Thursday, November 4, 2010
One thing I've been doing for ages, but more regularly now, is make lots of sandwiches at once and then freeze them for easy grab and go lunches. When I was a school teacher this was critical for those days when I didn't have a lot of time in the morning. Now that I'm taking care of my husband, I like to have all the components of a quick and healthy lunch ready so that he or I can throw it together before he heads out the door. I used to do this when my loaf of bread was getting old. Now I make my own bread and keep loaves in the freezer since, let's face it, the 50 pound tubs of whole wheat are a super cheap food storage and what good is the food storage if it's not used?
So every Tuesday I check the supply of frozen sandwiches, carrot sticks, apples, and if he's lucky, frozen blobs of cookie dough. If I'm out, I make more or put the item on my shopping list. I also check my supply of bread and if I'm out I make more - usually I only have to do one or the other.
This may be the time and money saving tip most of my friends have asked about and even adopted themselves. I lay out all my bread in twos to know how many sandwiches I can make.
Then I take out my peanut butter and my choice of jellies - lately I've been using up my failed apricot freezer jam (too syrupy) - and scoop out the amount I think I'll need.
I mix it all together. I think this helps the jelly from making your bread soggy, plus when the jelly is too syrupy it helps it from oozing out.
I slop the mixture on half the pieces of bread and then close them up. Sometimes I have extra mixture, but I don't mind eating that straight - the bowl needs to be licked anyway - or I try to just divide it out evenly.
I wrap them all up individually in plastic wrap (cheaper than Ziplocs and I can get a monster roll at Costco that lasts FOREVER) and then bag them, either in the bread bag the loaf came in, or the Ziploc I had my bread in when it was in the freezer. By the way, I reuse Ziplocs all the time, since usually I have things portioned in plastic wrap inside the Ziploc anyway. I usually get enough sandwiches to get me through another week or two and I feel best when I get ahead of myself anyway. Like savings in the bank, I've got sandwiches in the freezer. So handy!
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