How to keep a sandwich perfectly crisp and fresh until lunchtime? When we finally get it together enough to actually pack that lunch we always claim we’re going to (everybody is already aware at work, home, or at school), what a disaster when we finally remove it from its lunch bag, and its previously perfect condition is now a sad and soggy chaos.
If this scenario sounds true to you, keep reading because here’re our best tips to keep a packed sandwich fresh:
1. Use cold or room-temperature ingredients; warm ingredients will create condensation, which your sandwich bread will absorb. Then make sure all of your ingredients are cool. Warm sandwiches in the morning results in soggy sandwiches by lunch because as food cools progressively, it releases moisture, making all of the other ingredients soggy and wilted into your plastic bag or lunch box. So if you plan to put roasted chicken,or fried bacon into your sandwich, let chill completely before tucking it between 2 slices of bread.
2. For picnics and traveling, wrap the ingredients separately and assemble your sandwich just before eating. Bring a small container of sauce dressing, oils, vinegar, or whatever you want to accompany your sandwich with. That’s a good thing to do, not only for the bread, but also for the green salad and veggies which can wilt faster in vinegar or acidic sauces.
3. Don’t use tomato; substitute roasted red pepper strips, dried with paper towels. Before you put those veggies on the sandwich, make sure they’re completely dry, cool and drain them of any excess juices.
4. Use a somewhat dry filling or drain a moist filling with paper towels. Starting toasting: Toasted bread tends to keep its rigidity and absorb less liquid than untoasted. If you still want that chewiness, pick a loaf with thicker slices and toast slightly. Remember to keep your bread cold before stacking your sandwich.
5. Use dry, compact, crusty breads; because they are à lot more resilient than fluffy white breads. They will soften up way slower when being wrapped with the fillings.
6. Make a wrap using a large flour tortilla; tortillas don’t absorb moisture as readily as bread. So wrapping up your lunch into a tortilla is always a good option. Speaking of wrapping, plastics – be it wrap, bag, or reusable container – is not good at keeping a fresh, crisp sandwich because they don’t breathe. Moisture gets trapped and ultimately absorbed by the sandwich. So instead, wrap your sandwich in wax paper or parchment, and you’ll have the freshest and crispest lunch around!