Do lunches stay fresh when packed days ahead?

Packed ahead lunches. Do they stay fresh?

Packing a few lunches ahead of time is a simple way to alleviate stress in the morning. They’re ready to grab and go so you’ve got one less thing to worry about. Maybe you can even linger over that cup-a-joe for a few extra moments 🙂

But do these lunches stay fresh when they’re left in the fridge for a few days?

Leave it to Lisa Marsh, mom of 4, to do a little experiment with the lunches she packed ahead for her two sets of twins. This busy mom shares ALL the meals she packs in EasyLunchboxes on her blog and social media sites, and is constantly getting questions about them. She asked her own readers to answer one of the most common questions she gets….

Do your packed lunches stay fresh for days in the fridge?

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One of the pictures was taken Sunday, the other was taken this morning (Wednesday).

Can you tell which one shows freshly made lunches and which one shows lunches that have been in the fridge for 3 days? Give me your best guess!

CLICK the image  TO BLOW UP.  Which set of 4 looks fresher? Top or bottom?:

Packed ahead lunches in EasyLunchboxes. Can you tell which one is fresher?

…If you can’t tell the difference, then I rest my case.

They look nearly identical, don’t they? I actually had to check the dates on the pics a couple of times to even tell which was which. Even the crackers are still crunchy!

By packing smartly, you can definitely pack lunches in advance. Little silicone dividers to keep things separate, thinking through what you are packing to ensure that it is all foods that would be already keeping in the fridge for that long anyway, and a good quality container with a good fitting lid to keep it all fresh.

And the freshest lunches are ….

And the winner is ...

Ok you guys, I added up all the votes I got on this question from both Facebook and Instagram, and I have to tell you: most of you were wrong! Sorry.

The top photo is the one from Sunday. The bottom photo is from today.

A few of you noticed that a tomato was missing from the bottom one – I guess somebody must have helped themselves to a snack when I wasn’t looking (I hadn’t even noticed!).

I can see a very slight difference in the green leaves of the strawberries, but honestly there is no difference between the two beyond that.

So I think I’ve proven my point. If you’re thoughtful about the choices you make, and you pack carefully, you can absolutely pack a lunch 3 days ahead of time and have it still be just as good as the day you packed it.

These are packed in EasyLunchboxes. I think some people think that just because the lids aren’t designed to be leak proof, that this means that they also aren’t air tight enough to keep food fresh, but that is simply not the case. http://amzn.to/1mVR0LM

I use the silicone dividers to keep foods from touching each other, which makes a big difference when packing ahead of time.
These are the square ones: http://amzn.to/1mVR9ik
And these are the heart ones: http://amzn.to/1Q5ABAl    (Lisa’s affiliate links)

[VIDEO] You can even HEAR the freshness!

Ok, when I tell you I’ve packed lunches ahead I get tons of questions about whether stuff stays fresh, do things get soggy, do thinks stay crunchy, etc. So I thought I’d show you this. I packed this lunch on Sunday, today is Tuesday. Turn your volume all the way up, and you can hear how crunchy the chips still are. Just the same as when I packed them – after two days in an EasyLunchboxes container in the fridge.

These are the lunchboxes we use: http://amzn.to/1PpBijd
These are the containers that the dip is in: http://amzn.to/1mT108H  (Lisa’s affiliate links)

Ok, when I tell you I’ve packed lunches ahead I get tons of questions about whether stuff stays fresh, do things get soggy, do thinks stay crunchy, etc. So I thought I’d show you this. I packed this lunch on Sunday, today is Tuesday. Turn your volume all the way up, and you can hear how crunchy the chips still are. Just the same as when I packed them – after two days in an EasyLunchboxes container in the fridge.

These are the lunchboxes we use: http://amzn.to/1PpBijd
These are the containers that the dip is in: http://amzn.to/1mT108H  (Lisa’s affiliate links)

Posted by What Lisa Cooks on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

CLICK the below image to read Lisa’s TOP TIPS for packing ahead:

Top tips for packing lunches ahead in EasyLunchboxes