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. There are endless options and combinations you can pack for lunch. For example, if you have a workout sesh afterwards, throw in some extra protein and carbohydrates to keep your energy levels up throughout the day.
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.
It takes some effort to fit a reasonably-sized lunchbox into your chic office bag. Trade your Lock & Lock (or Tupperware) 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.
Choose frozen drinks over 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. In this way, you don’t have to bring a separate ice pack and still have a cold drink to enjoy at lunch.
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. But this hack might stop apple slices from oxidising: 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.
Keep your sandwiches diagonal
Food editor Kemp Minifie noted that cutting your sandwich diagonally gives the illusion of a larger portion as each half appears bigger. It’s also easier to chomp on the triangular halves compared to rectangular ones and prevents both sandwiches from collapsing as much.
Lemon juice does the trick
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 also alternatives for delaying the browning process of fruits.
Paper-towel your salad
Keep your salads fresh with these three simple steps. First, dry off your leaves with a salad spinner. Second, separate the dressings from the greens. Third, place a paper towel over the veggies to absorb any remaining moisture or condensation that may settle on the leaves when you pack them.
Spread peanut butter before jelly
A soggy sandwich is a real problem that happens to the best of us, especially when we pack a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But there’s a quick solution to that: When assembling the sandwich, spread a thin layer of peanut butter on both slices of bread before adding the jam. Peanut butter is “drier” and hence, acts a wall of defense for the bread from the jam. Similarly, for a ham sandwich, shield the ham with lettuce to prevent moisture from seeping through. Make sure your lettuce is dry before you do this step!
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Text: Chow Rong Qian