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Does anyone freeze sandwiches for lunch boxes?

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MrsWeasley Sun 13-Sep-09 15:39:30

I watched a programme where an "expert" was saying that a mum should freeze a weeks worth of sandwiches for the DCs pack lunches to save time on a daily basis.

Does anyone actually do this?

Every night I make cheese, cheese and marmite, tuna mayo and sweetcorn, and philly and ham sandwiches and although the children love them I am a bit bored of making the same thing over and over again! blush So I thought about making a batch and freezing them but would love to hear others experiences before I experiment on my DCs! grin

I do vary the breads (rolls, pittas, bagels, wraps etc) to increase the excitement grin

bigpantywoman Sun 13-Sep-09 15:49:19

No but I have thought about doing this also. I wonder if the bread would go soggy as they defrost...

Thingiebob Sun 13-Sep-09 15:50:39

Freeze sandwiches?! I've never knew this was an option.

QueenOfFuckingEverything Sun 13-Sep-09 15:52:21

My mum used to do this (or rather, she used to get me to do it) and they were horrible when defrosted. All soggy and narsty.

Some fillings don't freeze well either.

deaddei Sun 13-Sep-09 15:52:49

My friend does this- seems to work ok.
My ddmakes the lunchboxes now, so I'm ahappy bunny!

greenday Sun 13-Sep-09 15:52:51

Eek. That idea doesn't appeal to me even if it is practical.

Thandeka Sun 13-Sep-09 16:03:42

We used to do this and was fine. and made your lunch box nice and cool and was all defrosted by lunchtime.

did a weeks worth on a sunday night and then you didnt have the issue with bread being stale by friday.

(although buy freshest bread you possibly can and fridays sarnies may still be a touch dryer than mondays)

Also don't cut your cheese slices too thick or in fact make the filling too thick as you may find it hasn't defrosted in time. Somethings work much better than others so experiment- I found ham sarnies worked best of all; You don't want to do it if you put an ice pack in their lunchbox as they won't defrost properly.

I strongly recommend doing this and can't say have ever had a problem with soggy sarnies (but imagine you would if you used salad, tomato or cucumber as freezing will cause plant cells to burst and cause a soggy mess)

TheDMshouldbeRivened Sun 13-Sep-09 16:09:37

thats practically sacrilige to decent bread. As is 'chilling'.
am a 'decent bread nut' grin

prettybird Sun 13-Sep-09 16:17:25

Yes - I freeze ds' rolls. He only has a packed lunch once a week, so I buy a 6 pack of rolls and freeze the rest. Ham, cheese and nutella all work well.

However, I know from past expeirence that tomato does not freeze well (althuogh I wa a strange child and didn't mind the soggy frozen tomato sandwiches that my mum used to give me grin)

TheBolter Sun 13-Sep-09 16:19:05

Oooo, didn't it all kick off once when this subject was discussed years ago? grin

<<Off to see if thread still in existence>>

MrsWeasley Sun 13-Sep-09 16:45:16

Oh Bolter I do hope not blush and I double hope it wasnt me asking on the older thread too blush blush

I will admit to the idea not appealing to me too much in term of quality. I would be devastated if the DCs didnt like them or they were too soggy because my DCs wouldnt eat them and then go hungry. shock

I am just a tad fed up with making and the thoughtof making the sandwiches every day.

Its just September blues I suppose. Missing the holidays a bit

Ignore thread it will soon be half term. In fact only 27 school days to go

MrsWeasley Sun 13-Sep-09 16:49:07

and indeed only 62 school days until the Christmas holidays grin

MagNacarta Sun 13-Sep-09 16:56:15

Nope and never would and if I did my dh would divorce me on grounds of being cruel to our dc's. We have both suffered frozen sandwiches as children and think it is a bad thing to do. Nasty soggy, yuk - in fact I still don't really like sandwiches now.

TheBolter Sun 13-Sep-09 17:01:48

MrsWeasley - I did a search and found nothing so fear not it's buried deep in the vaults of MN history!

I do know what you mean about maing sandwiches every day. We (I say we because dh actually makes the dds sandwiches) have got round the monotony by letting them have a school meal twice a week. It is bloody expensive though. Would that be an option for you?

MrsWeasley Sun 13-Sep-09 22:04:19

I do try to encourage them to have a school meal but they dont really like the choices available to them. They have, today, asked if they can have a school dinner when its "Roast dinner day" so thats 1 day less for 2 of them.

DailyMailNameChanger Sun 13-Sep-09 22:14:00

I seem to recal that the MN backed solution to soggyness is to avoid salad and to wrap sarnies in a folded over piece of kitchen towel which wicks any water away from the bread as it defrosts, thus preventing soggy issues. smile

jazzandh Mon 14-Sep-09 09:34:21

We always had this - and I did use to do this for DH. No problem at all - bread absolutely fine - pate, cheese, ham, all worked well. sandwiches lovely and cool at lunch time too.

I still do it in the summer, and grab some out of freezer when we go out for the day.

PeedOffWithNits Mon 14-Sep-09 18:49:44

friend of mine is a teacher with Dh and 2 DC, she spends sunday afternoon making 20 sets of sandwiches for them all for the week, various fillings, then they grab pot luck out of the freezer each day. seems to work for her - she has a freezer drawer reserved for them!

PeedOffWithNits Mon 14-Sep-09 18:50:31

Oh and if we self cater DCs parties, leftover sandwiches are frozen for Dhs packed lunches

MrsWeasley Mon 14-Sep-09 21:50:50

Thank you for all your wise words smile

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