Currently in furlough while we are eating our lunches at home, the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper is a survivor, a classic, and a hero.
Tupperware loves coining new names for its product ranges. I have a soft spot for the Eleganzia range, which I always say in RuPaul's voice, but the "Bake 2 Basics" range was always one pun too many for me. And there is a lot of 'n': Grab'n'Cut, Mix 'n' Stor, Slice 'n' Star,
Tupperware also likes to name a product in a way that suggests it is not just passively storing your food, but actively working with you to take care of it. or doing the job so you don't have to. So your cake is not in a tin, but in the Tupperware Cake Taker; and your sandwich is not in a box but in the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper.
The Sandwich Keeper is a very humble product, almost the cheapest thing in the catalogue. It is often the "politeness party purchase" -- a product I recommend to a party guest who doesn't really want to buy anything, who only really came for the snacks, but who doesn't want to be impolite to the hostess.
Ten years ago as a young Tupperware Man I profiled a handful of classic old-school Tupperware products for this blog, including the Square Rounds, the Quick Shake, the Ice Tups. A decade on, many of them have either been redesigned or discontinued, but not the Sandwich Keeper. There is something forever old school about it, maybe because there is something inherently retro about a sandwich made with from a sliced loaf. You certainly wouldn't get a baguette or a flatbread in your Sandwich Keeper very easily. But the Sandwich Keeper is a survivor, and even though like many of us it is furloughed right now while we all eat lunch at home under lockdown, it will be back.
Don't underestimate the Sandwich Keeper. It is beautifully designed. There is no seal to store (or lose), because it is attached, and that's a blessing. The Sandwich Keeper's compactness, slim with the rounded edges, is very pleasing on the eye and in the hand. It is a minor feat of engineering too, with what Tupperware rather grandly calls a "living hinge", all moulded from one piece of plastic. There are no separate pieces to fall apart, get lost, or harbour crumbs or germs. The clasp is also integral, and will not pop open when carried.
A nice feature is that it is designed with a proper top and bottom. The bottom has four little feet that keep it slightly raised above the counter top to avoid scratches. According to my product guide from Tupperware HQ, the sandwich icon etched on the top of the Keeper adds "a touch of humour", which even I admit might be pushing it a bit.
The basic Sandwich Keeper currently comes in what i call green. There used to be pink too, which on my consultant order form were marked "Boy" and "Girl". At first glance in the catalogue, you would say "Green" and "Pink" -- but hold your horses, and look closer. In a camp flourish worthy of Eleganzia herself, the choice of colours is actually a manly "Tang" or a womanly "Fuchsia". Thankfully Tupperware caught up with the times, and stopped gendering colours, so now green, sorry Tang, is for everyone.
As a low price product that children can use, and with a large flat surface, the Sandwich Keeper is sometimes branded for limited release products tied in with international characters or films. The current catalogue has a range of products branded with characters from Disney's Frozen II, including two sandwich keepers.
Buy them here in my shop:
- Classic Sandwich Keeper in "Tang"
- Minions design sandwich keeper
- Santoro®’s Gorjuss™ sandwich keeper
- Frozen II sandwich keeper
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