This Make and Freeze School Lunches idea has been a game changer for me. Bulk making sandwiches ahead of time is easy organization. PLUS, my kids have the responsibility of packing their own lunches (well, the big kids – I still pack for my 6 year old). It’s all ready to grab n’ go so if the teens don’t take it…not my fault…mom guilt lifted. And it’s super simple…here’s how to Make and Freeze School Lunches…
Make and Freeze School Lunches
Bulk making school lunch is pretty much an assembly line.
- Cut all the aluminium foil into sandwich size squares
- Lay out your sandwich fixings (I use panini buns for my big kids and wraps for my little guy – he has no front teeth so biting into a sandwich can be challenging).
- Assembly line your sandwiches (cut buns, wraps, butter, margarine, mayo, meat and/or cheese).
- Wrap sandwiches
- Label sandwiches (so everyone knows what they are picking)
- Put the sandwiches in the freezer
Bulk make school lunch ahead
In under 20 minutes, I can bulk make school lunch for the week. Then, the kids (or I) take a sandwich out the morning you want to eat it and it defrosts in the lunch box by noon.
Now some sandwich ingredients DON’T do well in the freezer…
- Do not freeze sandwiches or wraps with: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, cream cheese
Here is what a typical school lunch box chez moi looks like:
- Fresh fruit (like this red fruit salad) for 1st snack
- Sandwich + water bottle for 2nd snack
- Cookie or banana bread slice for 3rd snack
I made this EASY SCHOOL LUNCH LIST to help make school lunches easier. And I have to tell you…my switch to Make and Freeze School Lunches this year has certainly made our school lunches easier!
And I find my kids have different school lunch appetites. My oldest wants simple. My middle child likes complex. My third wants things seperate (so I make a bento-style lunch for him). And I’ll often freeze homemade muffins too – so that when I’m low on groceries…there’s always a breakfast or snack option available.
Aside: I’m thinking about starting to make and freeze dinner ideas too…lasagna, slow cooker meals, stew. After-school is crazy here and I wonder if I made dinner ahead of time and froze it…would it make my life easier. I’d love your recommendations!