Loaves of Sandwiches

I love to cook, it is one of my great passions. But when cooking becomes the never ending chore of filling pie holes, just to satisfy hunger, on a contiuous basis, with no end in sight, I grow very weary of my passion. One cooking chore which ranks up there in passion busters is packing lunches. I would rather run a rusty file up my shin than pack lunches every day (my kids love my “I rather” statements.)

One day while whining on the phone to my mom, I confessed my hate of lunch packing. So my mom had told me that years ago our cousin Yoshi used to make a weeks worth of sandwiches and freeze them. So my first attempt was the ever easy peanut butter and strawberry jam sammie. I made each sandwich, using the entire loaf of bread, individually wrapped them in plastic wrap, placed each back in the bread bag, labeled the bag, and froze. The next morning, I packed the frozen sandwiches which defrosted by lunch time but still remained cool.

I took this concept to new heights and started making “loaves” of cold cut meat and cheese sandwiches and grilled cheese sandwiches (place cheese between two pieces of bread, butter the outsides of the sandwich and wrap, grill later.) I even experiment with different rolls, breads and croissants to keep it interesting. Do yourself a favor and freeze a “loaf” of sandwiches for this coming week.

Note: Most vegetables and fruits will not freeze well. Avoid egg salad, mayonnaise, and sour cream as these do not freeze well. Mustard, relish, ketchup, and anything pickled will hold up. Any herbed cream cheese and Laughing Cow™ brand cheese spreads freeze well and are a good substitute for mayonnaise.


  1. Jennifer
    Posted March 17, 2009 at 1:44 PM | Permalink

    I’m the same way with packing lunches!

    I have 3 kids, who all like different things. I hate when I pack something, and at the end of the day, my daughter hasn’t touched her sandwich, or half the stuff I packed is still in there!

    I finally made it a rule this year that they have to help me. A few times when I have run out of baggies, I’ll wrap things in foil and they won’t even open it because they don’t know what it is!

    And, none of them will do hot lunches at school. I love your idea about the freezer lunches! PB & J is one of the ones I make the most!

  2. Sheila
    Posted March 24, 2009 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    Great idea for the cheese spread substitute for mayo. My family doesn’t really like mayo anyhow.

  3. carmel
    Posted June 13, 2009 at 8:23 AM | Permalink

    what a great idea…! i also hate making lunches but mostly cos i HATE glad/cling wrap! it drives me nuts!! but i went to a Tupperware party (!OMG i know!!!) and they had these little containers that are the perfect size for a sandwich – no more fighting the clear plastic sheets! yeah!
    hopefully they will make lunch making less horrible.

  4. StrawberryParfait
    Posted March 17, 2010 at 8:27 AM | Permalink

    Wow…awesome idea. Actually I asked my mom about it and she said she did this years ago when my dad was working as an electrician…that way it could stay in his truck and be thawed by lunch. Wish she had told me before lol.

    I can’t stand making sandwiches every single morning….this will save me some much needed time…and you’re whole collection on car picnic recipes, etc is wonderful. There are so many days when my husband and I have meetings after work…or grocery store trip that I don’t want to waste money by eating out.

    A suggestion to other readers:

    My husband and I work near each other but share a car and have a 40min commute to work…my work does have a fridge and a microwave in the staff breakroom as well does my husbands. I can easily send leftovers along with his lunch that we can reheat and eat dinner together at his work before we go to a meeting or grocery shopping. So if you’re racing from work, to kids, to a game, etc…take the prepared dinner/leftovers, etc with you to work and heat it up there…pack it in a soft bag cooler…and on you go 🙂 Just a thought for those who maybe have to go straight from work to something and not get home till late.

    Since we work long days (leave @6am…home normal night 6:30pm)…too long for a 6-8hr slow cooker recipe….I cook in our slow cooker @night and pack it up in the morning or put in the fridge and reheat it later.

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