Lunchbox Freezer Cooking Trick: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

by Dana S on October 16, 2012

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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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Crystal @ Crystal's Cozy Kitchen October 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Mixing the peanut butter with the jam or honey makes it so the jam/honey doesn’t soak into the bread in case you or your children don’t like that!


Dana October 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Great idea! :)


sheri October 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm

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


jennifer October 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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


Kari October 31, 2012 at 9:57 am

They usually allow Sunbutter! They used that at my son’s school… I haven’t tried it, but it sounds good.


Danielle S June 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

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.


Jocelyn Pascall October 16, 2012 at 11:58 pm

LOVE this idea. Love. Love. Love.


Mary October 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

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.


Christy L. April 3, 2013 at 9:44 am

I have used this for school lunches ever since I read the post. Lifesaver!


Christy L. April 3, 2013 at 9:45 am

I have used this for school lunches ever since I read the post. Lifesaver!


Becky April 14, 2013 at 6:59 pm

This makes packing lunches so easy. One of my fave tips! Sometimes I even bring them to work myself.


Sherida August 9, 2014 at 3:29 am

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 August 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm

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! :)


Michelle August 12, 2014 at 12:11 pm

If you have one of these, they look JUST like the uncrustables from the store. Honestly the kids don’t know the difference and it’s SO much cheaper than buying them. Barely press it down, then flip it over and press it gently again.


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