It’s a minor problem, but an annoying one that we’ve all experienced: We carefully build the perfect sandwich for lunch, seal it in a plastic bag, take it to work in a lunchbag… and discover a few hours later that being in transit has ruined our piece of edible art. Or Dave in Accounting has stolen our lunch again, the sneaky jerk. While we can’t help you with Dave in Accounting, although we can recommend a nice mousetrap sandwich, we can help you with the “destroyed sandwich” problem, by referring you to the Compleat Foodskin.
Essentially, the Foodskin is a BPA-free plastic bottom on one side, and a frame of similar material on the other. Stretched across the frame is a silicone skin. If you own a non-stick baking mat, it’s essentially the same material. Getting your lunch together is simplicity itself; just assemble your sandwich, stick it on the bottom, and fold the Foodskin over it. Lock all sides, toss it in your bag, and you’re off to work with a perfectly kept sandwich. The skin gently, but firmly, keeps your sandwich from falling apart, so it’s ready to eat when you are.
True, it doesn’t seem to be water-tight, so if your sandwiches are messy, you may want to consider putting this in a plastic bag, or else waterproof every single piece of electronics you carry around with you. And it seems designed exclusively for sandwiches and the like; you’ll still need to put your apple, chips, and nips of alcohol into a bag to bring them with you.
But, if you spend a lot of time on your sandwich, and you’re sick of taking out a compressed puck of bread and lunchmeat every day to sustain you, this might just do the trick. You can get it from Unikia for $50 or so, plus shipping as it’s a European company. As for Dave, again… mousetrap sandwich.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.