I’m about to blow your mind. Did you know that you can make homemade Uncrustables with a Mason jar? Yup, a Mason jar. You can also use a biscuit cutter! No fancy uncrustable maker needed to make a large batch of your own Uncrustables. This super simple Uncrustables recipe will impress your favorite PB&J fans and save you a whole lot of money at the grocery store!
Ode to Uncrustables, the original crustless sandwiches
Before having kids I didn’t understand why people reached for convenience foods. I straight up slammed people for buying overpriced and over processed foods.
As much as I hate to admit this, I had a long love affair with convenience foods after the kids were born. When life gets busy, convenience foods are so easy. I don’t think I would have survived taking care of my mom during her cancer treatments if I had to cook 3 meals from scratch daily.
However convenient it was, I’m back on the unprocessed food bandwagon and it feels good. I cut out processed foods from my diet in January of 2020 in order to clean up our diets after my son got pretty sick.
Basically, I’m including this little bit in this post because I don’t want anyone to think I’m mom shaming anyone who buys the store-bought version of Uncrustables. No shame. I’ve bought them and I’m sure I’ll buy them again. I just love knowing how to make my own homemade uncrustables for a fraction of the price! And a much healthier version.
How to Make Homemade Uncrustables
When it comes to easy lunch ideas with simple ingredients, the PB&J sandwich is a clear winner You really can’t go wrong (unless you have a peanut allergy), but you can elevate it by making your own Uncrustables. If you do have a kid with a peanut allergy, consider trying sunflower butter.
This homemade version is super simple. All you need is a Mason jar, any other wide mouth jar, glass cup, or biscuit cutter. A cookie cutter will work in a pinch, but I find that it cuts the bread instead of sealing the edges of the bread it like the jar does.
Check out this video to see how easy it is.
The key to making homemade Uncrustables with a mason jar is to really press down to seal. Once you get the hang of it, you will be churning them out much quicker than I did in this video.
Once you have them made, throw them in the freezer until you pack them for lunch.
Homemade Uncrustables Recipe
- 24 pieces bread
- 1 1/2 C peanut butter sub sunflower butter for nut allergies
- 3/4 C jelly
- Lay out the slices of bread on a clean surface.
- Spread the peanut butter onto 12 slices of bread, keeping the peanut butter in the center.
- Spread the jelly in the center of the remaining 12 slices and assemble the sandwiches.
- Take the mason jar and press it into the center of each sandwich, making sure to press down really hard and twist to seal the edges.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper in a single layer. Freeze for 2 hours.
- Pack each sandwich individually or put in a large freezer proof container.
- Store in freezer up to 2 months.
How long does it take to make DIY Uncrustables with a mason jar?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I made 10 of these in 15 minutes. I spent less than $5 on all of the ingredients too!
What kind of bread works best for homemade Uncrustables?
I’m a huge fan of bakery bread and homemade sourdough (get my recipe here). I love that it’s fresh and usually has less preservatives. As much as I love it, I’ve found that soft processed bread works the best.
White bread works best, but I’m all about wheat bread these days. I’m loving the Nature’s Own bread. This is not a sponsored post, I just wanted to let you know the brand that seems to work the best to make my DIY Uncrustable recipe.
How do you store homemade uncrustables?
Wrap them up and freeze them.
I bought mine at Target, but you can order similar ones here on Amazon.
Make sure to use them in 2 weeks or less if you use compostable bags. They don’t seal well in the freezer. Standard ziplock bags or glass freezing containers work better of long term storage.
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