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Freezer-Friendly Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Freezer-Friendly Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

So, I’ve shared lots of really simple, no-brainer tips here over the years, but I think this might qualify as just about the most basic of ideas I’ve ever shared.

In fact, I doubt I even need to do a post about it, since I could probably just put a picture and say, “I made peanut butter & jelly sandwiches for the freezer today. The end.”

And that would about sum it up. But that would also probably be the most boring post I’ve ever written, too. So I’ll try to expand a bit on this basic of basic ideas, for those who would like a few more details. 🙂

I first happened upon the idea of freezing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches when Jesse was in law school and we were eating a LOT of PB&J. I usually packed one or two sandwiches in his lunch each day and since he often had to leave for school early in the morning, I’d try to have as much stuff prepped ahead of time so that I could just take 20 seconds to pull it all out and put it in the lunch pail.

While it doesn’t really take long to make PB&J, when your time is really crunched in the morning, it can help speed things up a little bit. Plus, I’ve also found it’s so nice to have sandwiches at the ready if you end up needing to leave to go somewhere unexpectedly and no one has eaten any lunch yet.

I listened to The Little Big Things today while making PB&J in an assembly-line fashion. {The audiobook has some good things in it, but the crass language is driving me batty! Honestly, that’s a “little big thing” to me!}

I ended up having to break out a new jar of jelly and peanut butter about halfway through. And Jesse got home about this time and he sat at the kitchen table and told me about his day while I finished up the sandwiches. Multi-tasking at its finest! 🙂

The end result: A big pile of sandwiches! I cut the sandwiches in halves, put them in individual baggies, and then put the baggies in large ziptop bags.

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  • Love this idea! So simple and delicious. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve forgotten to pack my husband’s lunch before he’s about to run out the door. Problem solved.

  • Samantha says:

    I made these today! My hubby eats alot of PB&Js for lunches – and about 2-3 days of the week, I forget to make my sons lunch until about 15 minutes before we have to leave for school – so this will be perfect for me! I ended up making 15 sandwiches.

    I also got into the freezer food making frame of mind and also came up with some meatball things. I made pizza dough in the breadmaker. Divided the dough into 16 chunks. Then my son and I flattened each chunk – each one got topped with some shredded cheese and a meatball. We sealed them up and popped them into the oven. These will be great for some son to take in his lunch to school – all I’ll need to add is some pizza sauce for dipping!

    Now I’m racking my brain for other easy snack/breakfast/lunch ideas. I love making muffins and freezing them too.

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  • Melinda says:

    Perhaps a silly Q… but I see honey in your picture, and I have a MAJOR PB&H fan in my household. Does a PB&H freeze just as well… or thaw, I should say! =0)

  • Rhoda says:

    Never heard of freezing PBJ’s. What at great idea. We’ll be trying this at our house–only difference–we use almond butter as I am allergic to peanuts.

  • Angie says:

    Thanks for posting this idea. I was able to make both soy butter and peanut butter sandwiches. While I was in the kitchen, I decide to make a double batch of chocolate granola bars and freeze half. The freezer cooking spirit carried me away and I even made breakfast pockets. I’m tired but so happy to have some yummy easy foods ready when I need them. 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    Was so inspired by how simple and sanity saving this was! I went to the local brownberry outlet and bought several loaves of bread for a great deal of $1.39 and bought several pkgs of bologna and salami that was on sale this week for $1 a package and made 40 sandwiches for my husband with a slice of cheese on them. I freeze my extra stock of bread, cheese and lunch meat pkgs individually so it made perfect and efficient sense to freeze them already put together for my husband to pull out in the morning and he will be thrilled I saved him a couple of extra minutes! Thanks for the obvious and great tip.

  • Lindsay m says:

    Silly question, i’m new to this… can you freeze a turkey and cheese sandwich? When you pull it out to thaw, does it taste okay? I have a little boy who has never eaten PB&J… :/ How that works is beyond me, lol. But he is a huge turkey/cheese lover. Also- I’ve heard you can make “home made” lunch-ables? Any tips ladies? Thanks in advance!

  • Ann says:

    For an extra special treat, these are DELICIOUS, when buttered on the outside and grilled, just the same way you make a grilled cheese sandwich. After someone told us to try this, we’ve never had a “regular”
    PB & J sandwich again! 🙂

  • Mary says:

    I’ve been making homemade uncrustables for years. My kids LOVE Smuckers Uncrustables, but I couldn’t see spending that much on PB&J sandwiches just because they were round. In a stroke of genius, I used a wide mouthed drinking glass to cut out my sandwich. It sealed the edges perfectly and our homemade uncrustables were born.

  • Stephanie says:

    Awesome idea! I would have never thought to do this. In fact I just made up some for our long road trip we are about to make. This is perfect and will work great so excited to find something that will please my 3 year old and is super quick.

  • Sue says:

    Two happy thoughts:

    1) I make six sandwiches every morning (drag!) and it takes me forever…which is sad and frustrating when you’re rushing to get a husband and five sons out the door. This is GENIUS! I never once thought of freezing them…and it will help in my endeavor to teach my boys to pack their own lunches. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!
    2) Someone commented on using honey…my boys LOVE LOVE LOVE honey and this will make them happy to eat PB&H. They’re not big fans of PB&J. Side note: I have two allergic to PB so I hope soy butter and/or sunflower seed butter freeze and thaw well.

  • BJ Marley says:

    I don’t make PBJs unless they are going to be consumed right away. My family thinks the jelly side makes the bread soggy. Do you put peanut butter on both sides of the bread or does having the bread frozen keep the jelly from affecting the bread?

  • Jujubeemama says:

    I got a press from pampered chef and assembly line large amounts of “uncrustables” SO much cheaper and tastier. Great post!!!

  • Cheri Weit says:

    When i worked outside the home I did this all the time, but never with PBJ. I did leftover meatloaf, or ham or whatever. I didn’t like how the bread got soggy when it defrosted so I wrapped a paper towel around it each morning and then used the napkin when I ate.

  • Petra says:

    Thank you for the great tip.

  • K. Ann Guinn says:

    Why didn’t I think of that?

    I freeze most everything and did not try to freeze PB & J’s! It’s like cheaper and healthier version of Uncrustables!

    I’ve decided to include some of these “no-brainer” ideas in my blog posts, as you never know which ideas people have heard of or not. My sister and I came to the realization that those”obvious” ideas we either figured out or learned from our parents or grandparents are not the same ones everyone else was taught.

    Enjoy your PB & J’s!

  • Kelly says:

    I love this post! I too would be weird and enjoy them straight out of the freezer. Thank you for sharing something so simple and basic (as I tend to forget about the basic meals that are cheap and still yummy).

  • June Rostad says:

    I’m going to experiment to see if this works with soy butter and nutella, as alas, we have a peanut butter allergy in this house. 🙂 Thank you for the idea.

  • Kate says:

    I started freezing PBJ’s when my kids were little and I was teaching them to make their own lunches. They wanted me to buy them “uncrustables” like their friends got. So, I helped them along when they were early elementary by pre-making the sandwiches, cutting with a pampered chef cutter, and also pre-bagging fruit. They were a hit! My takeaway hint: put a thin layer of peanut butter on both sides of the bread, and then spread the jam/jelly. It prevents the jelly from soaking in to the bread and the PBJ becoming soggy in the lunch bag/box.

  • Linda says:

    I make my frozen PBJ’s from a loaf of bread that I freeze prior to making them. Makes it go so much faster when you are trying to spread peanut butter. Also easier when making sandwiches using mayo. It doesn’t soak into the bread.

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