September 24, 2012
These are a few of my un-favorite things:
-mindless repetitive tasks
-heading to town in the morning without snacks or a lunch for the kids
As our family has grown, packing an on-the-go lunch has become more time consuming. It recently occurred to me that I could circumvent some of the preparation time with a little advanced planning. I am certainly not the first to think of this idea (Smuckers Uncrustables anyone?). But it was a lightbulb moment for me.
Perhaps you have been doing this yourself for eons, but just in case you are like me, I thought I would share this simple tip for making sure you always have a sandwich to grab on the go.
-I decided that if I was going to do this, I might as well make up several sandwiches at once. I use one loaf of bread.
-I laid out the bread and slathered them with peanut butter and jam. Putting peanut butter on every slice of bread with the jam layered on top helps prevent the sandwiches from getting soggy.
-I assembled the sandwiches and separated them with a paper towel (an alternative thrifty option that I thought of was to use the thin paper squares that sperate out the Tillamook sliced cheddar cheese that we purchase at Costco). The reason for putting a layer in between each sandwich is to make it easy to separate them after they have frozen. If you use plastic sandwich baggies you could simply bag them instead. However, I use reusable sandwich bags so it wasn’t a good option for me to bag them at this step.
-I put the prepared sandwiches right back in the bag that the bread came in and secured it at the top and placed it in the freezer.
-Now I had a handful of sandwiches ready to go at a moments notice. I found that they thaw quickly enough that I could pull one out of the freezer in the morning and they would be ready to eat by lunch. The kids have not mentioned noticing any difference in taste, however, I have noticed that they will dry out faster so I need to be sure they are eaten the day I thaw them to prevent this.
How about you? What kinds of snacks have you found work well to prepare ahead of time?
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