Picnic sandwiches can be made in minutes so they are the ultimate fast food for eating outdoors.
Some can be made days in advance for the freezer, some the night before or on the day of the picnic and others are better assembled at the picnic site.
A picnic sandwich made with good, fresh bread and a generous amount of savoury filling can be as satisfying as a plated meal. And made with healthy ingredients, it can be good for you too.
The best sandwich recipes are made with really fresh bread, not too thickly sliced and buttered right out to the edges. The butter acts as a protective layer to stop the filling making the bread soggy.
The moment picnic sandwiches are made they should be wrapped up in foil or plastic wrap to keep them airtight and so fresh and moist.
If you are not setting out immediately, pop them, wrapped, in the fridge. Some can even be made the night before if you do this.
If there are no exciting fillings in your fridge for your sandwich ideas, try mixing the following ingredients to make a tasty butter, which will add a little bite to an otherwise rather dull sandwich:
"Only the generous can make a sandwich worth eating" - Nigel Slater
Choose your sandwich fillings according to how long they have to remain uneaten.
If you want to be organised for a large picnic, then you can freeze picnic sandwiches for up to two months. They should be well sealed in freezer bags, boxes or foil.
Frozen sandwiches are best kept fairly plain however, using cheese, meat or fish, combined with cream cheese or softened butter to make a moist spread.
Find out here how the name "sandwich" came about.
If you have to make your picnic sandwiches the night before, then you should avoid cucumber, sliced tomatoes, fruit, wet ham or very rare roast beef. You can just get away with salad leaves if they have been very well dried before you use them.
Here are some such sandwich ideas:
Pack each flavour of sandwich separately to avoid your banana and honey tasting of salmon or onion etc.
Here are some more spur of the moment picnic sandwiches:
The best sandwich recipes are made minutes before you leave for your picnic and in fact the very best are put together at the picnic site itself. The fresher the better!
A cucumber sandwich must be eaten straight away. If you have only a short journey then you can still use cucumber but try and give yourself time to “drain” it first.
That means, peel at least 90% of the skin, chop it, put in a sieve, sprinkle with salt and leave to drain for at least an hour!
Try some of these fillings in this case:
Or maybe you'll find something you fancy among these fillings for picnic sandwiches: