Freezer Sandwiches

How to make sandwiches to freeze for the lunchbox

Making sandwiches in advance and freezing them is a great morning time saver. However, there are a few things you need to know before you dive in and start freezing ham and salad sandwiches.
To this day I have memories of my Mum buying a roast chicken, shredding the chicken meat and making a weeks’ worth of chicken and mayonnaise sandwiches and then freezing them.  She would then pop them in our lunch box each morning (frozen) and they would defrost in time for lunch.  Now I don’t know if I still have this memory because it was good or bad(my brother and I maty of ate too many chicken and mayo sandwiches) but my Mum worked when we were at school so this was a great time saver for her in the mornings.
What you can’t freeze
Lettuce
Tomato
Cucumber
Celery
Apple
Onion
Basically anything with a high water content will not defrost well and will make the sandwich soggy.

What you can freeze
Peanut butter
Vegemite
Jam
Ham
Cooked and cooled Bacon
Salami
Chorizo
Cooked Chicken
Cheese
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Tuna (drained)
Smoked Salmon
Slice roast meats – beef, lamb, pork, turkey, silverside
Chutney and Relishes
Cream Cheese

Tips for frozen sandwich success

1. Make and freeze the sandwiches the same day you buy the fresh bread.
2. Have a layer of butter/margarine/other spread on each side then fill.
3. Wrap in cling wrap making sure all air is removed.
4. Store in a freezer safe container with a lid.
5. Make sure sandwiches are laid flat.
6. Use within 2-4 weeks of making to avoid freezer burn etc.

There you have it. If you have a tribe to feed and want to make your mornings a little easier, consider freezing some sandwiches. You don’t have to send them every day but it is good to know that you have something in back up for when you have run out of fresh bread.

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5 Responses to How to make sandwiches to freeze for the lunchbox

  1. Jess January 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    I love freezing sandwiches ahead of time and I found that great way to add salad that you can’t freeze is to simply put grease proof paper in the sandwich with the edges sticking out before you freeze it. The morning that you want to use the sandwich You remove the grease proof paper and add salad, place the sandwich lid back on rewrap and put in the lunchbox. Also do this with my husband sandwiches and salad rolls it works really well 😉

    • Amanda January 24, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      That’s a great idea Jess.

  2. Tamara January 22, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this information Amanda it’s been something I’ve always wondered about but never looked up and with a first grader and day care this year this will be very handy. Nicely appreciated.

    • Amanda January 24, 2016 at 10:11 am #

      Glad I could help Tamara.

  3. Lyn January 13, 2017 at 5:03 pm #

    My hubby has been eating sandwiches for lunch for a long time as he has no way to heats things up. I now freeze the bread rolls on the day I get them with just butter on them. Twice a week I make up a Salad in a bread roll size container and keep them in the fridge. Usually Beetroot (always on the bottom) then tomato lettuce cold meat and boiled egg. Every morning he takes a frozen bread roll and container of salad and adds it at lunch for a nice fresh sandwich

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