Morning Time Saver! Make Ahead Freezer Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

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School mornings can be so hectic. Anything I can do ahead of time in order to reduce the morning chaos, is a godsend. These make ahead peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a huge timesaver! I love that I can just grab a peanut butter and jelly sandwich from the freezer, pop it in their lunch pail, along with a few other snacks and I’m done packing their lunch! Want to make your own make ahead PB&J sandwiches? Read on for my must have tips!

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

To make your freezer peanut butter and jelly sandwiches you’ll need a loaf of bread, JIF peanut butter (creamy or crunchy), Smuckers Natural Fruit Spreads (we used strawberry), a sandwich cutter/sealer (we used this bear or this square).

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

Having a sandwich cutter that seals the edges is essential. This ensures that your sandwich is sealed and won’t leak any of the contents out the edges.

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

Now spread your JIF Peanut Butter on the center of each slice of bread. You want the peanut butter on both sides to help prevent the jelly from making the bread soggy. Be sure to only spread the peanut butter in the center and avoid the edges as you’ll be cutting and sealing the sandwiches and you don’t want the peanut butter to be all the way to the edge.

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

Next spread the Smuckers Naturals Strawberry Fruit Spread on one side of the bread. I choose Smuckers Naturals Fruit Spreads because they contain the same ingredients I would use in my own jam, and nothing more. Their Strawberry Fruit Spread is our favorite!

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

Now place the two sides of bread together to form your sandwich. Use your sandwich cutter/sealer to press and seal each sandwich. You can see how nicely my bear cutter makes a bear shape and the square cutter makes nice squares that utilize all of the bread except the crust. This works great because my kids hate the crust!

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

Next you can either wrap them in plastic wrap or stick each one in a plastic zip top bag. How you use them should determine how you will store them. If you are going to just toss one in your child’s lunch pail each day then I’d recommend storing each one in a sandwich bag. However, if you use a bento box container (which I do), then I would just wrap each one in plastic wrap so you can place it in their container easily.

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

Then place all of the wrapped sandwiches into one large gallon size freezer bag. This double bagging method helps to deter any freezer burn and will keep them fresh for a longer period of time in the freezer.

Make Ahead Freezer PJ&J Sandwiches. Do this to make your own homemade uncrustables! Make the peanut butter & jelly sandwich and then freeze for later! Complete how to and tips!

Now on your next hectic morning you can just grab a sandwich and toss together a quick lunch for your little one. Another time-saving tip that I use is to create a basket in the cupboard containing a variety of pre-portioned lunch snacks so I can easily grab a few and makeup their lunch. Making lunches no longer sucks up half of my morning and our mornings are more peaceful because of it!

Now when Carson is at preschool he can enjoy his PB&J moment knowing that mom made his favorite sandwich, just the way he likes it! I love when he comes home from preschool and shares all about his day. It makes me flash back to my days in preschool when my mom made me that same kind of PB&J! I love knowing that Carson is comforted by some food from home in the middle of his day.

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Comments

  1. Jenna Wood says:

    This is a great idea- my father used to also draw faces on the ziploc baggies, adding to the lunch time fun!

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    I literally have the only two kids on earth who wil not eat a PB&J. My husband and I love them, though!

  3. All 6 of us love peanut butter, including 4 teens. And it’s usually our go-to protein source when we are traveling.

  4. Plus the kids may even have fun making these! Great idea.

  5. I love this! I find that I’m always making last minute PB&Js, and this would make it so much easier!

  6. I never thought of making them ahead.

  7. Quit skimping on the peanut butter! You need to pile it on! 😉

  8. They’re like homemade Uncrustables! I didn’t realize you could freeze pb&j for any length of time until recently.

  9. What a great time saver! These are such a cute sandwiches for the kids lunches.

  10. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I think this is a great idea to save time. I just wish my kids were not so picky with the type of bread I used.

  11. You just can’t make it easier and yummier to save time with this idea. I love it!

  12. I need these in my life. These sandwiches are all that my son eats, and it would be so smart to make them in advance like this!

  13. As I get older (and as my kids get older), I begin to see the wisdom in ideas that I used to turn my nose up at. I didn’t see the need to make such a simple sandwich in advance, but now I have mornings when it’s all we can do to get out the door with all our clothes on, and I see exactly why moms want to make mornings easier 🙂

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  14. I had no idea that you could even freeze PB&J sandwiches! And trust me I am all for anything that saves time in the mornings!

  15. Oh I love this idea! Would be so great for lunches! He always seems to want the peanut butter and jelly!

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