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5 Sandwich-Making Tips

By : | 6 Comments | On : January 29, 2013 | Category : Tips


1. Spread Out
Sandwich spreads add flavor but also perform the essential task of lending moisture and sometimes creaminess to sandwiches. Mustard and mayo are the familiar standbys, but don’t stop there. It’s well worth experimenting with the following: vinaigrettes, pestos, BBQ sauces, chutneys, and salsas.

2. Use the Right Bread
Choose bread appropriate to the sandwich you’re making. Pair moist fillings with soft, fluffy breads and you’ve got a recipe for a sponge, not a sandwich. As a general rule, the moister the filling the drier and denser the bread should be. A good, thick crust helps, too. Swap in large flour tortillas, if you like, for moist fillings. They keep ingredients in check and maintain their integrity much better than many breads.

3. Choose To-Go Toppings
We love lettuce and tomato in sandwiches. They lend moisture, crunch and freshness and provide a wonderful foil for heavy, rich ingredients. They are, however, almost entirely water, and thus over extended periods are prone to wilting and, worse, making bread soggy. Luckily there are plenty of vegetables that offer all the benefits of lettuce and tomato without the drawbacks. In place of sliced tomatoes, for instance, try giving roasted peppers. (It helps if you first blot the peppers dry with a paper towel). Instead of lettuce, experiment with other vegetables, like sliced fennel, spinach, shredded cabbage, or cucumber.

4. Stave Off Sogginess
Spread mayo, butter or cream cheese all the way to the edges of each slice of bread to create a seal against wet sandwich fillings. Also, try packing high moisture ingredients, like tomatoes, pickles, and cucumbers, separately. Just add them to the sandwich when you’re ready to eat. Toasting the bread can help, too.

5. Take the Edge Off Onions
Onions can give sandwiches a welcome bite but often must be tamed a bit to be enjoyed raw. There are two effective ways to take some of the edge off sliced onions: Either soak thinly sliced onions in ice water for 20 minutes or so. Then drain and blot dry. (This method adds crispness.) Or toss sliced onions with a generous sprinkling of kosher salt. Wait a few minutes. Rub salt into the onions, rinse, drain




  1. posted by Joey 01 on Feb 12, 2013

    I need a recipe for Magdoose pleaaaase…

  2. posted by MAK & CHEESE on Feb 12, 2013

    My little sister wants to have a halloween party & I need ideas for the Haunted house.

    Thing to have & do ..


    please reply.

  3. posted by Echo on Feb 12, 2013

    :p im just feeling soooo hungry Lol and i no it sounds weird but me and my bro are going to have a best sandwich making compitition and who ever wins gets £20 :) and i really want to win

  4. posted by x_blind_x_gamer_x on Mar 21, 2013

    Any new ideas? How do you like to make yours?
    My favorite is…Double Velveta Slice Cheese, Smoked Ham and Thinnly Sliced Tomatoes with Dried Peppers Sprinkled inside.

    OOh Its sooo good! What is your take on the Grilled Cheese!!

  5. posted by borabora5524 on Mar 26, 2013

    *****had to redo this question since i put it in the wrong category********* XP

    I’ve been working @ subway for a few days now (about 5 or 6 sifts over 2 weeks), and I kind of have a hold on things, but its just not there. It’s my first job, and I was doing good the first few days, but yesterday i had a total drop. My head was racing, I was nervous (but didn’t let the customers know), I was making a fool out of myself, and to top it all off i was working with a TOTAL *********. When I would ask a question, she would get irritated, she expected me to know every nook and cranny of the place and to know how to do everything, she told me she wasn’t mad at me personally, but how i wasn’t “Trying”, even though i was trying to do the best i could. any tips on how to get better, i do fine @ sandwich making, but when it comes to things like prep and inventory, and mainly just the inner bones i am lost, I have to work with that ***** tomorrow ( i know not everyone is perfect, but her attitude was uncalled for). I also work with the girl that taught me the basics and taught me most things, and she’s cool, its just the other girl I cant stand, she has no class :P

    the rude girl was just breathing down my neck on everything I was doing, from the way i was cutting bags of sauces, to the way i was washing dishes and how i was handling a lunch rush until she just let me off duty since it was the end of my shift, but the way she did it was very rude and she just had a rude tone in her voice like ‘ugh just leave’ and what not like i was f*ing up everything.

  6. posted by dubmecrazy3 on Mar 26, 2013

    I am having a 13th Birthday and its a halloween Birthday and a costume contest.but i just don’t know what to do at the party we can have dancing but i don’t know what else.

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