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6 how to freeze sandwiches

How to Freeze Sandwiches

Did you know you can freeze sandwiches? Well, now you do!

how to freeze sandwiches

You will find lots of tips and ideas on how to simplify and streamline your lunch-packing process in the MOMables subscription plan! A little (or a lot) of help never hurts!

Having ready-made sandwiches on hand is a great way to avoid fast food or cafeteria lunches, or just to save time later in the week. They’ll keep longer when frozen, so you can make extras without worrying about having to use them all right away either.

These work great for any meat and cheese combo, whether you plan to toast them or not—just cheese, ham and Swiss, turkey and cheddar, even a tuna melt!

If you don’t want to bother making them into pockets (why not? Pockets are way more fun!), just build your sandwiches normally and skip ahead to the next section.

  1. After cutting your crusts off or using the cutter on a pocket sandwich maker, use your fingers to smush down the middle section of the bottom slice of bread for each sandwich, leaving a 1/2-inch “frame” around the outer edges.
  2. Add in your fillings. You can layer them a little thicker than you normally would. Be sure to keep everything within the flattened area, leaving the outer edge free.
  3. Use your pocket sandwich press to seal the edges. If you don’t have one, you can use a fork to seal the edges, going around the whole thing like you would to seal a pie crust.

There are a few ways to freeze sandwiches:

  • Put each sandwich in a zip-lock sandwich baggie and push out all the air, then place those in a large freezer bag or double-bagged bread bags. (Re-use the bags your loaves came in! But be sure to put one inside the other!)
  • Separate each sandwich with a square of waxed paper, and stack them in double-bagged bread bags or layer them 2 to 3 deep in a freezer bag (and use a straw to suck out all the excess air).
  • Lay the sandwiches on a cookie sheet and freeze for 1 to 2 hours, then stack them or lay them in the double-bagged bread bags or freezer bags.

Okay, now what?

Thaw and Eat: When you’re ready to eat them, just pull one out of the freezer and let it thaw right in the lunchbox for a regular meat and cheese sandwich.

Grill: Spread a thin layer of butter or margarine on the outsides of the frozen sandwich. Then grill in a double-sided grill or panini press until the outsides are golden brown (about 4 to 5 minutes, depending on your grill).

Fry: Cook in a skillet on medium heat for around 3 minutes per side.

Bake: Preheat the oven to 400F, and cook on each side for 5 to 8 minutes. I like a toastier look, so I then turn the oven to broil and keep the tray on the middle rack and broil for 1 minute. Watch out—it burns fast!

I would not recommend using a toaster, because you risk oil from the cheese dripping out and catching fire. There are better ways to get everyone to hustle out the door in the morning.

MOM Notes: For sandwiches where the filling might soak through, spread a thin layer of soft (not melted!) butter or thick dressing (not mayo—it tends to separate when thawing) on what will be the insides of both pieces of bread for each sandwich.

Use frozen sandwiches within 3 months for best results.

And don’t worry about all those crust scraps! Save them for our Frugal French Toast Sticks or Apple Herb Stuffing recipes! Or use them to make your own bread crumbs for MOMables Healthy Chicken Nuggets, Veggie Nuggets, Black Bean Veggie Burgers, Homemade Fish Sticks, 3 Ingredient Mini Tuna Balls, Chicken Parmesan Cups, or your Grandma’s “famous” meatloaf!

Want to prep and freeze a wider variety of sandwich options? Check out this MOMables post for How to Freeze DIY PBJ Uncrustables!

how to freeze biscuits

How to Freeze Biscuits

Ever wonder if you can freeze biscuits?

how to freeze biscuits

Biscuits don’t have to be just for breakfast. They are perfect for any meal and would work great in a lunch. Need lunch box ideas? We’ve got you covered.

Fresh-out-of-the-oven biscuits are the perfect way to start your morning! Some mornings, we all seem to wake up late and are rushing out the door! It’s usually weather-related, honestly. On those cold days, no one wants to get out of a warm bed. No one wants to get up to start making and baking homemade biscuits from scratch for breakfast—well not me anyway. So breakfast can become an undesired chore on those days.

However, one of our favorite breakfast meals is making breakfast biscuit sandwiches. We take our freshly baked biscuits, cut them in half, and make a sandwich with scrambled eggs, sausage, and cheese. We also enjoy warmed biscuits with honey drizzled inside.

So on those days when we aren’t moving very quickly, I can just grab some out of the freezer and bake them easily! I love the fact that I don’t have to defrost them and can just bake them frozen. Just add 2 to 3 minutes to the baking time, and they come out perfect! I love having biscuits in my freezer because it gives me a healthy homemade breakfast option readily available!

How to Freeze Biscuits

how to freeze biscuits
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • Your favorite biscuit recipe
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bag or container

Instructions

  1. Follow the recipe to make your dough, and shape them into biscuits.
  2. Place the unbaked biscuits on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Freeze the unbaked biscuits until fully frozen.
  4. Once they’re frozen, store the biscuits in a freezer bag or container.
  5. When you’re ready to bake them, take out the desired amount and bake as directed, adding 2 to 3 minutes to the cooking time.

Notes

Store unbaked biscuits in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Add 2 to 3 minutes to the baking time when you’re baking frozen biscuit dough.

 

 

27 how to freeze pancakes

How to Freeze Pancakes

Ever wonder if you can freeze pancakes and how? Don’t worry: MOMables has you covered.

how to freeze pancakes

Need more ideas for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner? From recipes to how-tos, MOMables has it all! Join us!

There is something so wonderful about freshly made pancakes for breakfast. They are just oh-so-good. However, sometimes your mornings are too hectic, you are running late, and you just don’t have the time to make homemade pancakes from scratch. Breakfast turns into whatever can be made the fastest! But here we can show you how to freeze your pancakes, making breakfast simple and therefore making your morning routine go even smoother.

The key to freezing your pancakes is to freeze them separately. By putting them one by one on a baking sheet and placing them into the freezer, they will not stick to each other when you are ready to eat them. We always keep a bag of pancakes in our freezer for those days when no one feels like cooking. :)

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The best part about making homemade pancakes is that you can tailor it to your family’s needs and allergies. On the day you are meal planning, or even on a day you are already making pancakes, double or triple your batch, and you can freeze the leftovers. Leftover pancakes make a great breakfast or lunch for another day!

Maybe you are a muffin person. Make these Strawberry Muffins and then you can learn how to freeze them, too.

How to Freeze Pancakes

how to freeze pancakes
  • Author: MOMables.com
  • Category: Breakfast

Ingredients

  • Your favorite pancake recipe (regular or gluten-free)
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bag or container
  • Permanent marker

Instructions

  1. Make your favorite pancakes and allow them to fully cool.
  2. Put the pancakes on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until fully frozen.
  4. Once the pancakes are completely frozen, you can remove them from the baking sheet and place them inside your freezer-safe bag or container.
  5. Label your bag or container with a permanent marker.
  6. When you’re ready to eat the pancakes, remove the desired number and reheat them in either the microwave, toaster oven, or the oven until warm.

 

11 How to Freeze Bananas

How to Freeze Bananas

Do you have bananas in your refrigerator or on your counter going to waste? I know I do sometimes.

Admit it. Sometimes it’s hard to plan for just the right amount of fresh produce to eat between shopping trips. Enough that you don’t need to make an extra grocery run, but not so much that it starts going bad before you can get to it.

How to Freeze Bananas

Bananas are the biggest culprit at my house for going bad unexpectedly. One day they’re still a little green, the next thing I know, brown and starting to go mushy. But if you use these tips from MOMables, you should never again have to throw out a brown banana! You know you have always wanted to know how to freeze bananas!

What about tips for every other part of the lunch-making process? We’ve got you covered! Join us at MOMables, and you won’t be disappointed!

Method 1: Slice and Freeze

I like this method the most, since it makes my life easier down the line. This works best before the bananas get too mushy.

Just slice the banana into chunks into a zip-seal baggie. You can use a freezer bag for each banana, or pack each sliced banana into a regular sandwich baggie and put those into a larger freezer bag. I find it easier to use a glass or jar to hold my baggie upright, and I kind of fold the top of the bag over the lip of the cup to keep it there. Then I can just slice the banana right in, without worrying about it plopping off somewhere.

This step is optional but highly recommended to reduce freezer burn. Stick a straw as far down into the bag as you can (without jamming it up with banana!) and close up most of the zip seal. Then use the straw to suck as much air as you can from the bag, like a vacuum. Continue to suck as you pull the straw out and seal the last bit of the bag shut.

When you’re ready to use it, just grab a bag and break apart the slices as best you can before tossing them into your blender or food processor.

How to Freeze Bananas

Method 2: Bag and Freeze

This is a great method for when the bananas start going mushy, and when the peel splits or the stem tears off.

Put as many bananas as you need to freeze into a zip-seal freezer bag. Use the straw method above to suck the excess air out before sealing. You can add new bananas later, just be sure to suck the air out again. And try to use the older ones first.

Method 3: Just Jam Them into the Freezer

This is what I do when I find a banana that needs to be dealt with right away, but I don’t have the time to slice and bag it. This only works when the peel is intact.

This part’s really tricky now; just stick the banana any ol’ place in the freezer. Yup. The peel protects it from freezer burn.

For Methods 2 and 3, when you’re ready to use the bananas and need them sliced to make it easier on your blender, cut the banana (in peel still) in half widthwise, then cut each half in half again, lengthwise. The peel comes off fairly easily then, depending how over-ripe the banana was when frozen. The further along it gets, the harder it is to get the stringy stuff off. I usually just use my knife to scrape down the sides to remove whatever is left after I get as much peel off as possible.

To use in baked goods, you can thaw a whole frozen banana in a bowl, then snip off the stem and squeeze the fruit out into a strainer to let some of the liquid drain. Done! No need to mash even! (I will warn you—it looks really gross, and might smell a bit odd too. So only thaw them if you plan to bake right away!)

Uses for frozen bananas: 

Smoothies! If you start with frozen fruit, there’s no need to dilute your smoothie with ice cubes!

As long as you don’t let it sit out long enough to thaw, you can use a frozen banana in the Chocolate Super Pops and Easy “Monkey” Ice Cream Sandwiches recipes before freezing them. (You don’t want to thaw and re-freeze any food, unless you cook it in between. Something science-y about it changing at a molecular level.)

3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Pudding “Frozen Yogurt”: Follow the recipe as-is, only with a frozen sliced banana! This will give it a thicker, cooler texture. To be eaten right away.

Chocolate Banana Bites: If you manage to freeze your banana slices so they aren’t all clumped together, you can change this recipe up just a bit for a delicious treat! Lay your frozen slices on a plate or cookie sheet, then drizzle or pour your melted chocolate over the tops. A little messier to eat without the sticks, but still yummy! (Put them back into the freezer or eat immediately.)

Baked goods! Try them in MOMables Oatmeal-Banana Breakfast Muffins, Monkey Chocolate Bars, and Banana Chocolate Chip Donuts!

 

2 How to Freeze Cookie Dough

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

Have you ever tried to freeze cookie dough? 

How to Freeze Cookie DoughThere are two ways you can freeze cookie dough. You can freeze it in a log, or by individual cookie—it’s up to your preference!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why freeze cookie dough, you say? So that you can have it handy when you want to bake a dozen or just four, to insert as a treat inside the lunch box. If you need lunch box ideas, click here

I usually keep frozen cookie dough in my freezer at all times. My family loves cookies, and we probably make them too often.

MOMables has a ton of helpful and insightful tips and recipes! You have to check it out!

The easiest way to curb myself from eating five at a time is if I freeze the cookie dough. That way, I pull out only a few cookies and bake them on the spot, instead of baking the entire batch in one sitting.

It also means if we ever want a dessert after dinner, there are always cookies ready in the freezer!!

How to freeze cookie doughI also love that I can bake them straight from the freezer. There is no need to let them sit out overnight and defrost. Just plop them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake!

When you are ready to bake your frozen cookie dough, just add 2 to 3 minutes to the baking time, and you’ll be all set!

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

How to Freeze Cookie Dough
  • Author: MOMables.com

Ingredients

  • Your favorite cookie dough
  • Plastic wrap or parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Freezer-safe bags or containers

Instructions

For the Cookie Dough Log

  1. After mixing together the cookie dough, drop heaping spoonfuls on a large piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper in a line.
  2. Use the plastic wrap or parchment paper to shape the cookie dough into a log.
  3. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap or parchment paper, and place it on the baking sheet.
  4. Flash freeze the cookie dough log for at least 1 hour.
  5. Place the log in a freezer-safe container or bag.
  6. When you’re ready to bake, take out the log, slice the cookies, and bake as directed.

For individual cookies

  1. After mixing the cookie dough, use a scoop and drop the cookies side by side on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (There’s no need to leave extra space between the cookies, so fill up your baking sheet as much as you can.)
  2. Put the baking sheet in the freezer until the cookies are completely frozen.
  3. Place the frozen cookies in a freezer-safe bag or container.
  4. When you’re ready to bake, take out as many cookies as desired, and bake as directed.

Notes

Add 2 to 3 minutes of baking time when baking freezer cookies.
Frozen cookie dough can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

 

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