Lunchbox Freezer Cooking Trick: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

You may be thinking “Really, freezing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? How long does it take to make a pb&j?” But having a freezer full of already made sandwiches is a huge lifesaver for me on those crazy mornings.

I typically make a whole loaf of sandwiches at a time. The key to a good freezer pb&j is to spread the peanut butter on both sides of the bread. Then add the jelly. This prevents the sandwich from becoming soggy when it thaws.

Another tip is to place each sandwich in a sandwich bag, then double bag it by placing the sandwiches in another freezer bag or bread bag. This keeps the sandwiches fresh!

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Freezer Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

Yield – as many sandwiches as you would like

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 1 loaf bread. (I use 100% whole wheat sandwich bread when it is on sale for 88 cents/loaf)
  • 1/2 jar natural peanut butter ($1.00)
  • 1/3 jar jelly ($1.00)


  • Lay out all slices of bread.
  • Spread peanut butter on each side of bread.
  • Spread jelly on one side. Place both slices of bread together.
  • Bag sandwiches into sandwich bags. Then place into another large freezer or bread bag.
  • Freezer. Good in freezer for 3-4 months.

Cost $2.88 total or ~$0.16 per sandwich

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  1. sheri says

    This makes total sense because Welch’s sells this in the freezer section and I didn’t even think how cheaper and easier it would be to do it our selves!!! Thanks

  2. jennifer says

    Wish my son could have peanut butter at school. They don’t allow it. But, I do jelly sandwh. instead lol. So hmmm wonder how that would work

      • Danielle S says

        I realized this was typed a long time ago. We send the kids to school with Sunbutter & Jelly sandwiches. I was afraid they wouldn’t like them (because we love peanut butter) but they’re GREAT! Wondering if I could freeze them though? Hmm.

  3. Mary says

    Yes, you can make a jelly sandwich. Just spread one side of each slice with a thin layer of butter and top that with the jelly. The butter will keep the jelly from making the sandwich soggy.

  4. Sherida says

    Where do you live that bread is 88¢ on sale? I do good to find 100% whole wheat for $2.50/loaf on sale. :-/ Thanks for the tips, though! I want to try this!

    • Dana says

      Sherida, it happens every blue moon here in Chicagoland where I live. However, it is alwasy $1.29/loaf for 100% Whole Wheat at Aldi’s every week! :)

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