There was an article recently in the Dallas Morning News that 9 out of 10 lunches are stored at unsafe temperatures and they are putting our kids in danger of food borne illnesses. What luck when we received an iCOOLer in the mail. This week being the first week back at school, I thought I would put it to the test.
Like most lunch bags these days, the iCOOLer is insulated but owner and creator, Wali Azamy takes it one step further by sewing in non-toxic gel packs on all six sides. You just pop the iCOOLer in the freezer overnight, add your contents in the morning and by lunchtime, the contents will still be cool.
“Many schools have kids leave their lunches in backpacks outside or in warm rooms for hours before lunch, placing children at a higher risk for foodborne illness due to bacteria,” noted Azamy, father to three children. “As a parent, I felt compelled to find a way for my children to eat good, safe food.”
So I froze it overnight and voila, the iCOOLer was frozen stiff when morning came. I packed a lunch at 7am and left it indoors and by 11am, the iCOOLer and all it’s contents were still cold. The gel packs were still frozen and they gave way like a slushie when you squeezed the sides. It’s great for this heat and it did it job.
There’s a couple of cons that come with having in built gel packs and the first one is the condensation. Lots of droplets gather on the front of the bag making rather wet. The condensation started almost immediately and got progressively worse. And with the gel packs sewn in, the bag is heavy for a 5 year or 3 year old even though mine was the small size. Lastly, the design is somewhat plain and not visually appealing for little kids this age.
If you have an idea on how to keep your child’s lunch at a safe temperature, leave me a comment below!
Till our next happy meal!
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