How to Prevent Your Lunch From Getting Soggy

Whether you're packin' wraps, sandwiches, or salad.

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There's nothing worse than excitedly pulling your food out of the fridge only to find you get to spend your lunch break eating a soggy sandwich or wilted salad. Here are some helpful tips to prevent your meal from getting icky before you even take your first bite.

Sandwiches and Wraps

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Soggy sandwich got you down? Not for long. The trick is to keep the bread away from the fixings until it's actually time to eat. Instead of making your sandwich and sticking it in a baggie, keep your dry and wet ingredients separated.

To do this, simply grab some Tupperware and place your bread or tortilla in the bottom, then place a layer of plastic wrap over it, and let it hang slightly over the edges. Next, place your wet ingredients (meat, lettuce, veggies, etc.) on top and seal the container. If you have any condiments, put them in a separate container, or simply stock up on ketchup, mustard, or mayo packets the next time you go out to eat.

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Too much effort? Another method that helps is wrapping your sandwich or wrap in a paper towel before placing it in a baggie or tin foil to help ward off extra moisture.

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Salads

Nobody likes wilted lettuce. If it keeps happening when you pre-pack your lunch, try this: Rip a paper towel in half and place one part at the bottom of your Tupperware container. Put your greens and not-too-wet toppings inside, then place the other half of the paper towel on top to help absorb moisture.

For especially wet toppings like cucumbers, tomatoes, and beets, as well as salad dressing, use separate containers. Something small (like these for toppings and these for dressing) won't take up a lot of space, but will make you a much happier camper when lunchtime rolls around.

The easy way out? Invest in a good Mason jar. Layer your ingredients — wet at the bottom, dry on top — so all you need to do is shake it all together when you're ready to eat. The lettuce might not be as crisp, but it's a much quicker option for when you're in a rush.

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