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How to keep sandwiches from getting soggy
1. Limit juicy items
Add-ons like pickles, tomatoes, roasted vegetables, and dressings are some of the biggest reasons that your sandwich may become soggy.
You can choose to limit or eliminate juicy items or find ways to work around them.
We’ll also show you how you can still incorporate these foods into sandwiches, but keep your sandwich as tasty and fresh as possible.
2. Choose a whole wheat crusty bread
The final freshness of your sandwich starts with the bread you choose. Choosing a hardier whole wheat bread, or a crusty ciabatta will hold up better to moisture.
White “sandwich bread” ironically becomes soggy much faster than other types of bread. While sandwich bread has a melt-in-your-mouth sensation when you eat your sandwich right away, it can’t withstand moisture well for longer periods of time.
Instead of melting in your mouth, it just starts melting on the journey while wrapped up in your picnic basket.
3. Toast the bread
To add an extra layer of protection to your sandwich, you can toast the bread to make it harder for travel. This can add a crusty surface to softer breads and prevents (or, at least, delays!) liquids from seeping through.
4. Protect your bread with butter
Create a moisture-resistant coating by spreading your bread with a fat such as butter, mayo, or a cheese spread. Just like an oilskin rain slicker, this layer of oily fat will form a barrier of protection to keep your bread from becoming mushy.
5. Use large lettuce leaves
Lettuce is not only a healthy addition to a sandwich, but its leaves are a nice moisture shield! Using large leaves on the outsides of other veggies will help to keep juices inside your sandwich and away from the bread.
6. Place juicy vegetables between meat or cheese slices
If you are not a fan of lettuce, or it just doesn’t add to your sandwich creation, you can also block juices from getting to your bread by using meat and cheese.
Veggies like tomatoes and pickles are some of the biggest culprits of soggy sandwiches, so you can stick these between meat and cheese to keep your sandwich fresh.
7. Assemble later on-site
To make your station, you can cover a picnic table with a plastic tablecloth, and use 3 cutting boards to set out bread, meat and cheese, and veggies.
Then each picnicker can create their own sandwich smorgasbord-style!
8. Use parchment paper as a wrapper
How to make a "travel sandwich"
- Layer the contents of your sandwich and wrap them in plastic wrap.
- Put this packet inside your bread layers and wrap the entire sandwich in foil.
- When each person pulls out their sandwich from the picnic basket, they can simply unwrap the sandwich contents and slide them on the bread for a sandwich feast!
How to stop wraps going soggy
Wraps tend to stay fresher than sandwiches because a tortilla is more moisture-resistant than bread. For a picnic, you can bring a whole wrap per person or slice your favorite wrap on-site and serve as a finger food hors d’oeuvre.
1. Choose ingredients carefully
For wraps, you should choose your ingredients carefully. Ingredients like tomatoes, olives, pickles, and capers can make your wrap go soggy. You can choose to eliminate these ingredients from your picnic wraps or package them separately and let each person add them later if desired.
2. Add dressing later
Spreads like mayo actually can help your wrap stay fresh… but hold off on dressings until you arrive at your picnic spot!
3. Lettuce wraps
You can also just skip the bread entirely by choosing to use lettuce and rice paper instead of a tortilla or bread. A chicken salad lettuce wrap with pecans and cranberries can be a tasty addition to a picnic.
Just be sure your lettuce is not in direct contact with ice in the cooler, or it could cause it to wilt.
That’s a wrap on our thoughts for keeping your sandwich from becoming soggy. We hope that at your next picnic you can enjoy a sandwich that tastes as fresh as when you made it.
Happy eating and may your sandwich never be soggy!