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Make these easy homemade uncrustables for a great lunch idea that kids will love. Skip the store bought version and save money with this freezer friendly recipe.

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Homemade uncrustables

My kids love uncrustables but they can get pricey. I thought I would try to make these at home and they were a huge hit. Now, the kids ask for homemade uncrustables all the time.

These are so easy to make and they are a HUGE money saver and time saver! You can also make extra and put them in the freezer to save time during the week.

Sliced white bread on a wooden cutting board, placed on a rustic wooden table. To the left of the bread, there are two measuring cups: one containing jam and the other containing peanut butter—perfect for homemade uncrustables.

What you need:

Seriously it is that easy! You just need a few supplies to make these and you will save a ton of money!

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How to make uncrustables perfectly:

If you are thinking about not investing in the bread cutter, I highly suggest that you do buy one. It actually seals the ends of the bread so it won’t get crusty and the jelly won’t leak out.

It is great and totally worth the expense. This gadget gives the uncrustables the look of the store bought version kids love.

In fact, my kids thought they were store bought because they turned out so perfectly. Talk about a mom win! 🙂

The sandwich cutter is so handy and will help seal the edges and seal the sandwich for a mess free ready to eat sandwich.

Add this to your meal plans and save time and money.

How do you make homemade uncrustables?

 Make sure you get bread that is large enough to trim without hitting the crust. You will need 2 pieces of bread for each sandwich. You can use white or wheat bread.

Spread peanut butter on each slice of the bread, being careful to stay in the center and avoid where the cutting and sealing occurs. By applying the peanut butter to both pieces of bread, you are preventing the sandwich from getting soggy.

    Slices of bread with peanut butter spread are arranged on a wooden cutting board and surrounding surface. A knife with peanut butter residue and a cloth are nearby, illustrating how to make uncrustables. A jar of grape jelly is partly visible at the top of the image.

    Apply jelly to the middle of one slice. Place the peanut butter only slice on top of the peanut butter and jelly slice (peanut butter side down).

    Slices of bread are placed on a wooden cutting board and surrounding surface, each topped with either peanut butter or a combination of peanut butter and grape jelly, resembling homemade uncrustables. A light brown checkered cloth lies next to the cutting board.

    Place cutter on top of sandwich and press down firmly (make sure crust is completely cut away). Remove crust while cutter is still in place. Make sure you have pressed down completely on the blue center sealing piece.

    Six slices of bread with fruit jam spread on top are arranged on a wooden cutting board, perfect for making homemade uncrustables. Two additional slices of bread with peanut butter spread are placed near the board. A checkered cloth is partially visible in the lower-left corner of the image.

    Lift off cutter and place sandwich in sandwich bag and place in freezer.

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      Four slices of white bread are on a wooden cutting board, perfect for making homemade uncrustables. The bread appears fluffy and freshly baked, with one slice having a portion taken from it. A brown and white checkered cloth is partially visible in the bottom left corner of the image.

      That is it!!
      See my live video of me making homemade uncrustables for our freezer:

      I told you it is really easy to make! You can do this too!

      How to store homemade uncrustables:

      I like to flash freeze the uncrustables on a baking sheet and then store them in freezer bags. You can do this individually or put them all in one large bag. Since they were flash frozen, you don’t have to worry about the sandwiches getting stuck together.

      A bitten sandwich made from two round pieces of crustless bread with peanut butter and jelly filling is placed on a light wooden surface. Additional homemade uncrustables sit on the left on a chopping board, with bowls of jelly and peanut butter nearby, showcasing how to make uncrustables effortlessly.

      How to Thaw Uncrustables:

      You can take the Homemade uncrustables from the freezer straight to the lunchbox. Or… you can place in the fridge the night before to thaw.

      However, it should thaw by the time your child has lunch at school. I just place them in the lunchbox straight from the freezer and they are nice and cold for my kids.

      Make sure you get the kids involved. Ours did the peanut butter and jelly part while mom did the descrusting (is that a word?) part.

      We are a great team when we do it together. Plus, we spend time together and made memories.

      Now you know how to make uncrustables!

      With just a few slices of bread, a sandwich sealer and peanut butter and jelly, these uncrustables come together in minutes.

      School lunches will be a breeze when you can just grab one from the freezer bag and pop into lunch boxes.

      An image of homemade uncrustables shows round, crustless sandwiches with one revealing a bite taken out of it. The sandwiches rest on a wooden board and white surface, surrounded by dishes of grape jelly and peanut butter, with some peanut butter on a spoon.

      Homemade Uncrustables are cheap to make!

      This idea really does save you money. Uncrustables are really expensive at the store. Plus…. if you are smart like me (hehe!) you will save that extra bread and crusts and make Homemade Croutons! YUM!

      Make sure you also check my post on 4 Ways to Save on School Lunches.

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      Homemade Uncrustables

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      This copycat Homemade Uncrustables is very easy to make! Easy lunch ideas for kids. Save time and money when you make homemade uncrustables.
      Prep Time 10 minutes
      Total Time 10 minutes
      Servings 6
      Cuisine American
      Course Lunch
      Calories 420

      Ingredients

      • 12 Slices Bread
      • 1/2 Cup Grape Jelly
      • 3/4 Cup Peanut Butter
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      Instructions

      • Spread peanut butter on all slices of the bread. Stay in the center and don’t worry about the edges. We like to put peanut butter on every slice so that the bread does not get soggy from the jelly.
      • Then spread jelly on 6 slices of the bread on top of the peanut butter.
      • The put the peanut butter only bread slices on top of the peanut butter and jelly slices of bread.
      • Use a sandwich cutter to cut out the center of the bread and to seal the edges. Remove the crust while the cutter is still in place.
      • Lift off the cutter. Place each sandwich in an individual sandwich bag and freeze.

      Nutrition Facts

      Calories 420kcal, Carbohydrates 54g, Protein 14g, Fat 18g, Saturated Fat 4g, Sodium 448mg, Potassium 333mg, Fiber 5g, Sugar 20g, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 97mg, Iron 3mg

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      1. Pat Wheeler says:

        I use flash freezing for diced onions, celery, bell pepper, etc. and keep large bags of individually frozen veggies for cooking in my freezer. It saves me a lot of prep time because I have what are called “essential tremors” which cause my hands to shake whenever I try to use them. This way I can take my time when I am not in a hurry trying to get a meal on the table and then throw the meal onto the stove top, into the oven, pressure cooker, slow cooker, etc. in much less time.