutrients among school children. Taking extra precaution is the key to reduce exposure to food poisoning, and a good place to start is when one buys safe food. This means making sure you are buying safe products by checking for damages on the packaging, and by inspecting against molds, discoloration, and infestation in food. 

The article “Food Safety Tips for Healthy Eating” also mentions that if products labeled “keep refrigerated” or "keep chilled" are not stored in the chilled section, don’t buy them. Make sure to pick up refrigerated and frozen food toward the end of your shopping trip, and remember to ask the packer to put raw proteins in a separate bag to avoid raw meat juices from spilling on other food items like vegetables. From the supermarket, go home directly and don’t leave grocery items sitting in the car. Immediately unpack chilled and frozen products into the refrigerator or freezer once you reach the house.

Maintaining proper storage at home and for packed foods like school baon is crucial. FNRI recommends keeping food in closed containers and wraps, which are made from Bisphenol-A (BPA)-free plastic, to prevent contaminants from quickly spoiling or incorporating into the food that can then cause food-poisoning and other food-borne diseases.

For its part, Glad, leading brand for food protection and kitchen management, imparts practical storage tips to keep the texture, flavor, and condition of ingredients at their best, longer. For instance, cut-up apples store well in the fridge if the wedges are first soaked in a solution of one tablespoon lemon juice per cup of water. Drain well and store in a double-lock Glad Zipper Bag, with as much air squeezed out as possible. Storage bags take up less space and are transparent so you know immediately what’s inside. Sandwich garnishes like sliced lettuce will keep fresh and crisp in a Glad Zipper Bag with a lightly dampened paper towel inside, while chopped or sliced carrots will stay fresh in the crisper drawer inside a GladWare food protection container that comes in different sizes.

Fresh-baked cookies which have been completely cooled can be stored in airtight GladWare food protection container. Place soft and crisp cookies in separate GladWare food protection container to keep their consistency right. For soft cookies that are too dry, include a slice of apple in the storage to bring back moisture, while hard cookies that are too soft can be accompanied by a piece of bread to help absorb moisture.

Ham and hotdogs can stay in their original packaging inside the freezer until ready to use. Once opened, place the frozen processed meats in a tightly sealed Glad Freezer Zipper bag or in a GladWare food protection container.

Simple safety measures like washing hands with soap and water before handling food, and washing fruits and vegetables before packing them will go a long way in preventing food-borne diseases. Remember that food safety is in your hands.

Parents and their children can look forward to healthy and safe school baon every day, with Glad as a partner in the kitchen. For more tips on food protection, cooking and how to get the most out of Glad products visit the Facebook page, GladKitchen. Glad products are available in leading supermarkets nationwide.

Fresh-baked cookies that have been cooled thoroughly can be stored in an airtight GladWare food protection container to keep the snacks protected, intact, and of course, yummy.

The best school snacks are prepared at home. Create stellar sandwiches using vegetables and processed meats that have been properly stored and handled in your own kitchen using Glad food protection products. The prepared sandwich can be kept in a versatile GladWare food protection container with a lid that locks in place to avoid messes and yet easy to open.

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