Back in December I had the opportunity to visit the Sara Lee Headquarters with Hillshire Farm for the Most Wanted Sandwich contest. As many of you know the contest is in the final weeks! Please keep voting for the Historic Virginia Stacker- I am a ecstatic bout all of your efforts!
While I was at Sara Lee, we learned about the best way to make a sandwich in order to keep the ingredients fresh. Most of the time I hate eating homemade sandwiches because they get soggy. Here are a few tips from hillshire Farm on how to keep a sandwich fresh.
To keep sandwiches crispy and delicious, the Fresh Squad experts at Hillshire Farm suggest placing a single layer of premium quality lunchmeat on each slice of bread, then spreading the condiments on those. The meat creates a barrier between the bread and the rest of the ingredients. Cheese also works nicely as a barrier. One rule of thumb is to never place tomatoes directly on the cheese – the juice from the tomatoes will make the cheese soft and cause the bread to become soggy. Instead, place tomatoes in between lettuce slices. Cucumbers are also great alternatives for lettuce.
Another good defense against sogginess is to pack the separates and let the kids make the sandwiches at school. Bread goes in one bag or container, meat and vegetables in another, and throw in little restaurant packets of mayo or mustard. The Fresh Squad suggests insulated lunch bags as the best choice for school lunches. You can also pack lunchmeat in our re-sealable and re-usable tubs. Some insulated lunch bags are equipped with freezer packs. If not, try freezing juice boxes or reusable bottled waters instead of adding freezer packs. The boxes or bottles will thaw to provide a refreshing beverage and keep the sandwich fresh.
Be sure to choose the right bread for your sandwich. Keep in mind that the more moisture in the fillings, the drier and denser the bread should be. Breads with thick crusts work perfectly, or swap your regular bread for flour tortillas, bagels, English muffins or pitas. Grill or toast the bread to add crunch and flavor. Keep wet ingredients from making your sandwiches soggy by adding a light layer of butter to the bread. Get creative with cookie cutters for fun sandwich shapes!
Remember when you vote for the Historic Virginia Stacker you will be able to print (2) $1 off Hillshire Farm Lunch Meat coupons!