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Yokatsu Sat 28-Jul-18 18:06:14

So i often make sandwiches the night before a day trip out so i just grab them them in the morning. If it was something simple like ham that stores in the fridge anyway is there any reason why i couldnt make it 2 days in advance?

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Ricekrispie22 Sat 28-Jul-18 19:48:29

The bread is likely to become stale and the ham turns a bit manky is left against butter too long.

ClandestineAdulation Sat 28-Jul-18 19:52:14

Why don’t you give it a go and see how it is after 2 days in the fridge?

I guess you could do it, but for the two minutes that it takes to make a sandwich, is it worth it?

WooYa Sat 28-Jul-18 19:59:47

I've seen people online FREEZE their sandwiches! Bread, butter and ham then wrap up and freezer. Just take it out the night before to defrost hmm

Yokatsu Sat 28-Jul-18 21:48:51

@WooYa ok im going to trial run it! One ham sandwich in the freezer....

@ClandestineAdulation... i appreciate to most people it might just be a couple of minutes making a sandwich but for me its a pressure i dont need when im on my own trying to get out the house by 7am with a disabled child after a long day out the day before. (Long distance gruelling hospital appointment the day after a mega treat day neither of which date i could influence) The more i can get ahead the more chance i have of pulling it off!

@Ricekrispie22 What about something like tuna mayo with no butter. Might that work better

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keyboardkate Sat 28-Jul-18 21:55:57

When I was working and on a tiny budget I used to make up my weeks lunch sandwiches and freeze them in a ziplock bag. Take them out in the morning and they were absolutely fine, no sogginess or anything like that. Brilliant, do give it a try.

If you don't mind I'll tell you the few things that worked really well for me...

No mayonnaise, no salads on the bread EVER.

Just butter or spread, bring the accompaniments if you wish, but I rarely bothered.

Ham
Cheese
Cheese and ham
Turkey or chicken slices.
Peanut butter and creamed cheese like Philly.

Give it a try, it might turn out to be a godsend for you!

My sister worked as a food buyer for a high end supermarket, and a lot of their sandwiches were frozen, even said so on the pack!) But obv had defrosted before being placed on the shelves!

Yokatsu Sat 28-Jul-18 22:00:20

@keyboardkate thank you good info and interesting about the shop sandwiches!! Ham or peanut butter will be perfect for both me and the kids.it would certainly help solve the problem of 6 meals out the house over two days!

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keyboardkate Sat 28-Jul-18 22:04:06

Best of luck Yokatsu.

Maybe you might update the thread with either good or bad reviews on frozen (and defrosted!) sandwiches.

Some people can be very fussy, but I never had a problem myself, I was always hungry by lunchtime and scoffed the lot!

Yokatsu Sat 28-Jul-18 22:19:40

I will definitely update the thread! The sandwich is staying in until Monday to replicate my timings so will update upon sandwich eating then!

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Yokatsu Sat 28-Jul-18 22:20:12

And thank you flowers

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madvixen Sat 28-Jul-18 22:25:27

I make my sandwiches on a Sunday and freeze them. I've found that ham works best but please don't try egg mayo, that's not good 😮
It's also been really nice in the hot weather as my lunchbox hasn't needed an ice pack 😂

WooYa Sun 29-Jul-18 09:59:17

I can't wait for this update! Going back to work soon and I need time-saving ideas for lunches for me and DH. It would be amazing to just grab a butty out of the freezer.

Yokatsu Sun 29-Jul-18 13:49:33

@madvixen Egg mayonnaise is one on my DD's favourite so thats good to know!
@WooYa its coming out tomorrow.. but its looks good so far.

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kateandme Mon 30-Jul-18 09:19:12

used to do five day week in freezer then take out the night before wha we needed for next days lunch.
butter fine.
mayo fine.
if weve done salad only do the night or two before in fridge.
cucumber fine and tomato.
heres what weve done
chicken salad with and without butter and mayo
tuna may
tuna cucmber
coronation chicken
beef and horseradish
pork and stuffing.
cheese and ham with and without butter.
jam(surprisingly nice when sometimes still ever so cold from the freezers!
golden syrup.
bolognase and chilli wraps
chicken wraps
cheese wrap
fajita wraps.
mince pitta pockets.
but once out the freezer eat the same day or as in us from freezer to fridge overnight to lunch.
for the saladie bit we used to have little tupperares of tomato cucumber and salad to pick from daily if this helps smile
also buying those teeni tiny tupperwares to take mayo or salad dressing etc in Is really helpful.

LockedOutOfMN Mon 30-Jul-18 09:33:22

Hummus works well in a frozen sandwich. The flavoured hummus such as red pepper, lemon, chilli, or beetroot has a bit more flavour than the plain (imo). You could take a small bag of salad leaves or grated carrot from the fridge to add to the defrosted sandwich too.

Yokatsu Mon 30-Jul-18 12:13:36

Freezer Sandwich Update!

So the plain ham sandwich has come out the freezer.... like a plain ham sandwich! Absolutely fine!

Thank you all for the encouraging comments and suggested sandwhich fillings! It certainly has made the logistics of two quite complicated days that little bit easier! Very much appreciated flowers xx

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Occamsrazorblade Mon 30-Jul-18 12:18:39

My sister (student) buys 10p sandwiches from the supermarket (Tesco I think) when reduced, takes out any greenery (lettuce, cucumber) and freezes. Lunches all week for 50p!

keyboardkate Mon 30-Jul-18 13:45:11

Glad you were pleased with the result Yokatsu!

WooYa Sat 04-Aug-18 08:52:29

That's great @Yokatsu ! Just told DH - he thinks I'm crazy hmmgrin

CherryPavlova Sat 04-Aug-18 09:46:24

Freezing is definitely the way to go. They defrost over the morning so remain fresh and reduces risk of toxic pathogens colonising them in the heat - so are safer.

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