Sandwiches by the Loaf

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school and it’s time to once again start packing lunches. This is actually a good thing for me, as it gets me back into the habit of packing a lunch for myself every day — I tend to backslide on this during the summer, and end up spending more than I should to eat out. The problem is that mornings around here can be pretty crazy, and lunch-packing just adds to the craziness. So, in order to keep things running as smoothly as possible, we’ve had to come up with creative ways of streamlining our morning routine. Probably the simplest of these steps has to do with sandwich making.

Rather than breaking out the PB&J every single morning, I’ve gotten into the habit of spending a bit of time on Saturday or Sunday afternoon making (and freezing) all of the sandwiches for the upcoming week. As it turns out, PB&J sandwiches freeze (and thaw) really well, and making a pile all at once is far more efficient than doing it piecemeal. As of this year, I’m making a grand total of seventeen sandwiches at a time (five each for myself and two full-time school kids, plus a twice-a-week preschooler). This works out especially well for us, as I like PB&J as much as the kids do, and the resulting modularity of the morning lunch-packing routine (i.e., grab a sandwich from the freezer, throw in a yogurt and some fruit and I’m done) makes it all the more likely that I’ll actually bring a lunch to work. And to think that sandwich-making is enough of a burden on society to support the creation of a entire frozen PB&J sandwich industry! Then again, they do come with their crusts already cut off.

9 Responses to “Sandwiches by the Loaf”

  1. Anonymous

    Don’t have kids.
    But wife and I cook more food than needed every night.
    We pack the leftovers for lunch for the next day, and for those days when we don’t feel like cooking (saves us from going into a restarant when we could have cooked home).
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  2. Anonymous

    I think I tried this with meat and other sandwiches before. Note – it does not work with lettuce and tomato =). They kinda turn to mush. PB/J is a good idea.

  3. Anonymous

    Good idea! We make all of our food the night before to avoid the rush in the morning, but never thought of freezing a bunch at a time. I’ll need to try it.

  4. Anonymous

    I am not a big fan of PB or J, but when I make Ghoulash I tend to make 5-10 servings at a time. It can be frozen, but you will want to leave it just in the fridge for at least 3 days before freezing it so that it can self-marinate. It tastes better after reheating than it does originally. Grab a plastic container out of the fridge, freeze anything I won’t eat within a week, and it’s a ready made microwavable meal. Since I eat probably twice as much as the average person, you can probably get more meals out of than I do while making the same amount.

  5. tdfb: They’re not still frozen when you eat them… They actually taste exactly like a ‘fresh’ sandwich by the time I break one out at lunch time. Now if you’re thumbing your nose at the idea of PB&J in general, that’s an entirely different issue.

  6. Anonymous

    Never thought about frozen pb&j sandwiches!! I don’t have kids yet, but it is kind of a pain to make and pack lunches every morning. However, my girlfriend wakes up to do her hair and make-up earlier than I do, so I now just wake up at the same time and make coffee and lunches which save about $2.50 and $11 respectively every day.

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