Crazy Easy School Lunch Hack.
Packing my kids’ school lunches really isn’t as difficult as I make it out to be in my mind. Nonetheless it’s one of my least favorite to-do’s. I don’t like packing them the night before because I’m already engaged in a mental battle to finish the supper dishes. And the morning…well…that’s not exactly when I shine in the area of productivity.
When I was a Family and Consumer Science student at the University of Montevallo, I had an amazing professor named Corilyn Ott. I can’t tell you all the ways she enriched my life, but this hack I’m sharing is one she taught me in her Consumer Economics class.
We were talking about saving money on food purchases, and she shared with us how she made homemade ‘Uncrustables’ sandwiches for her kiddos. She would purchase a whole loaf of bread, remove the slices from the bag, make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (my store’s loaf makes 10 total sandwiches) and return the sandwiches to the bag and place in the freezer. Her children could self-serve and take out a sandwich to thaw for a snack or lunch.
So tonight I portioned out the kids’ snack crackers and whipped up a loaf of PB&J’s. Lunch for the week is on it’s way to done. I’ll just remove two sandwiches from the freezer each morning, pack those in their lunchboxes and they’ll thaw by lunchtime.
A few notes on my assembly method:
I spread peanut butter on each piece of bread to keep the jelly from seeping through. I use a knife in the peanut butter jar, a spoon that dallops the jelly on the peanut butter bread, and an extra knife that I keep on a small plate to smooth the jelly on the peanut butter. Probably ridiculous but I don’t like jelly in my peanut butter jar and vice versa. I keep the heels of the loaf and use them to cap off the ends for added freshness.