Guide to Freezing Sandwiches for School Lunches
Now before we begin, let me stress, FRESH IS BEST. Yep – although there are a few sandwich fillings that freeze decently, there is nothing like a freshly made lunch. In saying that, not all of us have the luxury of time in the mornings, and freezing in advance can be great way to get the lunches done quickly and efficiently.
Making lunches at home is also a terrific way to save a lot of money – and provided you follow our tips, it can work well. Plus if you have time on a Saturday morning – you can freeze a month’s worth of sandwiches for the whole family! So if you have children at school, you work or you send hubby to work every day – be prepared and try it and see if it works for you!
Here is a guide to what works and what doesn’t.
Follow our freezing tips to make sure you get the best end result!
- Make sure the bread is extremely fresh if you are going to use it for freezing. Preferably bread bought that day!
- Ensure the sandwich is well wrapped. The best wrapping possible is plastic-wrap as it doesn’t allow air to circulate around the bread, thus making it stale. I do not recommend zip lock bags for freezing sandwiches or even air-tight containers.
- Place the sandwich on a flat surface in the freezer and avoid the white plastic racks if you can. Sometimes the sandwiches can ‘fall through the gaps’ and then they won’t fit in the lunch box and be a funny shape!
- Make sure you note on the bag the type of sandwich and the date it was made. I would not recommend freezing sandwiches more than a month in advance!
- If you have a sandwich press at work, perhaps consider making sandwiches to be toasted!
Choosing the Bread:
Most breads actually freeze very well. As we mentioned above, just make sure they are fresh when freezing. Steer clear of wraps or tortilla’s if you can, these tend to get very brittle in the freezer and your more likely to end up with a mess. I think seeded bread and wholemeal or multi-grain bread tend to fare better in the freezer as they are more ‘dense’ and a lot better for you.
Fillings that Work GREAT:
- Meats such as canned salmon and tuna, cooked chicken (chopped), ham, roast beef, roast pork, turkey, salami, meatballs
- Peanut Butter, Nutella and most nut butters
- Butter (firm though – not melted or it will make the bread soggy)
- Cream cheese
- Grated cheese – cheese slices don’t work so well – so if you want to freeze it, grate it first!
- Pickles, chutneys and relishes
- Sundried tomatoes (chop finely first)
Fillings that should be AVOIDED:
- Fresh tomato
- Egg (especially egg white, gets very rubbery on defrosting)
- Fresh vegetables
- Anything that has a high water content such as cucumbers and fresh onion. Most salad ingredients don’t freeze well.
As well as sandwiches, a lot of other items for school lunches freeze well too. Think of items such as:
- Custards and Yoghurts
- Buns and Rolls