Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

People stunned after realising how meal deal sandwiches are made

18/08/2023

Twisted: Unserious food tastes seriously good.

Article by James Kay

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Something that is undoubtedly a true British staple is the meal deal.

If you’re ever unsure about what to do for lunch, the meal deal will be there to offer all the answers, and people take it incredibly seriously.

So seriously in fact that social media pages have been set up dedicated to the classic lunch where people compare, and often judge, other meal deal choices.

But how much do you know about the sandwiches that millions of us consume every day? Well, it turns out that making meal deal sandwiches is actually a bit of an undertaking.

You can watch a glimpse below: 

Shared on YouTube by the Science Channel last year, a video produced by How It’s Made offered an eye-opening look into the intricate process that brings pre-packaged sandwiches to our supermarket shelves.

The first stop is an automated machine where workers meticulously load fresh sliced bread while inspecting for imperfections, promptly discarding any slices that don’t meet the standard.

Next, a roller takes over, spreading butter onto each slice before they proceed down the assembly line to have mayonnaise applied… apart from the sandwiches with no mayo of course.

It takes a number of workers to apply the ingredients to the sandwiches, which are filled before it all heads to a machine that slices them into triangles ready to be packaged.

And it’s quite transfixing to watch, tbh…

People have been left stunned at how pre-packaged sandwiches are made. Credit: Brosa/Getty

A second part of the video shows how sandwiches with the same ingredients are made in bulk, through a full automated process, with a machine slathering on the sauces and fillings with incredible precision, using robotic arms and everything.

“That’s really interesting, I’ve always wondered how premade sandwiches/wraps are made!,” said one person in the comments.

Whilst another wrote: “Can you just imagine all of that equipment which probably needs to be sanitized after each production. Mindboggling.”

“My biggest take away is that the two halves in the pack arent from the same sandwich,” said a third.

Some people did express an ick about the amount of glove-less hands, though.

“I love how the workers are covered up so much you’d think they worked in a biohazard lab handling petri dishes of ebola except they don’t wear gloves…,” one person chimed in, echoing the thoughts of many. 

Featured image credit: Getty

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