Aug 10, 2009

Good Housekeeping, 1955: Box Lunches, Part 2

Here are some lovely suggestions for what to put into the box lunch. Most will be familiar, but one never knows if one will discover something new.

Bread-and-Butter Sandwiches:

Whether they're made from bakers', homemade, or canned bread, bread-and-butter sandwiches always carry well in a lunch box even without refrigeration. The variety is fascinating, includes nut or fruit breads, muffins, rolls, buns, etc.

Old Reliables:

Lunch-box sandwiches made with one or more of the fillings below will keep well even when the lunch box can't be refrigerated.

  • Any cheese spread
  • Any natural cheese
  • Applesauce
  • Celery
  • Cream cheese
  • Green pepper, carrots, or raisins
  • Marmalade, apple butter, jelly, or jam
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Pickled tongue (See? I told you there might be something new!)
  • Thuringer-type dry sausage (Any clues on this one?)

Salad-Type Sandwiches:

Include these only when the lunch box can be kept refrigerated...Such sandwiches are likely to keep better too if they're made from canned meats, fish, chicken or spreads, or ready-cooked meats, rather than leftovers. Adding chopped olives, lemon juice, catchup, or pickle relish helps, too. (I have never seen ketchup/catsup spelled "catchup" before.)

Sliced-Meat Sandwiches:

These should be handled like Salad-Type Sandwiches, above. Mix olives, lemon juice, etc. with the butter before it's spread on the bread. (Interesting.)

Surprise Tuck-Ins:

  • Cheese-stuffed celery
  • Cracked nuts
  • Cutout cookies to suit the season
  • Dried apricots, figs, or raisins
  • Marshmallows
  • Peanut-buttered graham crackers
  • Ripe olives
  • Salted nuts
  • Semisweet chocolate
  • Small chunk of fresh coconut
  • Small molasses-popcorn ball
  • Stuffed dates, prunes or nuts

The rest of the suggestions were exactly what one would expect:

  • Egg, Potato, Chicken, meat, or Fish Salads
  • Crisp Vegetable or Fruit Salads
  • Crisp Raw Relishes (raw vegetables)
  • Milk, Lemonade, Fruit Juices, Iced Coffee, etc.
  • Fresh, Canned, or Cooked Dried Fruit
  • Cakes and Cupcakes
  • Fruit Pies, Deep-Dish Pies, and Turnovers
  • Puddings and Gelatin Desserts
  • Cookies
  • Ice-Cold Fruit, Tomato, or Vegetable Juice

Now, where can I get some pickled tongue for hubby's lunch tomorrow? Of course, knowing my husband, he'd probably eat it. He's no trouble to feed. That's because he's eager, I guess.


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