No one likes a soggy sandwich, or a sandwich that just falls apart. Luckily there are smart ways to pack your sandwiches to avoid any potential lunchtime disasters. Whether you’re headed to work, a picnic, or the beach, we have the tips to help you pack your sandwich properly for the most enjoyable meal at your destination.
Choosing Your Sandwich
There are important things to consider when it comes to choosing the sandwich you make.
- Timing: When will you eat the sandwich? How long will it be sitting around?
- Temperature: Will it be travelling in heat? Will there be ice packs or refrigeration?
If you know you cannot keep the sandwich cold on a hot day, avoid highly perishable ingredients such as egg salad, mayonnaise, or fresh cheese packed in water (ex. mozzarella). If you will be eating your sandwich soon after making it, your options are virtually endless.
Once you’ve decided on a sandwich, here are tips on how to best construct it:
- Bread: To avoid soggy bread, choose rolls or crusty bread. For sliced sandwich bread, you may want to toast it to keep moisture out.
- Condiments: Another way to keep your bread from getting soggy is to spread condiments into the middle of the sandwich, between the slices of meat or cheese.
- Produce: Lettuce should be nice and dry, and tomatoes or other juicy produce should be placed in the center.
- Chicken, Egg, or Tuna Salads: For these sandwiches, you may want to consider constructing these on site by packing the bread and the salads and other ingredients in separate containers. If you prefer to make them ahead of time, be sure to use a layer of lettuce as a barrier between the bread and salad.
- Foil: Best for warm or pressed sandwiches (ex. paninis). The foil will keep the sandwich warm, and can also be thrown in the oven to warm up at a later time.
- Parchment paper: Keeps sandwiches tight and secure – like at the deli counter. The paper also helps to keep the sandwich together when being cut.
- Resealable Plastic Bag: This works for most sandwiches, and is especially beneficial for fragrant sandwiches. If you want to be sure that no leakage or moisture comes in contact with your sandwich, you may want to use this in addition to foil or paper wrapped sandwiches.
- Cloth Napkin: If you’re looking for an environmentally-friendly option, a cloth napkin secured with a string or ribbon works. You can even use the napkin while you enjoy your sandwich.
- Label: Labeling is helpful if you are packing sandwiches for a crowd. This is especially important if there are people with dietary restrictions or allergies.
Most sandwiches need to be handled carefully, so packing them up is equally important as constructing and wrapping them. To ensure that they don’t get crushed by heavier items, pack them on top. For added protection, place them in a hard-sided container.
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