Any sandwich lover will know that there is absolutely nothing worse than eating a soggy sarmie. And when you’re relying on a sarmie to give you the energy you need to get through your day, soggy simply won’t do. Moms, kids and sandwich lovers, listen up – our friends at Blue Ribbon have rounded up tried-and-tested tips for fresh, delicious sandwiches, all day long.
Veggies add crunch and colour to a sandwich, but are often watery and can lead to soggy bread. Slice the vegetables of your choice – pickles, tomato or cucumber – then lay the slices out on paper towel before building your sandwich. The excess water will be absorbed by the paper towel, and won’t seep into your bread.
Don’t salt veggie slices before building your sandwich – salt draws moisture out of veggies, and this will lead to soggy slices.
Cold meats are a good way to build a ‘barrier’ between bread and filling. Put a thin slice of ham on the inside of both pieces of bread, to keep sauces and fillings inside. Slices of cheese and lettuce leaves work in the same way.
If you’re set on a saucy sandwich, try taking your sauce of choice (e.g. mustard, tomato sauce or mayonnaise) with you in a small container, and adding it just before eating. This will keep your sandwich dry.
Lightly toasting bread will keep it super-crisp throughout the day.
After washing lettuce, make sure you dry it properly in a salad spinner, or with a paper towel.
Use fillings cold, straight from the fridge, not at room temperature. As ingredients warm up, they release moisture that will soak into the bread.
If the thought of a soggy sandwich leaves you in a state of despair, try packing all the elements of your sandwich in separate zip-sealed bags and assemble your sandwich just before eating.