Make your own homemade uncrustables frozen PB&J sandwiches part of your weekly meal prep day… And YOU control the quality of the ingredients. Perfectly portable, great for road trips, vacation, as well as packed lunches!
Homemade Uncrustables Sandwiches
My kids LOVE Uncrustables sandwiches — and I have to admit I do appreciate the convenience of them. But at around $3.19 for a box of four, I definitely do not appreciate 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, crusts removed, and sealed.
Plus keeping them from getting soggy when they’re defrosted is a bit of a challenge… But I have a solution to share!
My Favorite Uncrustable Maker
I’ve used the Pampered Chef Cut-N-Seal in the past, but I wasn’t thrilled with the very small sandwiches and large amount of wasted bread. I spied this sandwich sealer at Walmart the other day and figured at that price it was worth a try.
Note that I found it on one of those vertical hanging holders in a random grocery aisle. I checked 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 PB and honey for my picky 6 year old)!
NEW: I just stumbled across this round uncrustable maker online! It cuts and seals just like the square one I own.
I also found this 3-pc. sandwich sealer set that makes round, square, and triangle-shaped uncrustables. Plus it has a smaller cutter for cheese and deli meats, which seems really useful. If you try it, I’d love to hear what you think — it has excellent review!
How To Make Uncrustables
So what’s the formula for making awesome homemade uncrustables? First things first — my secret to non-soggy thawed PB&J sandwiches.
The key is spreading a thin layer of peanut butter on both slices of bread. The peanut butter acts as a sealant, which keeps the jelly from touching the bread and prevents the sandwiches from getting soggy when defrosted.
Use about a tablespoon of jelly or preserves (slightly less if you’re using honey) and keep it confined to the center of the bread. Be careful of using too much jelly — the contents will burst through the top of the bread during the cutting and sealing steps.
Using the Uncrustable Maker for Frozen PB&J
This uncrustable maker is actually two separate pieces. 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 firmly on just the center sealing piece to tightly 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. The Brownberry Wheat slices I used gave mixed results. The center slices worked perfectly, but the slices closer to each end were just a touch too small to give a good seal.
Freezing An Uncrustable Sandwich
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.
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How To Thaw Uncrustables
We make a point of making a boatload of these frozen PB&J during our weekly meal prep sessions. It saves a ton of time and money throughout the week. Now I have a freezer full of frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches 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 20-25 seconds. Plus I love that I can control the quality of the ingredients in their sandwiches versus the store bought products.
Now to figure out what to do with all of the crusts… A French Toast Casserole perhaps?