I gotta say… I do hate making lunches. Every day. I not only make a lunch for my husband every night, but also for my son, but I’ll admit it, that’s still only every other day.But it gets hard to think of what to pack every day! And really, I’ll be honest, usually every day is pretty close to the same thing. I have about 3-4 different sandwiches I make and rotate them! So when I started making this Apple and Gouda Sandwich, my son loved it!
My husband? Well, he was mediocre about it, he’s more the type of guy that says just do the cheese, leave the apples off. So even though he wasn’t a big fan of it the rest of us were. Especially the kids.
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At first, I didn’t like always giving sandwiches to work or to school, because you know how the sandwich bread tends to dry out? Even if you store it in the fridge, in the Tupperware container, it always felt dry to the touch within a few hours. But thankfully I found a solution!
Beeswax wrap. I . Love. This. Stuff. Honestly. The sandwiches that I pack for my family for their lunches the next day are still so fresh! They don’t get dry at all. I’ve tested it out, having a sandwich in a plastic bag, one in a container and one wrapped in the beeswax. And the beeswax won by a long shoot. The other sandwiches got dry within a few hours (the quickest in the plastic bag).
Since I’ve gotten the wrap, I’m using it for more and more foods. Like that onion I only used half of? I’ll wrap it, and my fridge won’t smell like onion! (and believe me, with my heightened sense of smell because of this pregnancy, I smell things in my fridge that other people don’t!) The aged cheeses we have (especially the Gouda) gets wrapped as well and they last much longer without getting dry!
Since we all know that using the plastic wraps and plastic bags aren’t the best thing for you, and since you can only use them once, and then throw it out, they are kind of a waste of money! These I can wipe and reuse, and since you all know that I love the Silpat mats for this reason, its awesome that the wrap is reusable too! (just don’t put them in the dishwasher, at least with the heated dry option on)
So now that we can make our sandwich stay fresh we can start packing more sandwiches for lunch again! So instead of me constantly rambling, let’s get to the step by step recipe for the sandwich!
How to make this easy Apple and Gouda Sandwich
I’m sure you don’t actually need a step by step to layer a sandwich together- especially one with only 3 ingredients, I’m going to do it anyway since all my recipes walk you through the process.
First, take whatever bread you prefer. I just make my sandwiches with your typical 60-100% whole wheat sandwich bread, not only is it the easiest to make (yes I make my own bread) but it’s also the type that my kids will eat the best.
Then, spread on softened butter( yes, you can use margarine, but butter is much better for you) onto both slices of bread. Slice the cheese, add a layer as thick or as thin you want, and then slice your apples.
How to slice your apples the easy way, and keep them from turning brown.
To start with wash your apples, and if you have kids that won’t eat the peels then peel them. But thankfully I don’t have to peel my apples. Then use an apple corer like this one to remove the core, then you can slice the apple into thin rings! If you have a lot of apples to slice, use a mandolin slicer since it will go much faster.
To keep the apple from turning brown, put some water in a shallow container, (I just use a Rubbermaid container) and add lemon juice to it. I never measure either just add water and then a squirt or 2 of lemon juice. If you want a ratio, I would say about 1 cup water and 1 tbsp lemon juice (or lime).
Another option is to use salt water. Same thing, in a shallow container, add water and sprinkle in salt, stirring to fully dissolve the salt. About 1 cup water and 1 tsp salt.
For either method add your apples in, make sure they are submerged, and let sit for 4-5 minutes. In general I’ll just make the rest of their lunch while waiting for the apples.
Once they are done soaking, rinse them off, and dry on a paper towel and add them to the sandwich. Place the second slice of bread on top and cut however you prefer!
I personally like using the lemon juice method the best, because as you can see it did work the best- but possibly with a higher amount of salt that the salt water method would work just as well or better! And no, there is no taste left behind on the apples!
Then wrap the sandwich in the beeswax wrap so that it stays as fresh as possible. Yes, I always make my lunches the night before, there is no way I have the energy to make them in the mornings.
Check out the facebook live I did showing you how to use this wrap!
- 1 apple
- 1 c water
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 slices bread
- 1 tbsp butter
- 8 slices gouda
- Core apple and thinly slice. Combine water and lemon juice, submerge apple slices in the water and let sit 4-5 minutes. Rinse off and dry on paper towel.
- Spread butter on all slices of bread and add cheese to 2 slices. Top with apples and remaining slices of bread.
- Wrap sandwiches in beeswax wrap to keep them fresh until the next day! Makes 2 sandwiches.
Looking for a different sandwich idea for lunch? Try this amazing sandwich-How to make the Best Cold Roast Beef Sandwich
Now that you have another idea for lunch with this apple and gouda sandwich, I would love to hear what your kids like best in their lunches and on their sandwiches! I’m always looking for new ideas and would love to hear from you! So drop a comment below the recipe so that we can all get ideas from each other!
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