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Last week I shared a super easy and delicious recipe for making your own low sugar raspberry freezer jam. Today I am going to show you how you can use that jam and a few other things to make your own DIY Uncrustable PB & J sandwiches.
I came across a pin showing how to make these sandwiches last year and have been making them for my kids ever since.
I now have two kiddos in full-day school and they both prefer to pack their lunches most of the time. Usually they pack four days and buy one day each week…pizza day, of course!
They like an occasional lunch meat sandwich, but really prefer peanut butter and jelly. I make my own because the real version can get pricey and I like being able to choose whole grain bread and natural peanut butter. This time, since we just made a bunch of low sugar freezer jam, I used that instead of store-bought jelly. I would not say that we are a low-sugar family at all, but for that reason, I have been trying to cut back in places that my kids won’t really miss it…especially since a big surge of sugar makes my already active 6-year-old son even more active, and that’s a lot to keep up with
These sandwiches are easy to make in bulk and toss in the freezer. I put them into my kids’ lunches frozen and they are thawed out and ready to eat by lunchtime.
Tips for making these sandwiches:
- You will need a sandwich cutter/sealer. I have seen these in grocery stores, but I ordered my Sandwich Sealer N Decruster (affiliate link) on Amazon.
- Put peanut butter on both pieces of bread. This prevents sogginess from the jelly or jam.
- Make sure your pieces of bread are big enough for the cutter (you will need a loaf with larger slices of bread.)
Now let’s get started!
To make your own “Uncrustable” sandwiches, you will need a Sandwich Sealer N Decruster, bread, peanut butter and jelly or jam. I bag them in individual plastic bags and then put them into a large gallon sized freezer bag before tossing them in the freezer.
Put peanut butter on two slices of bread. Keep the peanut butter towards the middle of the bread because you will just be cutting off the edges.
Add jelly or jam to the center of one of the pieces of bread.
Put the two pieces of bread together. Place the inside (sealer part) of the cutter/sealer inside the larger part (the cutter). Position it on the bread and press down firmly to cut the crust off of the bread.
Once the crust is removed, press firmly down on the smaller, inside piece to seal the edges.
And there you have it! Your own crustless freezer sandwich.
I usually make two loaves worth of sandwiches at a time. This time I used two loaves of whole wheat bread, about half of a large jar of peanut butter and about 4-5 oz. of jam. That made 16 sandwiches.
I put each sandwich into a sandwich sized plastic bag so I can just grab it from the freezer and toss it into the lunch box. I usually put all of the sandwiches into a gallon sized freezer bag to keep them from migrating all over the freezer.
I would love to hear how you make packing lunches easier, healthier or more fun. Leave a comment to share your ideas!
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