Preparing a safer and healthier baon

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    With the easing of quarantine protocols in many parts of the country, employees are starting to adapt to the new normal and return to work. However, things are not quite back to how they used to be as many restaurants are still closed or open at limited capacity which, among other important issues, limits the food choices for Filipino workers during break time.

    Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) brand Solane, which helps ensure safety in the kitchen, offers some tips on safely preparing healthy baon that you can bring to work.

    Clean your cooking space. Prior to cooking, make sure to clean every kitchen surface and equipment that your food will come into contact with to stop bacteria from spreading. Do not forget to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

    Cook with fresh ingredients. Fresh food can really improve your health since it retains more nutrients. You can enjoy a tastier meal because you get the most flavor possible from fresh ingredients. Try supporting local businesses and buy your groceries from them. Many reputable sellers are on social media and offer delivery.

    Use insulated containers. Using an insulated lunch box and containers is the best option for packing your meals. These reusable, eco-friendly containers can keep your food warm and help minimize bacterial contamination and growth.

    Store food properly. It is a good idea to prepare your meal the night before or even days ahead. It is also advisable to know how to store your food properly to maintain its quality.

    Cook a big batch, then divide it into small portions and put in separate containers for each day of the workweek. Check the shelf life of the meals you make.

    Turn off all heat sources. When done preparing your meals, make sure to turn off all the cooking equipment that you used especially the gas stove and the LPG cylinder.