Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Make Your Own Uncrustables

Looks like the real deal, right?  My kids don't know the difference!  Even when I make them with whole wheat bread they don't complain.

Let's get started.  First, you'll need one of these
The only sandwich presses I've seen are from Pampered Chef.  It will pay for itself in no time... I'm super cheap and I sprung for this thing.  I'm so glad I did!  Chances are you know a Pampered Chef consultant, but if you don't, you can contact Amie and she'll get you sandwich press of your own.  She's awesome.

I like making a lot of uncrustables at once and freezing them.  You don't have to.  Any instructions you see in this tutorial that are between *asterisks* you can skip if you are not a complete control freak.

1.  Lay out your bread on a cutting board.  *Make your own bread here.  Slice it with a serrated knife*

2.  Smear a thin layer of peanut butter in the middle each slice of bread.  *Make the most delicious peanut butter you've ever had in your life here*

3.  Put a dollop of jelly or jam in the middle of every other slice of bread, on top of the peanut butter.  *Make your own jam here*

4.  Lay one of the peanut butter only slices on top of the PB & J slices.  Line up the sandwich press in the middle of the bread.  Press the entire press down onto the sandwich until it cuts all the way through the bread.
5.  Push firmly on the plunger to seal the edges up.  Pop it out and you have an uncrustable!  *Use leftover bread (making sure there isn't excess PB on it) to make your own breadcrumbs here*
6.  Place extras in a ziploc freezer bag and freeze.  *Build your own freezer here*  just kidding :)


I don't know about you guys, but I love those quizzes you see online.  Like Socrates said, "know thyself", right?  Count up how many asterisked steps you plan on completing and see your results below.

0-1:  Let's face it, if you're even reading this and considering making your own uncrustables, you're a bit of a control freak.  It probably isn't something you need to worry about.  Although, if you are control freak, you'll worry anyway.

2-3:  You drive your family nuts, right?  Me too.  I fall into this range so I feel your pain.

4:  Go get help.  Now!

This has seriously saved our family quite a bit of money and they are so convenient to have around.  Hope you have fun making your own;  now go micromanage your family's meals!

Blessings,
Jamie
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24 comments:

  1. That is the neatest little contraption. I have the Norpro half circle contraptions, but one fun it would be to make little pies with. Love it and love uncrustables. Joni

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  2. This is so great! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now. It goes through the 1st. http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy

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  3. I saw your link at Gluesticks and I'm so glad I did! I'm going to look into getting one of those sandwich presses, that would be a money-saver!

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  4. This is genious! my kids love these! plus they are so expensive at the store! and you can use organic or homemade ingredients! thanks so much for sharing!

    Lina

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  5. We did this all the time when our children were young! They loved them! We also made them with cream cheese and jam! visiting from at the picket fence!

    Lisa
    thepearsonfamilee.blogspot.com

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  6. I bought one of these because I had the same thought in my mind. But. My bread kept tearing...I just didn't have any luck with it. I hope the secret isn't do make your own bread because I am not very good at that. Any bread type suggestions that I can buy at the store? haha!

    Thanks! What a fab idea!

    Ashley
    www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  7. My sister in law has that and I think it is fun, even though my kids have never had an uncrustables. It is a neat gadget.

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  8. Brilliant! My daughter loves peanut butter and jelly! She would eat them every day! Thanks for sharing. I will have to get my hands on a sandwich press and SOON!

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  9. I thought this was so cool so I featured this on my blog tonight! Come grab a button :) http://mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/07/your-whims-wednesday-14-and-features.html

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  10. Your amazing idea has been featured on our blog! =) Come check it out and grab our button!

    ~Briana
    Sweet Peas and Bumblebees

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  11. I love the "asterisk" quiz at the end. You are too funny :-)

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  12. I've been making these for my kids for a long time too, but I have the same problem that one other commentor had - my bread ALWAYS tears, even with our own homemade bread! I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong! Have you ever had that problem?

    Even with torn bread though, I agree that this gadget will TOTALLY pay for itself in no time! :)

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  13. I had no idea it was so easy to make these. I bet my kids would love them.

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  14. They look fantastic, easy to make and presents well. Great idea.

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  15. I've never heard of an uncrustable, but I do have one of these presses, and my kids ask for circle sandwiches all the time, even the picky one!

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  16. I was LOL about the building your own freezer part!

    I have one of these from Pampered Chef and forgot about it!

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  18. The trick to keeping the bread from tearing is to use really fresh, soft bread. I just made a batch of these and I think out of the whole loaf of bread, only one tore. Good luck!!

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  19. You are officially my new favorite person. I have always obsessed over these in the store, but can't justify the non-food aspect. Thank you!

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  20. For an ever lower-budget version, you can make circle sandwiches by using the lid from the peanut butter jar, or even a glass. If you have trouble with the bread tearing, try using a domed lid -- I got mine from Wal-Mart, it was the rounded lid of a bright blue plastic cup (the kind with a built in straw). It was less than a dollar, and its domed shape prevents the bread from tearing. For fun shaped sandwiches, you can also use cookie cutters.

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  21. Oh-kay, make your own freezer here, HAHAHA, I laughed out loud! I love that! Great tutorial!

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