Shaped sandwiches are one of the really easy ways that you can make a plain lunch a lot more fun. You can used any cookie cutters of course, but I really love my sandwich cutters, (particularly the dinosaur, heart and butterfly cutters that I sell in the Eats Amazing Shop), because they cut the crusts off but leave very little waste. In case you're wondering, I don't throw those crusts away, I stick them in a bag in the freezer and whizz them up to make bread crumbs whenever I need them. I had a look around for some other, similar cutters, and found several awesome sets by Lunchpunch, which are designed in the same way - to cut sandwiches into cool shapes without wasting lots of little bits. They have five different sets, each with four cutters, and having tried one, I have no doubt that I'll be buying more of them in the future!
Update: I now have all 5 Lunch punch cutter sets in the Eats Amazing Shop! I'm absolutely delighted to be able to bring these awesome cutters back to the UK!
I bought the VRRRM! set, which has four transport themed cutters, and the SWEET set, which I've hidden away for now, intending to bring out for a lunch around Small Child's birthday (it has a cake punch, among others).
Small Child was really excited about these cutters, and couldn't wait for me to use them in one of his lunches! He chose the train shape for his first Lunchpunch sandwich, and I was really pleased with how it turned out!
In this lunch Small Child had a train shaped sandwich filled with roast chicken slices. I drew a window onto the train with edible marker pen, then added a 3D animal bento pick for a driver. I used cheese circles to make the steam, and added a piece of cheese to the carriage to decorate. I also added carrot wheels, sticking them on with a dab of cream cheese, and animal passengers, with animal bento picks. On the side he had slices of cucumber and some raw sugar snap peas, and a peeled and sliced kiwi fruit. I used more animal bento picks to add little animal train spotters to the scene!
I popped a dried fruit stick in the cutlery compartment as a treat, and added a reusable food pouch filled with frozen homemade milk shake to his lunch bag (not shown). The milkshake would have defrosted enough by lunch time to be ready to drink.
Here's a close up of the train sandwich. As you can see, the cutters worked really well - I love the clever design that means a carriage is cut from what would otherwise be wasted bread!
Small Child thoroughly enjoyed this lunch, leaving only a few of the veggies which he ate as an after school snack. I'm looking forward to trying out the rest of my new sandwich punches!
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