Jun 29

DIY Uncrustables Frozen Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Homemade Uncrustables Sandwiches

My kids love Uncrustables sandwiches -- and I have to admit I love the convenience of them. But at around $3.19 for a box of four, I don't love the price...


So I set out to figure out how to make homemade Uncrustables to stock my freezer. Sure, it's easy enough to toss some basic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the freezer, but my kids prefer their sandwiches cut and sealed. And the real challenge is keeping them from getting soggy when they're defrosted.

I've used the Pampered Chef Cut-N-Seal in the past, but it makes very small sandwiches and wastes quite a bit of bread. I spied this Wonder Sandwich Seal'r N' Decruster at Walmart the other day priced at just $1.97 and figured at that price it was worth a try.

(Note that I found it hanging in a random grocery aisle. I looked in the kitchen gadgets sections and it was not stocked there.)

While it did fall short of the one-step sealing and cutting claim, after a bit of trial and error, it easily produced perfectly cut and sealed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (and peanut butter and honey for my particular 6 year old)!

So what's the secret to using this contraption? First things first -- spread a thin layer of peanut butter on both slices of bread. The peanut butter acts as a sealant and is the key to preventing the sandwiches from getting soggy when defrosted.

Use about a tablespoon of jelly or preserves and keep it confined to the center of the bread. If you use too much jelly, the contents will burst through the top of the bread during the cutting and sealing steps.

The Seal'r N' Cutter is actually two separate pieces, and I found that the sandwiches turn out the best when you cut and seal in two steps. Keep both pieces together and center them over your sandwich. Press down on the outside cutter piece to trim away the crusts and move them aside. Then press down on the center sealing piece to seal the sandwich all the way around.

Larger sandwich bread loaves work best because the sandwich won't seal well if the crust is not completely trimmed off. I used Brownberry Whole Wheat bread, and the center sections worked perfectly but the edge pieces were just a touch too small to give a good seal.

To freeze the sandwiches, simply lay them out individually on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them for about two hours.

At this point you can transfer them all to a large freezer Ziploc bag or package them up in individual Ziploc sandwich bags.

Homemade Uncrustables Sandwiches

Yield: 12 sandwiches

Homemade Uncrustables Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • peanut butter
  • jelly or preserves
  • 2 loaves sandwich bread

Instructions:

  1. Spread a thin layer of peanut butter on both slices of bread.
  2. Place about one tablespoon of jelly or preserves in the center of the bread.
  3. Top the jelly slice with the peanut butter only slice.
  4. Center a sandwich sealer over both slices of bread. Press down on the outside cutter piece to trim away the crusts and move them aside. Then press down on the center sealing piece to seal the sandwich all the way around.
  5. To Freeze
  6. Lay the sandwiches out individually on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them for about two hours.
  7. Transfer them to a large freezer Ziploc bag or package them up in individual Ziploc sandwich bags.
  8. Sandwiches will thaw on their own by lunchtime or you can put them in the microwave for 15 seconds to thaw.

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Now I have a freezer full of homemade uncrustables for easy lunches for my on the go kids! They thaw easily on their own in a packed lunch or toss them in the microwave for 15 seconds. Plus I love that I can control the quality of the ingredients in their sandwiches versus the store bought processed products.

Now to figure out what to do with all of the crusts... A French Toast Casserole perhaps?

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by Tara | 87 comments

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Kristen January 4, 2014 at 9:51 pm

I actually have this and have NEVER used it! I cannot wait to give it a try! Mu kids love these but I am way too cheap to buy them!!

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Kentucky Lady 717 January 5, 2014 at 4:18 pm

I have never seen this at Walmart….I would love to have one….
I do have one I purchase from PAMPERED CHEF….but I find it too hard to clean after each use……so I do not use it very much…..

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kymmid January 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Dollar Tree in my area has them, hanging randomly in the food area!! I also put mine into baggies then into a larger bag, so we can grab n go to pack a lunch, My Ziploc is a slider bag too, so no one leaves it open!

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kymmid January 12, 2014 at 8:39 pm

I actually found mine, at DOLLAR TREE!! I had been looking for it months at WM and could never find it. I knew I had seen one hanging randomly.I just happened to walk past it at Dollar Tree and then I realized that was where i had seen it! lol

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Amanda Collier March 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

I love this, but would feel compelled to make bread pudding with the scraps. What did y’all do with yours?

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Maryellen May 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

I don’t like throwing them out either! The dogs always watch me because we do PB only and they always think the crust is for them, but I just saw this idea and love it.

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Maryellen May 20, 2014 at 1:10 pm
Tara May 21, 2014 at 9:35 am

Cute idea — thanks for sharing!

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Catherine March August 19, 2014 at 8:26 pm

make bread crumbs

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Hunter May 15, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Hi!

I love your guide! However, how do I prevent freezer burn and such? After the initial two hours of freezing, the bottoms of my sandwhiches have become drenched with water. :’( Any help is greatly appreciated!

Best,

Hunter

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Tara May 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

Hi Hunter! I’m not sure where the extra water is coming from. Perhaps try freezing them on a cooling rack set over a baking sheet instead and see if that helps.

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Susan July 19, 2014 at 6:06 am

Any thing other than peanut butter to use to help seal? My son is allergic. In Kindie he took jam, or butter, or just cheese.
Love this idea of freezing and thawing till lunch time.

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Yvonne July 22, 2014 at 10:57 pm

Susan, My son is allergic to peanuts also so I plan on trying this with sunbutter. Should work just fine, I would think :)

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Heather August 6, 2014 at 6:54 am

Has anyone tried this with bananas vs. the jelly? My son will not eat jelly and loves peanut butter and banana.

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Tara August 6, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I haven’t tried that, Heather, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Just make sure to seal the bananas inside the peanut butter, and you’ll be good!

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