Thinking of making the highly-committed change of bringing a lunchbox work? Packing a homemade meal not only helps you save money, but also gives you more control and variety over what goes into your meal.
But packing a lunch can be tricky. How do you keep your food fresh? How do you avoid bringing your whole kitchen along? Here are seven hacks for an easier experience.
Dry off your leaves with a salad spinner and place a paper towel over the veggies to absorb any remaining moisture or condensation that may settle on the leaves when you pack them.
Pack your dressing in a separate container to mix into your salad only when you’re about to have it so your leaves don’t get soggy.
NEXT: Dry before wet →
A soggy sandwich is a real problem that happens to the best of us.
When assembling your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, spread a thin layer of peanut butter on both slices of bread before adding the jam. Peanut butter is drier in texture and acts as a wall of defense for the bread before the jam.
Similarly, for a ham sandwich, shield the ham with dry lettuce to prevent moisture from seeping through.
NEXT: Band up apples →
If you’re packing an apple from home, you either have to bring it uncut or risk them browning even before the clock hits 10.
Cut an apple leaving the core intact, assemble the pieces to its original shape, and loop a rubber band to secure all the pieces in place to stop the apple slices from oxidising.
NEXT: Pack tumbler lunches →
It takes some effort to fit a reasonably-sized lunchbox into your chic office bag.
Trade your bulky lunch pack for a tumbler lunch instead – its tall and slim form gives you plenty of space to store your noms and slip into your tote effortlessly.
NEXT: Use frozen drinks instead of ice packs →
If you need to keep things fresh or chilled and your office doesn’t have a fridge, simply add a bottle of frozen drink to your lunch box.
This way, you won’t have to bring a separate ice pack AND still have a cold drink to enjoy at lunch.
NEXT: Cut sandwiches diagonally →
Cutting your sandwich diagonally gives the illusion of a larger portion as each half appears bigger.
Plus, it’s easier to chomp on the triangular halves compared to rectangular ones and prevents your sandwich from collapsing as much.
NEXT: Add lemon juice →
Add a splash of lemon juice to cut fruits to keep them from browning. Lemon juice contains ascorbic acid, an antioxidant that acts as a barrier to delay the oxidation of the fruits.
Orange juice, lime juice, and grapefruit juice are good alternatives, too.
NEXT: Paper-towel your salad →
By Chow Rong Qian, CLEO, July 2016
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