Pre-made peanut butter and jelly?!? Oh, I get it—there are no crusts and the contents are sealed inside for a less-mess kid lunch. Voila! The Pampered Chef’s Cut-N-Seal (available here):
Yes, I costs $9.00 (plus tax, shipping, and handling). But I can make crustless PB&J for a fraction of the cost ($0.25 each) of the store-bought version ($0.62 each). If your kids are buying these at school, I guarantee you’re paying even more. In the end, the Cut-N-Seal pays for itself in five easy steps:
Step 1: Spread two slices of bread with peanut butter—putting peanut butter on both sides will keep the jelly from making the bread soggy. Note: unfortunately, white bread and wheat bread seal better than whole wheat bread.
Step 2: Spread jelly on top of peanut butter on one side; put two halves together.
Step 3: Press outer edges of Cut-N-Seal into sandwich to cut off excess (save extra bread for croutons or bread crumbs).
Step 4: Press down crimper to seal edges.
Step 5: Remove crustless sandwich from middle of bread.
But wait!! The store-bought ones are really convenient because they are frozen—they last a long time, are individually wrapped, and are so easy to pack in school lunches!
Step 6: Place sandwich in zip-top bag or wrap in plastic wrap and store in freezer. In the morning, I simply pull one out of the freezer and put it in my daughter's lunch box. By lunch time, it has thawed and is ready to eat!
Have a great school year!!