Wednesday, August 27, 2008

WFMW - No More Soggy Sandwiches!

Now that school is starting back up, there are plenty of us moms who will be packing lunches for our kids and that often means sandwiches.

Even though I homeschool, I often make sandwiches for my husband to take to work for his lunch. A couple of years ago, I was trying to think of a way to make sure his lunch was still yummy at lunch time. I had memories of opening my own lunchbox as a child and finding two slices of bread, with a slice of bologna between them. The worst part? One slice of bread was soaked with ketchup and was mushy and soggy and, well, disgusting.

(We won't discuss here the culinary talents of my mother, who made this bologna and ketchup sandwich. Suffice it to say that Julia Child had nothing to worry about.)

So one day, during my sandwich making process, instead of slathering the mayo onto one piece of bread, I decided to put the mayonaise and mustard and anything else that was "wet" directly onto the sandwich meat and place a leaf of lettuce in between the wet ingredients and the dry bread. Eureka!!

Now, I know, this is totally simple. But if you haven't ever thought about it, give it a try. My husband is always complimenting my sandwiches to the guys at work and they have even asked for me to make some to send along for them. I am now "the Sandwich Queen."

For other simple, but also simply brilliant ideas, hop on over to Rocks in My Dryer, the home of Works for Me Wednesday!


Christa said...

Nice! I thought I was genius because I always slather peanut butter on both sides of the bread and then put jelly in the middle. That way, the jelly doesn't soak into the bread. Before we were married, I did this and my (now) husband was so impressed. I'm sure that's why he married me. :D

Tracye said...

Ugh. Bologna is bad enough, but ketchup, too? Soggy bread?

My daughter only likes PB&J, so to make sure hers stay fresh, I make a week's worth of sandwiches on Sunday night, put them into ziplock bags and freeze them. That way, I have a week's worth of lunches ready-to-go, and she has what she wants. Freezing them keeps the bread soft and fresh, and they thaw out by lunchtime.

Audra Krell said...

I have never thought about this, thanks for the truly great tip sandwich queen!

Jeni said...

I love learning new things like this! I didn't become a culinary addict until after my fiancee and I started dating, so this is all new to me. Thank you for sharing!!


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