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How long will a sandwich platter stay fresh?

Asked by livelaughlove21 (14475 points ) December 22nd, 2013 from iPhone

I’m in charge of bringing the sandwich platter to the Christmas gathering at my mother-in-law’s house. I ordered the Cubanitos platter from Publix, with ham, roast pork, and Swiss cheese only (no mayo, mustard, or veggies). The only issue is that I have to pick it up at 6PM on Christmas Eve because they are closed on Christmas. Christmas dinner will be around 5PM.

Do you think the sandwiches will still be fresh nearly 24 hours later? I’ll refrigerate it, of course, but I don’t want the bred to be either soggy or hard. I don’t want to waste $35.

I could get a sandwich platter from Wal-Mart and pick it up in Christmas Day, but I know the Publix sandwiches are way better. Call me a snob, but I don’t want to get it from Wal-Mart unless I absolutely have to. I also don’t really want to get the meat and cheese platter and provide bread separately. Those platters are more expensive.

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Seek's avatar

The Publix sandwiches will keep. Their cold cuts are high quality, as is their bread, and they don’t put condiments on the sandwiches. They also follow the age-old rule of putting the cheese in between the meat and bread as a moisture barrier.

No worries!

ibstubro's avatar

I agree with @Seek_Kolinahr that you should be fine. Keep the platter as cold as possible without freezing, then put it in a warmer spot 1–2 hours prior to dinner. It’s 30° here, so my unheated garage would be the ideal storage.

Your other alternative would be to buy the ingredients, bulk, and assemble the sandwiches an hour or 2 before dinner, yourself. That would be your cheapest, freshest alternative, albeit, time consuming if you have a hectic day.

JLeslie's avatar

I agree with @Seek_Kolinahr. Publix knows what they are doing. However, I personally like to put together my own sandwich, because if I can’t melt the cheese I have to open the sandwich and pull out the cheese. I hate cold cheese.

How did it go? Did they last with no problem?

livelaughlove21's avatar

@JLeslie It worked out just fine. No soggy or hard bread, and they were pretty damn tasty. I’ve never heard anyone say they don’t like cold cheese, though. Call me lazy, but I wasn’t about to make 26 sandwiches myself.

JLeslie's avatar

@livelaughlove21 You wouldn’t be able to make my sandwich; it doesn’t occur to you that someone may not want the cheese. :) I meant I would just buy the deli meat platter and they have the bread separate and people make their own sandwiches. But, I think what you did was fine, I can pick out the cheese, or melt if I am at someone’s house. Plus, people who don’t know what a Cuban is would just make ham sandwiches or pork sandwiches, they wouldn’t get to try the combination if you didn’t provide it the way you did. I love Cuban sandwiches.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@JLeslie It would occur to me that people may not want the cheese, but these were cold sandwiches and the cheese could easily be removed. I would’ve liked to get the meat and cheese platter and let everyone make their own, but that platter was quite a bit more expensive.

ibstubro's avatar

Well, I don’t eat meat, yet I’d have been fine with the Cubanitos because it would appeal to the majority of people and you can’t please all the people all the time. I made homemade chicken and noodles for Christmas dinner, yet I don’t eat them because I don’t eat meat. lol

Funny, they now make if a point to have an entree that is meat free, and it’s usually more popular with the kids than the meat version. One holiday they were having steak on the grill, so I took a side of raw salmon to cook. The second salmon hit the table, it was gone! I nearly didn’t get a piece. These are farm people, but I think they’re slowly beginning to see that meat isn’t necessary or universally popular. I’ve never made a big deal of it, and always been amenable to providing meat if that’s what they want. Now I’m learning not to expect seconds of the non-meat alternative! lol

JLeslie's avatar

@livelaughlove21 Exactly, I can just take off the cheese. I think the platter you bought was fine and more interesting than getting basic ham, turkey, or roast beef sandwiches.

ISmart's avatar

depends.. usually 3 months..

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