On March 19th I hosted a Great Idea Day. It is one of my very favorite link parties. I am all about shortcuts, tips, tricks, and what works for others.
Sara from Best Thing Since Slice Bread shared the tip of making PB&J sandwiches ahead of time. I absolutely loved the idea and actually had one of those “uncrustables” makers from Pampered Chef. It works like a charm and saves me time when packing my son’s lunch for preschool. So you spread the peanut butter on both sides of the bread. That helps the jelly from soaking in and making the bread soggy and nasty. Add jelly or in my case apple or pumpkin butter. (See recipes here, and here). Then do the magic with your sandwich maker (they sell versions of these at most grocery and chain stores). Next I stick them in individual freezer bags and then put them in one big freezer bag and take them out when I need them. (I mark my bags so they come home with Isaac and I can reuse them…yes, I am cheap…but you already knew that). Ok the part that bugged me what this… What do you do with the scraps of bread? We do feed them to the duckies…which is nice. But why not croutons?!?!
I cut up the crust into little bite size pieces… I mixed 4 tablespoons of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” with one teaspoon of garlic powder and some shakes of an Italian Blend Seasoning. Melt the butter and pour it on the bread pieces… Shake it to spread out the garlic butter love. Spread them out on an aluminum foiled covered jelly roll pan (easy clean up!) Bake them for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until they are all golden brown. Cool and store in a Ziploc bag for up to three weeks in your pantry. No waste, time saver, cheap PB&J….GREAT IDEA!
Mark your calendars…next Great Idea Day is July 9th.