“Keep things simple” – that’s my mantra going into this next school year. And what’s more simple than crustless PB & J’s?
We can buy a box of these sandwiches for a small fortune, or, we can quickly and easily make them ourselves! As always, the beauty in making your own means you get to control the ingredients and generally you save money. Plus, going from freezer to lunch box obviously saves time during a chaotic school morning!
The ingredients and steps are super simple – don’t be intimidated!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- bread of your choice (2 slices per sandwich)
- peanut butter (or any nut butter)
- your favorite jelly, jam, or preserves
- sandwich sealer or glass with a wide rim
- sandwich size baggies
- gallon size freezer bag
First, grab all your ingredients and make yourself a little workstation. I like to do mine assembly line style. I slather up the peanut butter slices first, then jelly, then put my sandwiches together. As you can see, I don’t go all the way to the edges since I’ll be cutting the crust away.
Next, grab your sandwich sealer or wide rimmed glass. Simply press the glass or sandwich sealer into the center of your sandwich and pull the crust away. Easy peasy, right? And you’ll notice, there really isn’t much difference to using a glass or fancy sealer! (Incidentally, you can buy a sandwich sealer similar to the one I’m using for ~$20 on Amazon.)
Don’t throw out that crust! If you are like me, throwing out all that crust is painful! I tear away any pieces that have jelly or peanut butter on them and then I leave them in a bowl to dry out. You can use them for breakfast casseroles, croutons or simple breadcrumbs.
Now we are going to place our sandwiches on a parchment lined cookie sheet and flash freeze them for about 2 hours.
After 2 hours, remove them from the freezer and place them into individual sandwich baggies. Then place 6 to 8 of these sealed sandwiches into a gallon size freezer bag. I like doing this because it keeps all the sandwiches together and double seals which helps ward off freezer-burn.
When it’s time to make their lunch just grab a sandwich from the freezer. These will be thawed and ready to eat by lunch time!
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