Does anyone have tips for keeping sand out of your food at the beach?

Sandy sandwiches are sad sandwiches. Does anyone have tips for keeping sand out of your food at the beach?

  • 4894 views
  • 19 Comments

19 Comments

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Bill F
Bill F May 24, 2013

This isn't gonna help but I've been going to the jersey shore for about 20 years and have never successfully avoided sand in food. Sand is everywhere, it even blows three the air without you feeling it.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Patti in Mississippi

Keep the golden retriever out of the way as she tends to dig up the sand! ;)

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
sdebrango
sdebrango May 24, 2013

It's really hard and I agree with Bill F. however I have found these food covers help alot , they protect your food from blowing or projectile sand http://www.amazon.com/Handy-Gourmet-Set-Food-Covers/dp/B000EYFV4M

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
bigpan
bigpan May 24, 2013

We have been successful by using a portable folding table - it raises food up from being on a blanket on the beach sand. Can't do much about wind though. Find a sheltered spot to set up the food station.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Kenzi Wilbur
Kenzi Wilbur May 24, 2013

Keep your food out of the sand? This is a tough one.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
HalfPint
HalfPint May 24, 2013

I'd pack everything plastic food containers or disposable paper containers. You can also put a large cloth or towel over the food until you're ready to chow down. Sorry I don't have any solution for sand that's being whipped around by wind. Maybe an umbrella or a small portable tent/canopy with mesh sides would help here.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Hilarybee
Hilarybee May 24, 2013

Great question, no easy answers! I ate many, many a sandy PB & J sandwich growing up. I like to think it strengthened my immune system. I don't know if you have grills or grill pits where you are? My mom would sometimes pack hot dogs or (un)grilled cheese in a cooler. We'd go to the pits, cook them up and eat a picnic table. Least sandy beach meals I experienced.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Pegeen
Pegeen May 24, 2013

This makes me want to get to the beach! They make very cute beach bags these days, but a plastic cooler with a tight lid is better for keeping out sand. It also helps not to multi-task while you’re eating (playing cards, pulling your kid out of the undertow, reading the September issue of Vogue, answering email, etc.) – you don’t want to be the poor sucker who drops their tuna Nicoise sandwich in the sand. That reminds me: always pack extra for that poor sucker. At least some extra beer to ease their pain.

But, as Hilarybee mentions, it's not so bad to eat some sand. "You haven't lived until you've eaten a peck of dirt."

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
ZombieCupcake
ZombieCupcake May 25, 2013

I like using the plastic wrap/aluminum foil combo. First wrap the sandwich with plastic wrap (This keeps the water out from the cooler) then aluminum could be wrong but seems to help it stay cooler longer. And just pull away as much of the wrapper to you going to eat that way you can reseal it if want to save the rest for later.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Greenstuff
Greenstuff May 25, 2013

I love this question! But sadly, my answer is that it's impossible! It's particularly impossible when you have a baby who is just learning to love solid foods. In my experience, babies love to eat sand, and parents must take it in stride until they just can't stand it anymore and pack up the towels and the cooler to go home to be horrified--just horrified!--by the diaper.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
dymnyno
dymnyno May 25, 2013

Wow! I thought that sand was the special spice that the beach provides.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Rinchen
Rinchen May 26, 2013

The Sharks shot down an inventor with a product called Duro? Which protects food from bugs and such at a picnic. Might be an answer...might not be as well.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
pierino
pierino May 26, 2013

Another potential solution is to pack your sandwiches etc in tiffin walla pails. These are the traditional Indian lunch bucket. They are compartmentalized and they clamp down really tight. Hopefully you've wrapped up your sandwiches and so on before they go in. Of course, once you take them out...

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Pegeen
Pegeen May 27, 2013

... a product category for the new "Provisions"

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
anon
anon September 7, 2014

There is already sand in food its called silicone dioxide lol

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
lloreen
lloreen September 7, 2014

Bring a gallon of tap water with you. The main culprit for the sandy sandwich is the sandy hand. It's impossible to desand with ocean water.
otherwise, you can used parchment paper to make a little cuff for your sandwich or wrap. This generally keeps the sandy hands away from the food. I find that burrito style wraps with waxed paper are he perfect beach food.

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Horto
Horto September 7, 2014

wax paper sandwich bags, kinda help, there is no solution
maybe the beach is not for you

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
THE MATH CHEF
THE MATH CHEF September 7, 2014

Bento boxes have sides and if you consume your food out of those individual ones, and keep a low umbrella over the whole enterprise, you'll be less likely to have the sand enter your food!

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
THE MATH CHEF
THE MATH CHEF September 7, 2014

Bento boxes have sides and if you consume your food out of those individual ones, and keep a low umbrella over the whole enterprise, you'll be less likely to have the sand enter your food!

Review our Code of Conduct
Don't send me emails about new comments
Showing 19 out of 19 Comments Back to top
Recommended by Food52