Saturday, May 28, 2016

Trader Joe's Ham & Swiss Sandwich

If you're thinking that this doesn't look like the kind of TJ's purchase I usually make, you're right. It was the result of that familiar problem of grocery shopping while hungry. Had I been thinking more clearly, I would have realized:
  • I haven't had ham in maybe a year, and really don't want to start again. 
  • It is not possible to assemble a sandwich in a factory kitchen somewhere, wrap it in plastic, ship it to grocery stores, have it sit on the shelves for a day or two, and end up with a sandwich that is "fresh," as the label claims. 
The lettuce was wilted. The dijon mustard, while tasty, had soaked into the bread and was all concentrated right in the middle of the sandwich. The ham was weirdly--almost alarmingly--discolored, an unappealing gray. I know there was a slice of Swiss cheese in there, because I partially disassembled the sandwich looking for it, after discovering that its flavor was completely AWOL.

This sandwich was a colossal failure.

Will I buy it again? 

Only if I lose my ever-lovin' mind.

1 comment:

  1. I had no idea they even made sandwiches like this! I don't think my Northern Cal TJ's has these yet, but I'll steer clear of them when they do show up! :) (I've only ever seen the wraps, some of which are quite good...)