March 27, 2019

Homemade Uncrustable Sandwiches

Today's "recipe" is a very kid friendly, school lunch approved favorite.

I use the term "recipe" lightly because it is more of a method than a true recipe. I think almost everyone knows how to make a PB&J sandwich.

In the freezer section of any grocery store, you will find boxes of various flavors of Uncrustable sandwiches. But, they are expensive. They are essentially slices of sandwich bread with peanut butter and jelly nestled inside. The ends around the sandwich are pinched off so that the filling stays within the pocket, making for a much less messy PB&J alternative for toddlers and kids to enjoy.

In order to make these Uncrustable knock-off's, I have used a Pampered Chef sandwich maker.  Here is a link to the version I used  Pampered Chef Cut n Seal.  But, there are tons of other options on the market that can do the same thing. You can even just use a circle cookie cutter, or any shape for that matter. Think hearts for Valentine's, 4-leaf clover for St. Paddy's, or even a Christmas tree for Christmas. The possibilities are endless.

Making these sandwiches is super simple. And the flavor combinations can be whatever you have handy in your pantry or whatever your kids love best.  Any nut butter and jelly flavor combination you desire.

For each sandwich you will need 2 slices of bread.  Spread peanut butter on both slices of bread. This keeps the jelly from penetrating the bread and making the sandwich soggy.  Next, spread a small bit of jelly over one of the peanut butter sides. Place the bread slices together to form a sandwich.  

Then, you are going to take your sandwich cutter of choice and place it over the top of the sandwich.  Press down firmly to cut the shape out. It should crimp all of the edges shut at this point, making a nice PB&J sandwich pocket.

I usually make these in bulk, making 2-3 loaves of bread at one time.  Once I have all of the sandwiches made, I store each one in an individual sandwich sized Ziploc bag.  

Then I place all of the individual bags in a large gallon sized Ziploc which I store in our freezer.  When we need one for lunch, I remove it from the freezer and place it into my son's lunchbox. By lunchtime at school, it is defrosted and just perfect.  These are also quite delicious on a hot summer day straight out of the freezer too!

Over the years, this simple homemade hack has saved us so much money. I can buy a huge 40 oz jar of peanut butter and loaves of bread at my local Aldi very inexpensively.  Then we have many, many of these easy-to-grab PB&J's at the ready for cheap anytime we need them.