These homemade uncrustables are a far healthier option than the ones you buy at the store and the filling options are endless!
I have to be honest, the whole idea of an Uncrustable really puts me off. I know they are popular, but I never even knew they existed until recently. And when I found out what they were, well… I just didn’t get it.
Maybe it’s my old fashion upbringing, but the idea of eating bread without crust is crazy to me. I know there are kids with sensory issues and what not, but for an average kid… I just don’t get it. The crust is part of the bread! I know if I had asked my grandmother to cut the crusts off my bread when I was little, I would have gotten a good long lecture about how my family went without food in the war. And then I would have eaten the crusts. But I suppose things have changed with time.
Please note that the word, “Uncrustables” is the registered trademark of Smuckers. The Gracious Pantry does not lay claim to this trademark in any way. It is used here for reference only.
Another thing I just don’t get is, it’s a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It takes more time and work to go to the store, park, buy a box of these chemical-filled contraptions and drive home again. then it does to just make a simple PB&J at home. Homemade is cheaper too!! I guess I just don’t see the convenience in them. If I fed these to Mini Chef, he would never be able to sit still in class and he certainly wouldn’t feel full or satisfied after eating. There is almost no nutritional value to help fill him up! He’d be in trouble all the time thanks to his sugar high, never mind the anti-peanut policy at his school.
Nope, I just don’t get it. But for those folks who do purchase them, I thought I’d try my hand at a few different variations of this “sandwich” just to show you that they can be made much healthier while still being tasty.
I did a peanut butter and jelly version just to get my feet wet. They turned out pretty good. I found out the trick is to make sure you put peanut butter on both sides of the bread so that the jelly doesn’t soak through the bread. You also can’t overfill these or the edges won’t seal shut. But beyond that, it was really just a PB&J guys. It took more work to make them this way, but if you must have them, at least you have a healthier option. If your kids just won’t eat the crust, these are nice to make at home. And yes, you can freeze them. Just package them up separately and then freeze. You can store them together once frozen, although I do recommend putting a piece of parchment between them if they are all in the same container.
OTHER TYPES OF HOMEMADE UNCRUSTABLES:
UNCRUSTABLES FILLING IDEAS:
- Tuna fish – Do not freeze.
- Hummus & carrots, cucumbers – Do not freeze.
- Cheese & tomato uncrustableS – Do not freeze.
- Avocado, tomato & cheese – Do not freeze.
I will say that the one benefit I found with these types of sandwiches is that there is far less mess. Because they are sealed around the edges, food doesn’t fall out at the bottom while your child is eating. So if your kid really must have these types of sandwiches, you now have a way to give it to them without worrying about sugar overload at lunch time, or jelly stains on their shirt or pants!
TOOL FOR MAKING UNCRUSTABLES:
You will need this tool to make these types of sandwiches. It simultaneously cuts off the crust and seals the sandwich shut around the edges. However, if you do not want to purchase one of these, you can also cut the crust off yourself with a knife and then use a fork to crimp the edges shut.
Get the one I used on amazon here: Affordable Sandwich Sealer n Decruster (color May Vary)
Get round decruster instead on amazon here: The Pampered Chef Cut N Seal, Medium, 3-1/2-Inch 1195
HOMEMADE UNCRUSTABLES RECIPE:
A healthier way to give your kids the lunch they want.
- 2 slices whole grain bread (no sugar added)
- 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter (no sugar added)
- 1 tbsp. 100% fruit spread
Lay the bread down on a flat work surface.
Spread the peanut butter on first, 1 tbsp. on each slice. Spread the peanut butter in a circle in the center of the bread so as not to have it cut away when the crust is removed.
Add the fruit spread to the center of one slice, then close the sandwich.
Use the cutter to remove the crust and seal the sandwich closed.
You can freeze these for up to 2 months.
Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.