Monday, March 4, 2013

PB&Js for the Freezer

I got a small freezer for my birthday. Who asks for a freezer for their birthday anyway? One clue, I'm getting old. ;) I've had fun finding recipies and building our food storage and trying to simplify my life using the freezer. I know Pinterest is full of freezer ideas but I wanted to share my favorite ideas with you.
When I'm in a pinch, I love being able to grab a sandwich out of the freezer for the kids. I can put them in their lunch bag in the morning and they are thawed and ready to eat by lunch time. These are similar to the Uncrustables brand you find in the stores. The great thing about these are they are so much cheaper and made at home. Win-win.

Supplies: Peanut Butter, Any Fruit preserve you want (we like grape or strawberry, homemade would be awesome), one loaf of bread (white or wheat), and a crust remover and sealer. I found mine a couple of years ago. I doubt you'll find this exact one at the store but you can find it on ebay. I know The Pampered Chef makes a really cute one too.

 First, one loaf of bread will make 12 sandwiches. That includes the end pieces. I usually do a half a loaf at a time. Spread each slice with peanut butter keeping it mostly in the center. Remember the crusts get cut off so they don't need PB. The reason both sides need PB is to decrease the chances that the jelly will soak through the bread and make it soggy. It makes a nice little pocket for the jelly to hang out.

 Next put the preserves on only half of the slices laid out. Again, keep it in the middle. Go ahead and sandwich the two sides together.
Next, use your cutter. On mine the white part cuts the crust off and the red part seals the edges.

 Here it is cut out. Don't throw away the crusts. You can process them into bread crumbs, they make a quick snack for the toddler tugging at your feet, and they are great for the birds or ducks. :)
Lastly, wrap each individual sandwich in saran wrap or individual baggies, then put them in a larger freezer bag.
Easy Peasy. Quick. Tasty.
Hope you have a wonderful Monday!


  1. I have that same crust remover. I never would have thought to do this though, and I freeze bread all the time. It's a great idea! And P.S. Getting excited over a freezer doesn't mean you're getting old! I got mine when I was 18 and I was excited about it! Food storage is smart.

  2. I've just asked my husband for a small freezer, too! And no, we're not old- we're efficient planners and good stewards =)

  3. Great idea! My oldest loves those sandwiches from the store, but I hate paying for them. Just a safety note, though. Please don't use those breadcrumbs in anything you take to a potluck. My youngest is highly allergic to peanut butter, and it scares me to think that something like a meatloaf that wouldn't usually have peanut butter in it could cause her to use her Epi Pen.


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