Is there anything better to pack for lunch than a sandwich? It can be used anywhere, has infinite uses, and is great for kids. However, there are some pitfalls you should try to avoid as well, such as overstuffing, soggy bread, and a lack of flavor. It’s not hard to make the perfect sandwich; you just need to remember a few tricks. We asked Angela Reid, the head baker and expert sandwich maker at Brooklyn’s Leland Eating and Drinking House, for her advice on how to construct sandwiches that both parents and kids will enjoy. If you feel like your dish is missing something, a dash of French’s Classic Yellow Mustard is the perfect finishing touch. All of the mustard seeds in this product are of the highest quality and are stone-ground to create a flavor that everyone in the family will enjoy. Here are seven more suggestions to help your lunches stand out this year.
1) Get everything ready the night before, so you can start building first thing in the morning.
Having to scramble in the morning to find lunchtime essentials for the kids is a surefire way to feel stressed out. Spending even a few minutes of preparation time the night before can make the next day much more manageable. If you want to keep your lettuce crisp, wash it and dry it between paper towels before putting it in the fridge; if you want to keep your tomatoes fresh, slice them and store them in a paper towel-lined container in the fridge. If you only have to stack a sandwich when you get up in the morning, that will take you zero minutes and zero seconds.
Second, make sure your bread is toasted.
Making sure the bread, the sandwich’s primary structural component, is well-anchored is one approach to preserving its integrity. Reid recommends that you toast your bread whenever it is possible to do so. “Toasted bread will make your sandwich more stable, and the toasted flavor will enhance the sandwich’s overall deliciousness.” And the toasted bread’s nutty flavor complements the French’s mustard’s tangy bite perfectly.
Thirdly, plan your sandwich construction carefully.
By planning ahead, you can keep the bread from getting soggy from the deli meat and other wet ingredients. When making a sandwich, Reid says, “I always place lettuce and vegetables at the bottom.” “It aids in the structure’s stability as you build it, and it keeps the bread from getting stale.”
Cheese is the best friend of any condiment.
Don’t worry about it if you’re not a fan of lettuce on your sandwiches. If you want to prevent your bread from becoming soggy, there are still plenty of options, such as using cheese as the first layer. Reid explains that unlike bread, cheese is more capable of holding onto a spread like mustard. You can vary the taste of your sandwiches by trying out new combinations of fillings, such as cheese and mustard. The options are practically endless, but our favorite is sharp cheddar with a dab of French’s mustard.
To avoid the avocado from turning brown, add some lemon juice.
We all know how unappealing a smushed brown slice of avocado can look, but we love the smooth texture it adds to a sandwich anyway. Lemon, Reid says, prevents the oxidation that causes avocado to turn brown. The acidic, complex flavor of citrus is a lovely addition to your lunch.
Utilize a family assembly line to engage the kids in the process.
Sandwiches are a great food for kids to help prepare because they don’t require any kind of cooking or heat, so even the youngest chefs can pitch in and feel like they’ve done something useful. Installing a station requires little effort: Set out breads, vegetables, cheese, meats, and condiments like French’s mustard on plates. Every member of the family can take charge of one (or more) stations before passing the sandwich along. The lunches will be packed and ready to go before you know it.
Do your part for the environment by ditching the plastic wrap!
Even the way we wrap our sandwiches for lunch can have an effect on our carbon footprint, so it’s important to do what we can to reduce it. Reid argues that “there are so many options for sustainable sandwich bags and wraps,” including biodegradable alternatives, wax wraps, and reusable containers. Like plastic wrap, beeswax wraps provide a tight seal. Just don’t forget to remind your children not to throw it away when lunch is done!
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