Friday, April 17

Secrets of my trade: frozen PB&J

It's time to let you in on a secret of my success as a lunch-packing mother - I don't create my daughter's PB&J's from scratch each morning. *gasp*

A couple of months ago I realized that the best PB&J's were not made on dark rye, and that my daughter was more likely to consume them in their entirety when made on "sandwich bread" (white or wheat). However, we couldn't get through the multiple loaves in the bread drawer before one went moldy.

I finally had the brilliance (yes, brilliance - it's my next best asset after modesty) to put the sandwich loaf in the freezer and pull out the individual slices each morning. The firm bread was a breeze to coat with peanut butter and jelly, and it thawed well before lunchtime.

It then occurred to me that I'd seen Uncrustables in the freezer section of the grocery store. Could I freeze my own sandwiches? I made a prototype, put it in a Ziploc, and put it in the freezer. Two days later it was in my daughter's lunchbag.

Upon her return from school that test-case day, I asked her how her lunch was. "Fine," she replied. She tends only to elaborate when elements of her lunch are not pleasing to her palate, so I decided we'd had a smashing success.

Since that day, I seek out $1.39 loaves from the Oroweat Outlet (unless I can find them in the 99¢ aisle)...

Spread them with peanut butter and jelly from Costco...

Cut off the crusts (indulgent, I know, but I have to admit they're more delectable this way)...

Stack them up in the bread bag...

And stack up the bags to put in the freezer.

And there you have it, one of the better morning time-savers I've discovered in recent months.


  1. I don't know what impresses me more: your brilliance or the fact that your daughter will eat PB&J every day.....

  2. You're allowed to be dazzled by the brilliance of both ;)