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Hellmann’s feedback thread – non testers: talk leftovers and sandwiches for a chance to win a £50 hamper NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 21-Oct-13 15:14:02

This thread is for the 30 Mumsnetters who took part in the Hellmann's 'Sandwich of the Century' challenge as part of their
LoveFood Hate Waste campaign.

Non-testers: Hellmann's would love to know if you use leftovers in your sandwiches. Do you regularly use your leftovers in a sandwich for lunch the next day? If you don't, do you think it’s something you'd try? Every non tester who adds their thoughts will be entered into a prize draw to win a Hellmann's hamper worth £50.

Here's what Hellmann’s have to say, "For 100 years, Hellmann's Mayonnaise has been at the heart of the greatest Sandwiches but did you know that every day we throw away 200,000 loaves of bread and are even careless with our fillings for example, nearly three million tomatoes, and one million slices of ham are disposed of and not eaten?! At Hellmann's, we love food and we believe eating should be a moment of joy. That's why we hate food waste and are now encouraging you to use your lovely leftovers!"

Testers were sent some Hellmann's mayonnaise along with a welcome pack.

Testers: We've got a set of questions we'd like you to answer about making sandwiches and how you found the Hellmann's challenge. Please also feel free to add any other thoughts you may have.

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?
3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?

If you have made a particularly impressive sandwich, feel free to post a picture of it on this thread too! All testers who leave their feedback on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 M&S voucher.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

LegoCaltrops Mon 21-Oct-13 17:18:06

Non-tester here.

We do often use leftovers in sandwiches. Today for lunch I had leftover homemade chicken tikka, salad, raita & mango chutney.

If we're doing sausages for dinner, we usually cook the whole pack & there will be a couple leftover. Lovely cold with mustard mayonnaise & lettuce.

Leftover roast chicken, with crispy bacon. mayonnaise & salad.

Tinned tuna, Hummus, cumin seeds, grated carrot, alfalfa sprouts.

We do also buy things specifically for sandwich filings , ham, cheese, etc. All the usual stuff.

All to be served on lovely fresh bread (preferably wholemeal).

gazzalw Mon 21-Oct-13 17:19:29

I would use leftover pasta to make DD a pasta, sweetcorn and tuna salad using mayo of course. If DW cooks a joint of ham she will often use some of the off-cuts for sandwiches or wraps. Most other stuff gets used in preparing another meal though so leftovers are few and far between really in this house!

ILoveAFullFridge Mon 21-Oct-13 17:33:51

Leftovers tend to get used in another cooked meal, or turned into a fork-and-tupperware type packed lunch.

So at this very moment I am scoffing the cold remains of some spag bol, with mayo - Hellmans of course instead of spag. On nom nom! Who needs carbs when you've got Hellmans?! grin

I got an email to say I'd been chosen but never received anything. sad

WowOoo Mon 21-Oct-13 18:06:47

I often put leftover chicken, beef or ham in a sandwich. With mayo and salad, apart from the beef. Yum

We are always using leftovers in sandwiches.

Roast beef with horseradish, mayo and rocket.
Smoked salmon with dill, lemon and mayo.
Chicken with mango chutney, mayo, raisins and curry powder and a big handful of baby spinach.
Chicken with stuffing and mayo.

I am the only person in my house who doesn't eat mayo but then I don't often eat bread either so DH and DCs are happy to hoover anything up.

ArabellaPilkington Mon 21-Oct-13 18:30:23

Non tester.

We have roast beef and roast chicken leftover from a big family do yesterday, DS had already had 1 x chicken Caesar sandwich and has 2 packed for after football. DH will have a roast beef and mustard sandwich when he gets in. I had some of the chicken for lunch in a sandwich.

Peachesandplums Mon 21-Oct-13 18:40:05

Non tester.

Left over chicken and stuffing and mayo is a great sandwhich.

Also....left over lasagne on toasted bread rubbed with a bit of garlic oil( or garlic in your mayo)blush. Don't knock it until you tried it.

ouryve Mon 21-Oct-13 18:40:49

Mine hasn't arrive yet, either, Titsalina

lorka Mon 21-Oct-13 19:00:14

If I roast a chicken, I always use the leftovers the next day, with salad, to make a sandwich - with a little mayo of course! smile

blue2 Mon 21-Oct-13 19:32:45

I use leftover cauliflower cheese in a toasted sandwich, cooled down by a blob of Hellmans Mayo with every mouthful! grin

YonilyDevotedToYou Mon 21-Oct-13 19:35:24

Non tester here.
Left over roast chicken in a sandwich with mayo and lettuce= food of the gods.
I also really like left over roast potatoes and/or Yorkshires with mayo for dipping... So shoot me! smile

Best leftovers sarnie = cold onion bhaji / mango chutney / red onion / salad leaves / minty yoghurt / all rolled up in a chapati.

2nd best leftovers sarnie - cold omelette, rocket, cucumber, thick granary bread and Lurpak

Best way to use mayo is in an egg mayo and watercress sarnie - brown bread, loads of black pepper

vestandknickers Mon 21-Oct-13 19:39:43

non tester here!

I use left overs a lot in sandwiches. Monday sandwiches are always made from Sunday's roast. My favourite is roast chicken with crispy salad leaves, left over stuffing and mayonaise.
I also love mayonaise blitzed up with some sundried tomatoes and parsley served in a big crusty bap with chopped left over cold sausages.
In the summer I love putting any left over bits of salad in a sandwich or wrap.

I'm hungry now!

SalBeautyMoll Mon 21-Oct-13 19:43:23

We do use left over roast meat in sandwiches, and yes we love Hellmanns (we use the light version). To be honest we don't often have leftovers.

One of my fav sandwiches my mum used to make when I was growing up was tomato, lettuce, cheese and mayo. I often use mayo as a sub for butter / marg.

missorinoco Mon 21-Oct-13 19:44:37

Non tester, I so wanted to be picked.

I use leftovers, mainly meat, in a sandwich. Most leftovers don't make it into bread. Reading tips here though, yum. Except the cauliflower cheese, yuk!

FrightNightcirCurse Mon 21-Oct-13 19:56:59

Leftover sausages or veggie sausages with ketchup and mayo, and poss a little caramelised onion if I have it.
On white sliced or French stick (in which case a few salad leaves also welcome)

petalsandstars Mon 21-Oct-13 19:58:28

Non tester here.

I use leftovers all the time either by boxing them up for another dinner or lunch to take to work. Depending on what it is they also go into sandwiches, today I've had leftover roast chicken in a sandwich for lunch and we've used the rest of the meat to make our main meal this evening too.

My DH has been known to put leftover Shepherds pie in a sandwich, and also curry in one too.

BlackberrySeason Mon 21-Oct-13 20:12:50

Non tester here - I use left over roast chicken, but would definitely be open to using a wider variety of left overs.

asuwere Mon 21-Oct-13 20:30:48

non-tester. I do like leftovers in a sandwich smile My dad puts anything on a sandwich so I grew up knowing that nothing was too strange to put on bread! It's especially good if you've got said sandwich at work the next day as it makes it feel more like a proper meal.

WildThongsHeartString Mon 21-Oct-13 20:31:29

Non tester, I will put anything on a 'peece' (Scottish term for random filling in between two slices of bread) smile
Current favourite in the Thong household is bloomer white bread with a spread of mayo, no butter, grated cheddar, chopped up boiled ham and red onion marmalade. Basically a ploughmans sandwich!

woodchuck Mon 21-Oct-13 20:45:29

Non-tester.

I make sandwiches every day for kids and sometimes for my lunch. i am generally a crap sandwich maker and just go for the same boring combinations. I need to get more adventurous, especially for myself as I am veggie, don't like butter or anything 'wet' in my sandwich and tbh dry bread and cheese is not all that exciting.

The kids like ham and cheese coleslaw sandwiches, and we often 'win' in the bread stakes as dh quite likes baking bread and will often make us lovely herby or cheesy rolls to take to school/work.

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Mon 21-Oct-13 21:10:30

Non-tester.
I use left over meat from a roast dinner for sandwiches, but generally I just plate up leftovers for lunch. I usually factor in enough for at least one leftovers lunch when dishing up dinner.

flamingtoaster Mon 21-Oct-13 21:24:43

Non-tester. My DH loves toasted sandwiches made with left over lasagne. Any left over meat is great in sandwiches with a little salad and mayonnaise.

GetKnitted Mon 21-Oct-13 21:33:11

If we ate roast dinners, spaghetti with meatballs, burgers and fish fingers, I would probably use left overs in sandwiches... but lentil dahl, ratatouille or peanut soup sandwiches sound really odd to me smile HTH!

QueFonda Mon 21-Oct-13 21:34:17

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MaryZombie Mon 21-Oct-13 21:41:39

Non-tester.

Has anyone yet mentioned that Hellmann's is one of the lowest carb mayonnaises? And therefore suitable for low-carb dieters?

So my best non-bread sandwich:

Make up a mixture of chopped cucumber, lettuce, roast chicken, spinach, peppers and whatever else, bound together with a spoonful of Hellmann's.

Take leaves of Little Gem lettuce, put a spoonful of the meat/salad/mayonnaise mixture in the middle of each leaf. Roll up and eat.

Yum.

Tanfastic Mon 21-Oct-13 21:51:05

Non tester

Leftover meat is fab for sandwiches.

I made hunters chicken this evening and there was some left over so I've cut it up for sandwiches tomorrow. Chicken, bacon, cheese and BBQ sauce, a bit of salad, mayo....Bob's your uncle wink

Tester but also have nothing received as of yet.

Maverick66 Mon 21-Oct-13 21:57:24

Non tester but can I say my family do not like the new style stay clean cap on your bottles grrr sad thy are super difficult to get the mayo out imfo

CheeryCherry Mon 21-Oct-13 22:19:30

As a large family who enjoy our food, we don't often have a lot of leftovers...plus I try very hard to cook the right amount in the first place.
However if I've grated too much cheese I will pop it in a tub and use it in a sandwich later. We also sometimes use leftover mixed salads in sandwiches, even with the dressing on.

SetFiretotheRain Mon 21-Oct-13 23:44:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

mawbroon Tue 22-Oct-13 00:02:22

Non tester.

Yes, I regularly use leftovers in sandwiches.

A particular favourite is coronation chicken. DH is half dutch so will more or less put anything on a sandwichsmile

MollyMango Tue 22-Oct-13 04:44:34

Non tester

Best way to prevent bread mush from soggy sandwich insides is to make a protective layer of lettuce above the bread before you put anything 'wet'. Also if you are using something like tomatoes make sure you take out the pips/wet bits and for cucumber cut out the middle part

lagoonhaze Tue 22-Oct-13 07:10:10

non tester. I usually use left over chicken in a stir fry and if any spare then a sandwich. However Im never sure how long I can leave cooked chicken and often throw stuff away :-(

Maverick66 Tue 22-Oct-13 11:26:51

Non tester
My 14 year old son loves chicken and mayo sandwiches however he Hates Hates Hates the new style bottle cap so much so that I am looking at other brands sad

aristocat Tue 22-Oct-13 13:26:09

Tester, but no delivery yet. Waiting patiently for the postie grin

ArabellaPilkington Tue 22-Oct-13 13:45:24

Just had leftover roast beef, leftover salad and Hellmans light in a sandwich for lunch. Yum.

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 22-Oct-13 14:28:06

Hi all - Hellmann's have sent out the product today so it should be with you later on in the week!

Sunny2013 Tue 22-Oct-13 19:48:57

Hellmanns to my family is the ONLY mayonaisse that we EVER use in sandwich making , cooking , chocolate mayonaisse cake making (dont knock it till you have tried it ) sauce making etc ... there is no other ... BUT the worst thing that you have done is in creating that AWFUL new plastic bottle packaging ... it is IMPOSSIBLE to use properly , and needs to be discontinued , so much of the contents of the larger bottle get wasted and I find it impossible to return the packaging to the original shape , despite continual feedback to customer services and the promise of vouchers that never arrive , I remain LOYAL .... as i have a houseful of young children I refuse to use the glass jars as there are some clumsy slippery fingers in my home .... Am I alone on this thought Mumsnetters or does anyone else agree with me ???

IncaAztec Tue 22-Oct-13 20:22:11

We do use leftovers in sandwiches, mainly meat. However, it depends on if there is any left over at the end of the main meal. I would like to get things to stretch further due to being on a budget and try to batch cook meals to facilitate this.

Spirael Tue 22-Oct-13 20:51:37

Non tester. We regularly use leftovers to make sandwiches, usually meat. But not with mayo, because it's rarely in the house as I don't like it. Sorry!

Bubbles85 Tue 22-Oct-13 22:14:33

Non tester here. Yes I always use up left over chicken in sandwiches and hard boil eggs that are about to go out of date to have in sandwiches.

hjmiller Wed 23-Oct-13 05:51:45

Non-tester

We often use leftovers but not so much in sandwiches - its often pasta so we just stick it ib the fridge for the next day. If it can go in a sandwich tho it will!

sealight123 Wed 23-Oct-13 11:13:43

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
Everyday!!! We are big on sandwiches in this household

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week? It varies week to week. Some weeks we'll have all fillings under the sun, others we'll just have a few firm favourites. We always have ATLEAST 3 different fillings, but we do have a lot of variations for them.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
It depends on what work shift I am on. If I am on early shift I will do them the night before (but you are at risk for soggy bread with this one). If I am on late shift, I will make them in the morning smile

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
Do not, under any circumstances, put your bread in the fridge...it starts getting mouldy so so quickly. Just stick to room temperature and keep the crusts till last to act as a lid for the rest of the loaf for moisture smile

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
I enjoyed chilli mince sandwiches and bolognase sandwiches but only as hot, as cold sandwiches it was rather odd.
Crisp and apple sandwiches are an old favourite of mine
Peanut butter and coleslaw is my stepdads favourite- I tried it...it was awful
Leftover Honeyglazed sanwiches
Leftover chicken mixed with hellmans mayo and chilli
Leftover chicken mixed with hellmans mayo and garlic
Leftover chicken mixed with hellmans mayo and a squeeze of lemon (see a pattern here?)
Egg mayonnaise and watercress (for my partner...I LOOOAAATTTHE eggs lol)
There are so many more we have tried and still some more we are yet to try, so I will update you when we have...whether you like it or not :P

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
Leftover chicken mixed with hellmans mayo and a squeeze of lemon. Chicken just goes so well with mayo for sandwiches and when cooking a full chicken you have loads left over!!!

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
I've not finished taking part yet...I've still got a lot of fight in me but I'm thinking I might do less chicken based leftover sandwiches and maybe try something a bit more adventurous

wheredoistartmrs Wed 23-Oct-13 11:15:10

tester, still waiting for product

cocoplops Wed 23-Oct-13 11:44:37

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?

1-2 a week

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?

Not many, cheese/marmite, ham (with mayo and mustard), ham/cheese (with mayo), leftover chicken or bacon, sausages, egg mayo.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?

I make them on the day. Not an early riser but I don't think sandwiches are that nice done the day before.

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?

Keep it in the freezer and only get out what you need for the day or couple of days.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?

I regularly do chicken leftover sandwiches, or bacon. If I have some bacon or chicken then I either just have salad or my fav is avocado, pesto and mayo (ideally on a bagel or crusty roll)

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?

See above

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?

Sandwiches are generally done in a hurry so I don't know that I'll have time to be more inventive. But there are some good ideas on the thread!

BTW....not sandwiches but one of my favourite chicken leftover recipe involves mayo too - very old 70s recipe of my MIL but is delish. Leftover Chicken, cooked/leftover brocolli, mix in half tub of 1/2 fat creme fraiche, tbsp curry powder, 2-3 tbsp mayo and tsp of mustard. Top with a mix of grated gruyere and breadcrumbs. Bake 180C 30min. Sounds a bit odd I guess but is lovely!

cocoplops Wed 23-Oct-13 11:45:20

And I'm a non-tester!

cocoplops Wed 23-Oct-13 11:50:09

Oh and when I have a white or red cabbage then I tend to make some very 'rustic' coleslaw with some mayo and then have that in a pita or wrap with some cheese or ham.

lottietiger Wed 23-Oct-13 19:01:47

i was picked but not received anything yet.. reading this is making me hungry though.

dahville Thu 24-Oct-13 10:03:26

Non tester - it's not a regular thing as we are making a concerted effort to only cook as much as we need and the leftovers we have wouldn't normally be found in a sandwich (pasta, cauliflower cheese, brussel sprouts). We do use leftovers roast beef or roast chicken or turkey when we have it.

LoganMummy Thu 24-Oct-13 11:25:31

1. We make sandwichs/wraps about four days a week.
2. Usually about two or three different fillings each, except DS who loves ham.
3. I hate soggy bread so usually make as required. I'll often make the filling the night before.
4. To keep bread fresh I avoid making up sandwich until last minute possible. I'll often leave off wet fillings (tomatoes, sauce) and keep them in seperate tub.
5. Using leftover sausages worked really well with boiled egg became a bit of a breakfast sandwich. Also, we used bits of meat from leftover meals so chicken curry, gammon steak, turkey burgers. Using the mayo as a mixer made for some interesting combinations, many which worked well on wraps as opposed to bread.
6. Favourite leftover sandwich is when we have Greek salad or roasted veg (peppers, courgettes) the night before. Add a bit of pesto to a sandwich and it's amazing!
7. It was great to be 'forced' to become more creative and use up more leftovers so thank you! I also enjoyed using mayo for a change as I usually buy salad cream.
However I feel I'll only use mayo/salad cream when in the house as I found it made sandwiches a bit too soggy.
Having rediscovered how much of a treat a chip and mayo roll is has been worth it!

LoganMummy Thu 24-Oct-13 11:30:04

Should add; our mayo just arrived this morning. I didn't get an email to say I had been selected but I kept thinking about mayo so went out and bought some last week!

ClaimedByMe Thu 24-Oct-13 12:50:13

Have signed for my mayo now to make a sandwich...

I have a needing signed for parcel to collect tomorrow so I'm assuming its mayo and not another bargain from the Christmas thread

aristocat Thu 24-Oct-13 19:07:40

I also have a parcel to collect grin. Must be the mayo!

MrsPnut Thu 24-Oct-13 19:08:56

I too have a parcel to collect, I was trying to remember if I'd ordered any more stuff from the Christmas Bargain thread.

sharond101 Thu 24-Oct-13 21:55:55

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family? Every week day and usually on a Saturday. DH gets a packed lunch. DS and I have lunch at home or on the go.
2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week? DH has a mixture of two kinds, DS more variety and I stick to one or two varieties.
3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser? NIght before for packed lunches. As and when for home lunches.
4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh? Freeze your loaf and use as needed.
5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well? We have done sweet chilli chicken, chicken, red pepper, mayo and sweet chilli sauce. Cranberry chicken, chicken, cranberry sauce and mayo. We liked them all. Roast beef, roast beef with horseradish sauce, fried onions and mayo. Not so keen on this one.
6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers? I use leftover chicken in all of my own sandwiches.
7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise? We were more creative with the mayo and will continue to be.

BigGapMum Thu 24-Oct-13 22:02:45

I've never tried a lasagne sandwich, and to be honest, I'm not going to start now. Any leftover roast meats are great in sandwiches. I regularly boil a ham, and use the leftover ham in sandwiches. Either ham and homemade chutney or haw with rocket and mayo are my favorites.
DH likes cold roast potato and marmite sandwiches. He says they taste really meaty. confused

starfishmummy Thu 24-Oct-13 22:06:04

Non tester.

Ds loves to have a meal of leftovers, sometimes I manage to get there first and have them for my lunch - so leftover cold meats, sausages, hardboiled eggsetc perhaps with some salad and some chutney or some Hellmans.

Non tester. We use roast chicken loads, always with mayo! But my favourite is leftover roast pork with coleslaw.

nerysw Fri 25-Oct-13 09:41:30

Leftovers are great for meals at work. I'm lucky enough to have a nice kitchen re reheat and eat in where I work and on Mondays I have another Sunday lunch made of leftovers - perfect for cheering up a Monday! My favourite sandwich is roast chicken with real butter on the spread and some salt, lovely!

Elainey1609 Fri 25-Oct-13 10:30:37

Non-tester

I make sandwiches for myself as work packed lunch and for children.
Use what ever we have in the fridge leftovers
One of my favorites is a tomato and onion sandwich with a drop of vinegar.
Children like nearly anything but yesterday they had left over roast lamb with some mint sauce.
I've been known to put curry and even chilli con carne in a sandwich if it is what we have as left overs
I try to be adveterous with fillings. I get quite bored with lunch if they are repetitive .
Try to add a little salad whenever we gave a sandwich.
Often use extra light cheese spread, mayo or salad cream as a substitute for butter.
I always make sandwiches night before as I'm up a 4:30am for work.
Keep bread fresh by leaving it in freezer it's things like hovis or kingsmill and get slices out as we need them .
Fresh bread like tiger loaf ect get put in a food bag and placed in the bread bon to keep fresh.

Theimpossiblegirl Fri 25-Oct-13 18:18:35

Non-tester
One of the things I'm looking forward to about Christmas is leftover-sandwiches.

We have turkey and ham, which go lovely together cold with stuffing, salad, cranberry and a big dollop of Hellman's mayonnaise. Mmmmm.

I could eat one right now.

peronel Fri 25-Oct-13 21:43:10

Non-tester. I use meat from the Sunday roast to make a tasty stew the next day, with barley, lentils and lots of assorted veggies thrown in.

mum2eci Fri 25-Oct-13 22:42:05

Non tester here

We try not to throw away food where possible. Best use of our leftovers is usually from a Sunday roast so chicken/beef/lamb for sandwiches next day. If we have salmon fillets for tea with potatoes & veg, any leftover salmon and potatoes makes a lovely cold salad the following day for lunch just add some chopped spring onion and bind with mayo! Delicious :-)

SaltySeaBird Sat 26-Oct-13 15:08:59

Tester here, thank you for letting me be a part of this.

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
Probably most days. My DH will always have a sandwich for his lunch, and counts them as one of his favourite foods! Me and DD will typically have one say 4 times a week.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week
For DD and myself we will probably have a different one each time as I get bored easily and I like her to have variety (she is only one). DH will tend to have the same fillings most of the time.

Typically fillings for me and DD would be tuna mayo, chicken salad, egg mayo, ham and mustard, cheese and tomato, marmite and cucumber, cheese and apple. Really whatever is in the fridge! She also loves jam sandwiches but we try not to make a habit of that!

DH will normally have cheese and salad or chorizo and tomato.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
We always make them on the day. DH will normally make his own before work. If he is short on time he will throw the components into a tupperware pot and make it up when he is ready to eat it (although as he doesn't have butter or any other spreadable like mayo or chutney when he does this he tries not to!). I work from home so will make it up as I need them. If I am out at meetings or in the office I don't tend to have a sandwich.

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
We keep it frozen and take out slices as and when we need them. They defrost really quickly. Occasionally we have a fresh load and when making sandwiches to take out I think they need to be really well wrapped. I hate the bread when it starts to harden.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
Most of the time we don't have leftovers as we tend to eat what we cook. This does result in us sometimes eating portion sizes that are on the large size! For this challenge I decided to try and save some food purposely to make sandwiches with rather than load up our plates. This wasn't necessarily strictly leftovers as I didn't use it in the first place.

For example, we had a chicken and rocket risotto this week. Normally I would use a whole packet of chicken and the leftover rocket (as we only used half a bag) would sit in the fridge until it was eventually moved to the bin having formed into a green sludge. Instead I kept back some of the chicken (making our portions smaller) and used that with the left over rocket in sandwiches. To make them a bit more special I roasted a butternut squash in the oven, cut into chunks with some chilli flakes and thyme. This was mixed with the chicken and rocket along with some feta I had left over from a meal earlier in the week. I used warm flatbreads to make a really yummy folded wrap, spreading a bit of mayo onto the flatbread and topping that with the mixture (just a smear for me but quite a bit for DH as he loves it). See photo attached. I should hasten to add I am never normally this inventive!

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
Not sure about regularly but you can't beat the post Christmas Day turkey, stuffing, bread sauce and cranberry sandwich!

Another one that we do on a regular basis with with left over chicken from a roast. We shred it up with some celery cut quite thin and spring onion (again cut into fine rings). We mix with a few tablespoons of mayo and grated cheese and pop it in the oven so the cheese melts and the celery cooks (DH hates it raw).

We then have use this as a sandwich filling but as a main meal sandwich if that makes sense. It is really tasty!

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
Yes I think I will (at least in the short term). I'm already planning to use it to bind together some left over chargrill vegetables (that we will be having tonight) to use in sandwiches tomorrow lunchtime.

SaltySeaBird Sat 26-Oct-13 15:13:33

MNHQ, we can't attach photos to this thread?

I've uploaded one HERE

HootyMcOwlface Sat 26-Oct-13 21:31:22

Non-tester.
We're kinda boring and have cheese in our sandwiches most days. The only time we use leftovers is if I've done a roast dinner (beef) as we never get through it all. But I only do about three roasts a year (poor DH!).

sabretiggr Sat 26-Oct-13 23:32:42

non tester - Would love more ideas about what to use in leftovers as in theory i'm happy to but only some foods lend themselves to be put in sandwiches as leftovers so i'm open to new ideas.

Hellmanns mixed with horseradish with leftover roast beef is a popular sandwich in our household.

Willemdefoeismine Mon 28-Oct-13 08:55:15

Best use of left-over chicken in our family is MIL's gorgeous coronation chicken which uses mayo in it.....fantastic as a sandwich filler and always the first type of sandwiches to be finished off in her house when she has a 'do'!

Non tester.

My favourite sandwich ever is chicken or turkey shredded and mixed with Mayo and sweet corn, lovely if we have a roast at lunch time and the use the leftovers for sandwiches for tea smile

viperslast Mon 28-Oct-13 09:42:02

Non tester;

Left over nut roast with salad in warm fresh bread- yum. Obviously needs some mayo or cranberry sauce so it's not dry smile

We love left overs as a salad or in sandwiches for packed lunches.

ouryve Mon 28-Oct-13 12:29:55

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?

I only eat sandwiches 2 or 3 times a week, at most, as I don't like to eat a lot of bread. The boys have them most days, though.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?

I might have the same thing, every time or have something different in each sandwich.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?

I make them the night before for the boys' packed lunches. There's already too much to do in the morning, when I'm not at my best and it gives them chance to chill down so the fillings don't go off.

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?

Just don't buy or bake more than you need. I have a big lock'n'lock box for non-packaged bread. It doesn't keep crusts crispy, but it stops the rest from drying out.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?

I had visitors, last week, so did a buffet tea, once day. I made DH a sarnie with leftover roast ham and coleslaw, the other day, which went down well. I ended up not using the tub of prawn cocktail I'd bought, so piled that in a sandwich with lots of cucumber. It wasn't easy to eat, but was very tasty. We still have a bit of the ham and cucumber left to use up and I have leftover roast chicken. A loaf i bought on Friday is past its best, so I made DS2 a ham and cheese toasty for his lunch, today. Even though he likes the ham, he left it! I made myself a chicken ham and cucumber sandwich, with lots of mayo, with some fresher bread. I've uploaded a rather blurry picture of today's sandwiches (The light's not right good, today!) ETA Or rather, I was all set to, but this thread's been posted on the wrong board!

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?

Ham and fried egg. Mmmmm! (with mayo under the ham, for me, though DS1 prefers it plain, as he hates mayo)

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?

I'll still not eat a lot of bread, as it bloats me, so probably not. (I do prefer mayo to ketchup on my fish and chips, mind!)

AndHarry Mon 28-Oct-13 19:22:08

Non-tester.

Our family is just me, DH and our two very small children so we don't cook big joints of meat and don't tend to have sandwich-friendly leftovers. I'll definitely do it once the children are big enough to make it worthwhile cooking meat joints and really look forward to yummy ham/beef/lamb/chicken sandwiches! My absolute favourite is chicken and stuffing and shop-bought never tastes as good.

yeghoulsandlittledevils Tue 29-Oct-13 13:13:39

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
4-5

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?
4-5
3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
The night before.

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
Only buy what you need and freeze the rest. You can always use half a loaf and then freeze the rest. If bread goes stale (and not mouldy) dry out a bit more in the oven and make it into bread crumbs to use as toppings for savoury bakes and coatings for fish or chicken.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
What I find works is to plan using up the freshest cooked meats/fish in sandwiches and if these don't get used up within 2 or 3 days, cook the remainder up in an evening meal. this works well for leftover roast meats. Usually the white chicken meat gets used in sandwiches and the brown meat goes in curries and pasta bakes.

Salad ingredients get used for salads first, and then sandwiches (as they're hidden in a sandwich and don't have to look perfect.)

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?

Chicken and salad - with Hellmann's of course!
Also love leftover roast lamb with mint sauce, mayo and rocket, and roast beef with horseradish and tomato.

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?

I like the idea of keeping some of the chicken curry for a sandwich the next day, with some mango chutney. I've bought this type of sandwich ready made, but not tried making my own.

TheGatheringDark Tue 29-Oct-13 19:35:42

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
Usually once or twice a week

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?
Only one or two-wouldn't generally have the same filling twice in a week

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
I don't take sandwiches as a packed lunch, have them for lunch or supper if DH is out

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
We found that we were throwing bread away, so freeze it in sets of a few slices, and take it out when we need it.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
Have eaten more sandwiches in the last few days than ever before-we've really taken the challenge on!
Favourite leftovers combination-Quorn sausages with lettuce, tomato, radishes, a slice of cheese and some mustard mayo (it was AMAZING)
Also really good-leftover marinated tofu fried till it went crispy, some alfafa sprouts and lettuce, with garlicky lemon mayonnaise

Least favourite-I tried to make some falafel-y balls with leftover butterbeans and some spices but they failed and just fell apart, even with a bit of mayo to stick them back together

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
I love leftover broccoli frittata in a sandwich, with garlic and chilli flakes

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
Absolutely-it's been a great prompt to be a bit creative, even if it didn't always work out. Thank you!

lottietiger Tue 29-Oct-13 20:15:10

1.How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family? Me and my DH have sandwiches every day and my DS 3 or 4 times a week.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week? I like a different filling everyday or at least a different mixture of fillings. DS & DH doesn’t mind the same every day, or at least for a few days.
3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
We make up the pack lunch “extras” such as fruit, cake etc the night before and leave the actual sandwich making to the morning.

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
We tend to get a large loaf Friday when we know it will get eaten Fri, Sat & Sun & a smaller loaf, rolls or bake your own ciabatta Monday to Thursday.
5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well? We roast a joint every week but some weeks only use it for curries, casseroles etc and sandwiches. Bacon is great too as there is always a couple of pieces left over and some salad in the fridge. Fab with a big dollop of Hellmans. Not so keen on tomatoes as they make the bread soggy.

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers? I like a gammon joint, boiled up and then served in sandwiches the next day. Also chicken & stuffing orcold sausage as we never eat a whole pack for dinner or breakfast.
7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise? Yes, I haven’t had mayo for ages as we normally only buy it in the summer for salads. I forgot how good it was on a BLT, or cold roast meat. Added calories though…!

I've still not received anything. sad

vincenta Wed 30-Oct-13 10:06:15

All leftovers usually end up on my husbands next day lunchbox. He just warm up at work! He likes it more as there always is a variety, bigger portion, everything is yummy! For me it is good too-moneysaving and no leftoverssmile

Justtrying Wed 30-Oct-13 11:07:59

Tester here.
1. Make sandwiches for dh 2-3 times a week, and about the same for myself. Both take them as packing for work. Will make sandwiches for lunch or tea at home for myself and dd in the summer twice a week.
2. Will make 3 different sorts of sandwich filling for myself as I don't like the same thing all the time but, dh is happy with ham or corned beef most of the time.
3. Make dh's sandwiches the night before and mine if I'm on an early shift otherwise they get made just before I leave for work.
4. Bread stays fresh if sandwiches are kept out of the fridge and I think wrapping them in foil is nicer than using cling film. Having a teenager in the house bread rarely goes stale as it gets eaten quickly, however if I've made bread in the bread maker it keeps best in a zip lock bag.
5. Leftovers. Any roast meat works well with some sauce/chutney/flavoured mayo works well. Favourite is roast lamb with Mayo mixed with some mint sauce and a little spicy chutney with some green leaves. Left over tuna or salmon also good mixed with some sweet corn, diced pepper, gherkins and mayo also a favourite. Cheese grated with some apple, celery onion and mayo works well.

Not so successful cold tempura prawns with Mayo mixed with chilli sauce, the prawns really need to be hot, if at home warming them in the oven then stuffing in crusty white bread with chilli mayo, lettuce, mint and spring onions yum.

6. Favourite sandwich already made granary bread leftover roast chicken and stuffing with salad and mayo, perhaps a little mango chutney or cranberry ( or lingonberry) sauce.

7. Will try and be more inventive when time allows but putting dinner on the table, making dh's sandwiches and getting a toddler ready for bed after being out the house 12+ hours and getting to bed myself at a sensible time ready to get up at 4 am isn't very conducive to creative thinking but will make an effort on days off.

MrsPnut Wed 30-Oct-13 11:35:45

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
I usually make 3 packed lunches every week day and these are mostly sandwiches.
2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?
DD2 will only eat ham, cheese or chicken, OH is veggie so gets a rotation of hummus and cucumber, cheese and salad, fake meat and pickle and fake meat and salad. I tend to either have leftovers or rummage in the fridge for inspiration.
3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
I try to make them the night before and sometimes will make 2 days worth in one go on a sunday evening.
4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh? I buy breadrolls and freeze half the pack so there is fresh bread for the end of the week. I also use a mixture of different breads - wraps, pittas and sandwich thins to add variety.
5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well? I already use leftover roast meat in sandwiches and just carried that on - I have had left over pulled ham hock on a granary roll with salad leaves and mustard mixed with mayonnaise twice this week. I also use left over sausages with homemade apple and mint jelly in a toasted sandwich.
6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
My absolute favourite sandwich is leftover roast chicken in a baguette with stuffing, bread sauce, mayo, lettuce and lots of salt and pepper. If you can have cold roast potatoes with loads of rock salt on them as well then so much the better.
7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
I will certainly carry on using up leftovers in sandwiches, not sure about trying a pie sandwich but OH is keen.

ThePearShapedToad Wed 30-Oct-13 11:42:50

Non tester

The trick to a great leftovers sandwich is the Friends Ross sandwich idea- the moist maker

Eg: leftover roast chicken/ beef/ pork etc, with a good dollop of stuffing and veggies, but with a middle layer of gravy soaked bread in the middle

<Dribbles>

grin

Justtrying Wed 30-Oct-13 11:56:03

Today's lunch, mix some mint sauce with Hellmann Mayo spread over a wrap and topped with last nights leftover roast dinner warmed through with some gravy, lamb Boulanger potatoes, carrots and green beans.

Rather messy to eat but scrummy and economical.

yeghoulsandlittledevils Wed 30-Oct-13 14:21:28

Discovered a new combination today: leftover peppered mackerel (most of it got used in a couscous salad last week) with a large slice of roasted red pepper (from a jar) and Hellmann's. Surprisingly delicious.

tinypumpkin Wed 30-Oct-13 20:34:08

I have not really used leftovers in a sandwich to be honest but may well give it a whirl now.

I like mixing my mayo with some curry/tandoori powder and spreading on my bread before filling with leftover roast chicken and lots of salad...yum!!.

ClaimedByMe Thu 31-Oct-13 12:10:32

tester

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?

Monday to Friday for pack lunches, weekends we usually try to have something other than sandwiches.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?

Quite a few, dd will only have cheese but me and ds will eat nearly anything on a sandwich, chicken, beef, tuna, crisps..

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?

For packed lunches the night before!

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?

I just clingfilm, tinfoil if I run out of clingfilm, had no complaints.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?

Roast beef and mushroom and onions from the gravy, bit soggy but tasty and roast chicken and stuffing.

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?

I love Sunday roast cold on a Monday on a sandwich.

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?

I hope so.

DifferentNow Thu 31-Oct-13 16:10:30

If there's any chicken left after a roast, I have it with HP sauce on a white bread sandwich. I also sometimes keep leftover fajita in a wrap and eat it cold for lunch the next day.

aristocat Thu 31-Oct-13 23:06:29

Tester

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
DH and 2 DCs have sandwiches Mon-Fri. We also occasionally have sandwiches on a Saturday or one evening. I will have a sandwich probably 3-4 times a week.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?
DH is happy with anything (almost) and the DCs like ham or chicken preferably. I like mine piled with salad.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
We are early risers but I need to organise packed lunches the night before. Making 3 lots would be too hectic and I get a satisfaction from knowing that it is all prepared.

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
DH has brown/wholemeal cobs and the DCs have sliced bread. The bread is kept frozen and defrosted as and when we need it.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
This week I have made Chicken Tikka (and made extra so not essentially leftovers) for our sandwiches. It was divine. Tikka, salad and mayo smile
DH also made sandwiches with leftover Cottage Pie, which were very good. I also cooked too much bacon yesterday so today we had club sandwiches.

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
My favourite sandwich of all time is Roast chicken, salad and loads of mayo! Another one that I like is cheese and coleslaw or cheese/onion/mayo or cheese and apple.

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
Yes, it has reminded me how much I love mayonnaise. Thank you.

Can I just comment that I was rather surprised at the postage on my mayo parcel, it was sent Special delivery - at a cost of £6.55 for one mayonnaise jar and a leaflet hmm

Fabulous test, thanks again!

Tester here grin
1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family? Most days, but DD has FSM so not for her.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week? A few - ham, cheese, salad, nutella, jam, sometimes egg.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
I don't make them in advance, I'm at home and DH works from home but we normally eat sandwiches for lunch so just make them on demand.

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
It's not normally a problem, we get through almost a loaf a day!

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
We had some leftover roast veggies that normally I'd chuck into couscous, but we had them as sandwich filling this week and they were surprisingly lovely smile the halloumi wasn't so great, it had been in the fridge and squeaked when we ate it, wouldn't use that again.
DH tried pickled cucumber sandwich, he claimed it was lovely but it stank and frankly I don't know that I want to encourage him grin

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
I've not made leftover sandwiches before, I think mostly because except for DD we are veggie so don't have roast meat to use up.

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
I will definitely do some extra veg next time we have roast veg, and save it for sandwiches. I've also been thinking about other fillings we could use that aren't strictly leftovers, and fancy trying things like grated carrot & cheese mixed together, and I'm keeping my eye out for other ideas too.

Bubbles85 Fri 01-Nov-13 14:57:39

Non-tester

I always use leftovers in sandwiches and my favourite is definitely chicken after the Sunday roast!

ShatnersBassoon Fri 01-Nov-13 15:20:35

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?

Usually every day.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?

Half a dozen, at a guess.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?

Always made in the morning.

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?

I keep my bread bin in the pantry. It's a lot cooler than the kitchen and stops the bread getting sweaty inside the packaging.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?

I tried some leftover Quorn chicken-style nuggets in a roll. It was OK, but not something I'd deliberately repeat!
The children took leftover roast chicken on Monday and Tuesday - it was mixed with mayo, lemon juice and black pepper. One didn't like it at all, saying it had made the bread soggy (fussy monkey, usually only likes plain foods) but was otherwise successful.

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?

DH absolutely loves a cold sausage sandwich, so I make sure I cook enough sandwiches to allow him this small pleasure! He slices them and mixes them with something moist, like chutney and mayo, then puts them in a roll. He's easily pleased!
I'm not a huge fan of meat so enjoy leftovers that lend themselves less well to being put in a sandwich (see Quorn nugget disappointment above), but I really enjoy Quorn roast in a sandwich with stuffing, and I did use mayo as a moistening spread and enjoyed it more than usual.

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?

Yes, as someone who was unsure if they even liked mayonnaise, I will start to use it to keep an otherwise dry sandwich filling moist, by using it like a spread.

Jinty64 Fri 01-Nov-13 15:51:20

Non-tester. Left over mince makes a great sandwich and haggis makes a good toastie.

whattodoo Fri 01-Nov-13 15:59:11

I generally take a portion of leftovers in a Tupperware for lunch the next day.
Very rarely, I make it into a sandwich, adding mayo or chutney etc.

CMOTDibbler Fri 01-Nov-13 17:12:20

tester - thank you for the Hellmanns!

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
I'm gluten free, and the cost of nice gf bread is so high that I don't have sarnies more than once a week. Ds has school lunches, so has sandwiches at weekends and holidays.
2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?
As many as we have sandwiches! As a sarnie is a treat for me I like to vary things, and ds is very easy going on what he'll eat.
3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
Made fresh or in the morning
4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
Mine is always in the freezer, the rest of the family get a loaf split and then frozen so it doesn't get wasted
5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
As its been half term, ds has had sarnies everyday. He liked left over spag bog in a roll (like a sloppy joe), a sausage sarnie with ketchup/mayo. DH tried making a roll with leftover bits from a roast with sliced cold roast potato, meat and carrot batons - the carrots didn't work but the dog ate those instead.
6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
Roast chicken, sweet chilli sauce, Hellmans and avocado in a GF wrap.
7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
Yes, we'll try harder!

lilyloo Fri 01-Nov-13 17:14:54

Being a family of 5 we rarely have left overs. However we do sometimes use the left over meat from a roast dinner for packed lunch sandwiches.

loumatt Fri 01-Nov-13 17:58:09

Non-Tester. My DW makes me the most fantastic roast dinner sandwiches (chicken, roast potatoes and stuffing) on a Monday to use up the leftovers from Sunday's lunch - made all the better with a healthy dollop of Hellman's Mayonnaise of course!

Rockinhippy Fri 01-Nov-13 18:23:50

I have just replied to a reminder email, but my bottle was sent out late & didn't arrive until the beginning of this week & it's school holidays here & DD & DH are away visiting family, so no packed lunches & no left overs here this week as I'm ill & not eating much anyway or I wouldn't be here myself

We should be back to normal next week & happy to leave feed back then when I have some to leave, hope that's not too late

Rockinhippy Fri 01-Nov-13 18:52:46

Doh - just spotted the questionnaire I can at least do that bit smile

thank you for the Hellmanns! - I will wade into that next week & add more when I do

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?

That would depend if you mean classic bread sandwiches or not - DH is the only one that really eats much bread, DD & I tend to mostly don't eat it but if we do have something akin to a sandwich it's more likely to be made with a wrap, but probably 2/3 times a week

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?

DD is a creature of habit & likes her favourites, so probably only 2 for her, DH likes lots of different ones, so he will have 2 different sandwiches each time he has them, I don't often eat sandwiches at all - so maybe 8

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?

Varies according to fillings & how knackered I am the night before - probably 50/50

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh

Wraps keep better than bread, but with bread Keep it in the fridge & freeze half a loaf until needed - when making my own, bake it in small batches, keeping dough in the fridge

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?

I will be making various coleslaws with left over scraps of fresh veg which will go with both salads & sandwiches, I will add various spices to these depending on veg used, for example, grated pumpkin will be mixed with onion, cabbage or whatever, mayo & curry powder to make it more interesting, left over pasta will be used as cold pasta salad coated with mayo, left over fruits will be made into cake using mayo instead of eggs & fat

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers.

Yes, cooked smoked salmon trimmings left over from pasta & baked potato meals is great with lemon pepper, mayo & lettuce, leftover fish fingers the same, both in wraps

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?

No, I'm always pretty inventive & use up leftovers where I can - might use more mayo though, lets see how it works with cous cous etc

wheredoistartmrs Fri 01-Nov-13 19:55:53

tester
1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family? 5 times a week for school and work
2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week? 4 types,cheese and mayo, chicken and mayo, jam and cheese salad
3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser? make night before
4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
keep in the fridge plus there is not time for bread to go off in our house!
5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
i tried using cold meats more from previous evening meals, we had pork with mayo, chicken salad and mayo, egg mayo and tuna mayo were new.
6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers? it use to be chicken and mayo but i did enjoy the pork one.
7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise
yes i am going to make more varieties of sandwiches.

wheretoyougonow Fri 01-Nov-13 20:42:54

Tester here - thanks for the mayo.

1) everyday sandwiches are made.
2) 3 different fillings a week.
3) we are early riser makers. I don't like fridge cold sandwiches
4) I don't do anything special to keep bread fresh. I just make sure the bag is sealed.
5) we have purchased a sandwich toaster so have been experimenting with that. Sunday roast meat leftovers with mayo has been a firm favourite. We did have a go with the veg but it wasn't do successful as it was a bit soggy!
6) sausage is a favourite left over sandwich. Also chicken and stuffing. I also like spaghetti bolognese sandwich with mayo (no I'm not pregnant!)
7) it would make me consider mayo instead of automatically going for the red sauce instead.

nobalance Fri 01-Nov-13 23:10:55

Non tester. Often have left over meat (roast beef / chicken etc ) or sausages in sandwiches. Other leftovers I usually have heated in microwave on days I am home for lunch. Bolognase, pasta salad, curry etc

k8vincent Sat 02-Nov-13 15:49:24

How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
I get a free lunch at work, so don't make sandwiches for myself. DS1&2 Monday-Thursday, DS3 Monday and Friday, DH Monday & Tuesday. So every day for someone.

How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?
Generally we are very uncreative with our fillings. Marmite/Cheese/Ham (cheese and ham always with Mayo).

Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
Definitely the night before. It is far too much of a rush in the morning. By Friday when it is just DS3 I am tempted to leave it to DH in the morning and just leave early to avoid the chaos.

What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
We use wraps and bake our own. Mostly wraps for packed lunches, they are so easy.

What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
Over half term we have discovered that you basically, you can pretty much put anything into a wrap. We've had breakfast sandwiches (egg, bacon, beans and mayo) with leftover beans, we've had cold chilli wraps with mayo and cheese - they always work well, left-over gammon in a sandwich. Lamb meatballs, shredded lettuce and mayonnaise was a delicious option. A friend convinced us to try chocolate spread and mayonnaise. It was odd, but surprisingly not disgusting. I tried the lasagne but it was really a sandwich on its own.

Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
Cold chilli and sometimes, if there is any left, cold curry. Any leftover Sunday roast but alas there aren't many leftovers these days. Any leftover bits of apple go into an afternoon sandwich with chocolate spread now (not with mayo though).

After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
I would love to say yes, but the jar of Marmite is just so handy! I think I might set myself a challenge of being more creative just once a week. That I might be able to manage.

Rishi79 Sun 03-Nov-13 22:41:51

Tester Here

Thank you for the Helmanns mayo, we are already a big fan of it and this was a little treat to our love towards Helmanns.

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
Atleast 4 -5 times a week. It is the most easiest and quickest lunch I can pack.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week? Varies based on what we have at home as a filling to make sandwich. I have learnt to stuff it with the leftover vegetable mix curry if I make any. Otherwise it is usually few vegetables and cheese.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
It is usally in the morning because I try to use the left overs if any from the previous day dinner. And I feel that is atleast a little fresh and than making it at night. It is meant to be a quick packed lunch and I dont see a point in making it at night!

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
I try to retain the packaging intact as much as possible and seal it nicely. Once it is almost close the expiry date, I keep it in the fridge tightly sealed. Works fine so far atleast for 5 days unless I forget it in the fridge for a week.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
Leftover chicken with Hellmans mayo and sweet chilli sauce
Leftover lamb curry with Hellmans mayo and tamrind chutney
Leftover vegetable mix curry.
Bread, Hellmans Mayo and ketchup ( my daughter likes it.. not me though)

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
I love the Sandwich I make with the Peas, Carrot curry I make.

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
Ofcourse, I alread think sandwich is a great invention to reduce left overs. With Helmanns Mayo the adventure begins.

Tester Here

I had to sign for the package at the post office so sorry I'm late to the thread.

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?

Very other day, it's the one snack everyone likes.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?

I buy pre made fillings as well as ham and cheese for ease but always add may, even toasted sandwiches have a squeeze of mayo on the side.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?

The night before or freeze rolls filled with BBQ pulled pork that can be heated in the microwave at work.

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?

Same as Rishi :

I try to retain the packaging intact as much as possible and seal it nicely. Once it is almost close the expiry date, I keep it in the fridge tightly sealed

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?

Leftover chicken in coronation chicken using mayo
Leftover pork mixed with BBQ sauce, mayo on the side
Chicken and stuffing with mayo

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?

Christmas dinner sandwich, including bread sauce!

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?

I live mayo with chips, fish fingers, bacon - all with mayo --and added ketchup/salad cream.

I love it grin

Cherryjellybean Mon 04-Nov-13 08:00:26

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?
I make them every day. Its one of my daughters and husbands favourite foods. We usually have them at lunch time.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?
We are usually really boring. Me and dd, usually either have cheese, ham, (sometimes with some salad inside)or jam.

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?
Early riser! They don't seem as fresh to me if they are made the day before. Plus anything like cucumber or mayo in the sandwich the night before might make the bread yucky and wet!

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?
Keep the sticky tie to keep the bread sealed and we also freeze what we don't think we will use.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?
Bolognese sandwich, and curried vegetables sandwich ( dh likes these but not me or dd). We both liked Stuffing, mayonnaise and chicken. Sausages, salad and mayonnaise works well too. Any leftovers like fish fingers are good in a wrap with salad and mayonnaise.

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?
My parents in law always have left over meat in their fridge, so often when we go there, we have cold meat sandwiches ( eg cooked ham etc) with a bit of chutney.

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?
Yes, a lot of our leftovers used to go in the bin. But since the challenge, and my morning sickness has kicked in, there's been a lot more left and i have more ideas. So I will be putting a lot more left overs in the fridge for sandwiches now smile
Thanks for letting us be a part of this!

Cherryjellybean Mon 04-Nov-13 08:01:03

I meant to say I am a tester

manfalou Mon 04-Nov-13 11:21:31

Non Tester...

The only left overs we have are from the sunday roast which either go into sandwiches or a curry over the following couple of days. Sometimes I do enough pasta for a cold pasta salad lunch the following day but the meals we have aren't really meals we get left overs from... I buy and cook what we need.

Fillybuster Mon 04-Nov-13 16:42:50

Non tester here.

I love turning leftovers into interesting salad/sandwich combinations, but sadly my group of gannets lovely dcs don't always leave enough to work with grin

Favourite combo is chicken, salt beef, pickled cucumbers, Hellmans, mustard, hoummous, sliced tomato and lettuce all on homemade granary or rye bread.

Yum grin grin

Now I'm hungry.....

NettleTea Mon 04-Nov-13 17:06:23

Non tester
yup. leftover sandwich user here!!
nothing like some rare roast beef heated up and served in a thick sandwich with hellmans, horseradish tomato and rocket. scrumptious

stephgr Mon 04-Nov-13 21:58:01

Non-tester
I always use leftovers in sandwiches - I'll put just about anything in a sandwich. My favourite is leftover roast meat especially chicken or turkey with stuffing or bread sauce. I also love roast potato sandwiches! Chip sandwiches (chip butties!) are brilliant with Hellmans. My husband likes chip butties with ketchup but mayo is much better!

Ruby6918 Tue 05-Nov-13 09:41:22

im super frugal now,

i boil a gammon for dinner, the leftovers can be used for ham and mustard, ham and salad and ham and cheese sandwiches or toasties and i use the stock and freeze it for casseroles.

leftover chicken, = coronation chicken and sweetcorn with a wee bit of chuttney or onion relish

if my eggs are about to go out of date, its egg and onion sandwiches with mayo and black pepper, or egg and chopped up bacon or ham, or egg and grated cheese

mushrooms are brill if made into a toastie with some cheese or ham or whatever is left in the fridge

And dont throw away your old bananas. they are lovely with a seeded or granary bread , try banana and nutella the kids will love them

Waste not want not in my house!

Uzma01 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:08:35

As a quick and easy lunch - I've found adding some types of curries into sandwiches along with some salad are delicious. Either regular sandwiches or ones made in a sandwich toaster are fab depending on the time of year - need to get a sandwich toaster now it's colder.

Mince, shredded chicken, lentils and hummus are some of my favourite sandwich fillings with the traditional tuna/cucumber & mayo with a little salt/pepper.

MinesAPintOfTea Tue 05-Nov-13 15:28:34

Non-tester

Bread machine runs most nights. We have sandwiches with leftover roast meat/home cooked ham/meatloaf for lunch most days. DH has to have mayo, I have to have it dry.

Allalonenow Tue 05-Nov-13 17:36:59

Hello, Tester Here,
1) I make sandwiches about five times a week, usually for a quick lunch.

2) I have a different filling each day, so five types of filling.

3) I make sandwiches on the day, but if it is tomato and mayonnaise (a special favourite of mine) I make it a few hours ahead, as I like it to have gone a bit soggy, or to use culinary terminology, to let the flavours develop and mingle.

4) I keep bread in the fridge to keep it fresh, and usually also have half a loaf or so in the freezer for emergencies.

5) Some ideas that I used:
A chicken, rice and lentil salad with Hellmann's to bind it together, worked well as a filling.
Left over broccoli aspagagus and spinach chopped and mixed with Hellmann's was tasty, but would have worked better in a wrap than in bread.
Leeks, diced ham and Hellmann's worked well.
Potatoes mixed with spring onions, thinly sliced sausage and Hellmann's was surprisingly good.
Other favourites using mayonnaise were fried egg or omelette, left over roast chicken, salmon and cucumber.

6) Yes, my all time favourite is egg mayonnaise with ham or bacon, often made with the last egg and the last rasher in the world!

7) Yes, it's years since I had Coronation chicken so will be having that soon, and am thinking of smoked fish with mustard and mayonnaise. I'll by trying the mayonnaise and chocolate spread too, and might add some peanut butter.
I'm also going to try a wider variety of bases, such as wraps and bagels.

I've enjoyed being a tester for the first time, so thank you.
I liked the novelty of the new bottle / lid gizmo, but thought they would work best as an on the table dispenser, but will stick with the jars myself, as so simple to spoon out just how much you need.

hobbisl38 Tue 05-Nov-13 21:53:35

I'm a non-tester and we regularly use leftovers in sandwiches. I keep the plastic containers from our takeaways to keep offcuts of chicken or beef to put in sandwiches - and tuna with Hellmans is a staple sarnie filling for us.

Geniene Wed 06-Nov-13 12:45:49

I actually prefer leftovers in sandwiches to fresh ingredients, they have much more flavour. So...we do this alot! Especially chicken, it's obvious but goes so well with butter and mayo and tastes delicious!

tethersend Wed 06-Nov-13 15:32:58

You can't beat a leftover roast sandwich- roast chicken, sliced stuffing, watercress and gherkins with mayonnaise.

sassolino Wed 06-Nov-13 19:25:08

I love leftovers in sandwiches. Any roast meat & veg will do, with a little bit of rocket, a heaped tablespoon of mayo mixed with smoked chilli paste or pesto, a squeeze of lemon, olives or green grapes, or pickled gherkins. The choices are endless. Whatever herbs I have or salad leaves, sometimes it is paired with cheese.
(I'm a non-tester)

BlackeyedSusan Wed 06-Nov-13 23:35:09

(non tester)

unfortuntely we do not use mayonnaise in sandwiches as dd is allergic to egg. I do miss it though.

I make sandwiches everyday for dd. usually a varition on cheese or soft cheese or chicken. ds has left over tea in a pot, but sometimes sandwiches for breakfast or tea and at the weekend.

sandwiches are made in the morning.

roast chicken left overs are great in sandwiches, as is roast pork.

soft tomatoes go into the tea to make pastaa sauce.

hunhun007 Fri 08-Nov-13 18:05:28

Non-tester

We use leftovers but not all of them - things like chicken I turn into chicken salad and put into a sandwich for next day lunch.. or any other meat for this matter
I guess we should re-use more, but we also have dogs, so a lot of food which we don't eat on the spot is shared with them

DoctorGilbertson Fri 08-Nov-13 18:22:21

Non-tester

Do you regularly use your leftovers in a sandwich for lunch the next day?

No.

If you don't, do you think it’s something you'd try?

I really think that it depends on the quality of the leftovers. Fishfingers, for example, would make a fab left over sandwich but we seldom have leftover fishfingers. Random rice and frozen veg that the family has declined to eat the night before often doesn't appeal even to me as a filling for my lunch sandwich.

10thingsihateaboutpoo Fri 08-Nov-13 18:42:13

We don't use leftovers in sandwiches as we don't usually have any as we tend to get our portions just right. Loving some of the ideas on this thread though!

DinoSnores Fri 08-Nov-13 18:57:54

Non tester here, but we don't tend to use leftovers in sandwiches. We'll often cook enough dinner and have the same for lunch the next day.

Punkatheart Fri 08-Nov-13 19:29:37

1. How often do you make sandwiches for yourself and/or your family?

Not often enough - my daughter is very fussy.

2. How many different types of sandwich filling do you have in one week?

Maybe two

3. Do you make sandwiches the night before or are you an early riser?

No - they go soggy

4. What are your hints and tips to keep your bread fresh?

Some people say the fridge but just wrapped in an airtight container is fine.

5. What ideas did you/ your family come up with for using leftovers in sandwiches? What worked well/ what didn’t work out so well?

I am not imaginative enough. I tried beetroot - which was a bit messy. Veggie sausages were lovely!

6. Do you have a favourite sandwich you already made regularly with your leftovers?

Sausages or ahem - crisps.

7. After taking part in the challenge do you think you will be more inventive in your sandwich fillings featuring Hellmann's Mayonnaise?

Yes, definitely. I should be able to sandwich anything - within reason!

katiewalters Fri 08-Nov-13 20:36:47

I use leftover chicken in a sandwich

goldenretriever Sat 09-Nov-13 07:52:31

Non tester. Definitely! Especially if have some left over meat from Sunday lunch with a bit mayo to give it some taste and texture usually.

timeforacuppa Sat 09-Nov-13 10:02:50

Non tester

Always use the meat but it does need mayo to soften so...

Chicken, mayo and whatever fresh herbs I have (thyme, oregano etc)
Beef and may with crushed chillies
Pork with mayo and dijoin mustard...

DeathByLaundry Sat 09-Nov-13 15:20:07

Do you regularly use your leftovers in a sandwich for lunch the next day?
- yes, especially if we've had a roast or something. Apart from DH who has form for creating sandwiches out of anything imaginable. Cottage pie sarnie? Done it. Lasagne roll? Been there. Curry toastie? Regularly. Absolutely foul if you ask me.

Blatherskite Sat 09-Nov-13 15:28:46

My absolute favourite left-overs meal is a tortilla wrap with roast chicken, salad leaves and a good squirt of Hellmanns.

T'is the food of the Gods.

I tend to have lots of good intentions with leftovers and will carefully wrap leftovers and pop them in the fridge...before remembering they're there 4 or 5 days later when they're not really any good for eating and having to throw them out sad

CheeryCherry Sat 09-Nov-13 17:01:30

Non tester here...I use leftovers, leftover salad gets used in sandwiches, as does grated cheese and cold meats. A blob of mayo too of course!

I use leftover roast dinner for my sarnie on a Monday, with mayo instead of butter, but since going dairy free I'm sad that I can't use it anymore as Hellmans has cream added! It's a shame as mayo is traditionally dairy free. It's also made making my own coleslaw difficult unless I use another brand.

BooMeowson Sat 09-Nov-13 19:15:37

Non tester here - I'm just the worst and waste a lot of food and rarely put leftovers into sandwiches. Looking forward to picking up ideas from this thread!

Although when I do a pulled pork roast, I always keep the pork and stuffing and make my husband a sandwich. Similarly I keep left over fajita mix and make it into a baguette for him the next day too sometimes.

IAlwaysThought Sat 09-Nov-13 19:47:10

I love anything in a sandwich. blush. Lovely fresh bread, leftovers plus Hellmanns light mayo (to replace calorie laden butter ) is a very typical lunch for me.
I get my DCs (young adults) to eat 'leftovers' in their sandwiches by not giving them too many alternatives. If the fridge is bare apart from yesterday's roast chicken they will use it. Necessity is the mother of invention and all that.

JulesJules Sun 10-Nov-13 09:45:46

Non tester.

We rarely have leftovers grin

Favourite in this house: flaked mackerel, add splodge of yogurt, splodge of Hellman's, black pepper and a squish of lemon or lime juice.

Not for me, as I'm vegetarian. My favourite leftover to eat with Hellman's would be cold roast potatoes, not in a sandwich though!

Finally received my parcel, thank you! I forgot how lovely and creamy Hellmans was compared to supermarket brands.

So anyway, onto leftovers!

We have the usual stuff, I cook too much on purpose so I can freeze portions for lazy days.

Thing like left over roasties and veg I make into little bubble and squeak patties for sandwiches, there is nothing better of a Morning than one of honest on some homemade bread with a squeeze of mayonnaise and some ketchup.

We are the sort of family that eat anything and I'm a believer that there is noting that can't go in a sandwich, left over curry and mango chutney is a real winner here as are a couple of sausages that the kids have left on their plate chopped up with a boiled egg and some mayo.

angell74 Mon 11-Nov-13 00:03:37

I am a non-tester who actually plans my meals around the left-overs they will leave me for packed lunches. My lunch is always left-overs - usually between two pieces of bread. Our family favourite is sausage stuffing loaf (from the Sunday roast) with lettuce and mayo although pigs in blanket sarnies are a close second.

mumsbe Mon 11-Nov-13 14:04:32

Yes i do use left overs in a sandwich wrap pitta or stuffed in peppers with christmas just around the corner we will have turkey coming out of our ears so mixing turkey mayo rice and veg then putting in one of the above you have a fab meal or healthy snack for the kids use some rasins to make a hapy face on your chosen meal and the kids will love the sweet taste

non tester here
nothing better than a sandwich with left over roast; ham chicken, beef, pork..... whatever. my dad also used to eat a mince and potato sandwich.

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Nov-13 10:50:12

Thank you to everyone who added their comments. Congratulations to sharond101 who won the £150 M&S voucher and to nobalance who won the £50 Hellmann's hamper! We'll be in touch shortly.

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