Before you rush out to the store to buy your next box of uncrustables, stop here and check out this easy recipe. Did you know that you can make uncrustables at home? Homemade Uncrustables are soft, freezer friendly sandwiches, stuffed with your favorite flavors, like peanut butter, strawberry, Nutella, PB & J and more.
Save money, and a trip to the store and make these nutty, fruity soft sandwiches at home. My family prefers peanut butter and jelly uncrustables, and Nutella uncrustables the most.
Uncrustables make for a great lunch on the go or even for a summer lunch when the kids are home from school. These great sandwiches are even perfect for a trip to the pool or the beach.
I love that you can eat them for lunch, dinner or even a dessert.
Not only are these uncrustables delicious they are filling too. Making these uncrustables at home is budget friendly and it gives you the flexibility to fill them with all of the combinations that your family prefers.
If your child attends a nut free school, don’t worry I have a solution for you. Your child can still enjoy peanut butter and jelly uncrustables. All you need is a little nut free butter.
My family enjoys SunButter. It’s creamy and delicious and completely nut free.
If you are not familiar with Sun Butter it is a nut free made from sunflower seeds. While it doesn’t taste exactly like peanut butter, it is a great alternative. Those that have a nut allergy wouldn’t even notice the difference.
Did you know that Sun Butter also makes a Nutella alternative? It’s called Chocolate SunButter. Using Chocolate SunButter, you could make nut free Nutella uncrustables.
The more options you have the better!
What are Uncrustables
A sealed crustless sandwich is a foodstuff comprising a filling sealed between two layers of bread by a crimped edge, with the crust subsequently removed.
A popular variety in the United States is peanut butter and jelly. Sealed crustless sandwiches are mass-produced by The J. M. Smucker Company under the brand name “Uncrustables”.
We not only make uncrustables that are filled with peanut butter, jam or jelly, honey and Nutella. We also make these lightly toasted Grilled Cheese Uncrustables that are absolutely delicious.
With your favorite cheese and with or without ham. With or without tuna. I’m hoping you have time for a look because boy oh boy are they good too.
What are some Uncrustable filling ideas?
- Banana Nutella
- Banana Peanut Butter
- Strawberry Jam or Jelly
- Peanut Butter and Honey
- PB & J
- S’mores with Marshmallow Fluff, Chocolate Sauce, and Crushed Graham Crackers
See how much fun you can have? There are literally so many options for filling here. Don’t stop creating until you decide on a few favorites.
How Do I Make Homemade Uncrustables?
- Cut your bread. Using a circle cutter, a glass, or a mason jar, cut large circles out of your bread. Be sure to remove all the crusts!
- Spread your filling. Take your filling of choice (peanut butter, jam, Nutella, etc.) and spread onto half of your bread circles. You’ll want to use about two tablespoons of spread per sandwich. Be sure to leave a small ring of plain bread around the outside of each slice.
- Close and seal. Place one of your plain pieces of bread on top of each of your “spread” pieces. Using the palm of your hand, gently squeeze the two pieces of bread together. Finally take a fork and, using the edges of the prongs, crimp the edges of your sandwich closed.
- Serve and enjoy! Serve your sandwiches right away or see the instructions below on how to freeze your homemade uncrustables.
How to make Nutella uncrustables
Ready to take your uncrustables up a notch? Try making Nutella uncrustables. These little sandwiches even make for a great dessert.
To make Nutella uncrustables simply spread about one tablespoon of Nutella along your bread, and then using your fork or your uncrustable cutter, close the sandwich and seal the edges.
Then you have a delicious Nutella uncrustable sandwich for dinner or dessert.
How to make peanut butter and jelly uncrustables
Want to make peanut butter and jelly uncrustables? You need about one tablespoon of your favorite peanut butter, and one tablespoon of the jelly flavor of your choice.
In our house we like Jif peanut butter it’s a family favorite. Jif makes for great peanut butter and jelly uncrustables. For the jelly, my husband is a traditionalist and only wants grape jelly.
My husband is an avid lover of Smucker’s grape jelly. So, in our household peanut butter and jelly uncrustables are usually Jif peanut butter and Smucker’s grape jelly.
Strawberry uncrustables are always such a big hit. Simply add some strawberry preserves or jelly inside each uncrustable sandwich and eat it either fresh or toasted.
I just love strawberry everything. Including strawberry uncrustables.
Both ways are oh so good. Just you wait until you try one, or two or three.
peanut butter uncrustables
These addictive peanut butter uncrustables are always popular in this house, especially with my husband. He is a huge peanut butter fan and always has been.
He loves these homemade uncrustables filled with peanut butter, toasted and not. I have seen him eat a lot of them too.
I you’re a peanut putter fan than I encourage you to try them! I am sure you’ll love peanut butter uncrustables as much as he does! 😉
What Do I Need To Make Homemade Uncrustables?
- Bread—For this recipe, try to choose a bread that is a little denser and holds up well in the freezer. Most white or wheat breads should work nicely.
- Sandwich Fixings—Feel free to get creative here! If your kids love strawberry, peanut butter, Nutella or PB & J uncrustables sandwiches, get busy and stuff your slices of bread.
- Butter (for skillet or air fryer uncrustables only)—If you’re going to want to toast your bread you have the option to do so in your air fryer, skillet or panini maker. You’ll need a little bit of melted butter on the outside of the bread to ensure that your sandwiches crisp up nicely.
- A Circle Cutter—A circle cutter or even a wide-mouthed glass or mason jar will help to make your homemade uncrustables look like the real deal.
- A Fork—You’ll use the prongs of a fork to crimp your uncrustables closed. You can always use your fingers too to press around the edge. This is especially vital if you’re planning on freezing your homemade uncrustables.
What can I do with leftover crusts after making Nutella uncrustables
Do you have the crusts of your bread left and you don’t want them to go to waste? Don’t worry, I’ve got some ideas for you to use your leftover crust.
First, you can use your leftover crust to make croutons. I love making homemade croutons all you need is some oil, the bread crusts and the seasonings of your choice.
Personally, I like italian seasoning and garlic. You could even add parmesan and make garlic parmesan croutons.
Another way to use up your leftover crusts after making your homemade uncrustables sandwiches is by making bread crumbs. Bread crumbs are simple to make, and have a variety of uses. You can use them to make breaded meats, meatloaves etc.
By using your leftover crusts to make bread crumbs or croutons are you reducing food waste in your home, plus getting more food for your money, therefore stretching your food budget as far as it will. It’s a win win.
How do I freeze and thaw homemade Uncrustables?
If you made a type of homemade uncrustable that wasn’t toasted or air fried, all you need to do is throw the sandwiches into an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 1 month. To thaw, place on the counter for 30-45 minutes.
If you’re wanting to freeze an uncrustable, you’ll need to place the sandwiches in an airtight container in the freezer before you butter and fry them.
When you’re ready to enjoy a hot sandwich, take one out of the freezer and coat in melted butter. Fry as normal, adding extra cooking time as deemed necessary.
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How long can I store these sandwiches
If you are freezing your uncrustables you can store them for about 3 months. Be sure to keep your peanut butter and jelly uncrustables tightly sealed to prevent freezer burn.
If you are not freezing your uncrustables you can only store them for about 24 hours. I don’t recommend storing your Nutella uncrustables for longer than 24 hours unless you a freezer them, otherwise they will get soggy.
are uncrustables vegan
Uncrustables are a terrific way to enjoy a sandwich for lunch and I wish they were around when I was a kid because I would have loved them.
At first glance, the answer to the question are uncrustables vegan? my answer would be a fast no. Truth is I assume there are animal products or byproducts in almost all processed foods.
Surprisingly, uncrustables are vegan. Depending what you stuff or fill your uncrustables with.
Vegans must avoid using honey, Nutella or chocolate to fill their uncrustables.
Storebought flavors that are vegan
- Reduced Sugar Peanut Butter & Strawberry Spread on Whole Wheat
- Peanut Butter & Strawberry Jam
- Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly (both club and normal sizes)
- Reduced Sugar Peanut Butter & Grape Jelly on Whole Wheat
Storebought flavors that are NOT vegan
- Peanut Butter & Honey Spread on Whole Wheat
- Chocolate Flavored Hazlenut Spread Uncrustable
Where can I get an uncrustables maker
If you are in the market for a cutter to help you make uncrustables here is a heart, star and circular shape cutter that cuts and seals into different shaped sandwiches.
These are totally cool.
Looking for just a circle shaped cutter? I’ve use this one and love it. This circle shaped uncrustables cutter also cuts and then seals making it easy to make these sandwiches.
No matter which uncrustable maker you choose, your family is going to these soft and tasty sandwiches.
can you microwave uncrustables
Uncrustables are sandwiches primarily made with peanut butter and also have jam in them.
The company strongly advised against using a microwave to thaw uncrustables, they suggest you bring them to room temperature for about 30 to 60 minutes which is obviously time-consuming.
On a positive you can just lay them out on the counter or leave in your lunch to allow them to thaw, so while the thawing process is time consuming it does not take a lot of effort on your part.
can you refreeze uncrustables
We do not recommend refreezing store bought Uncrustables Sandwiches as it creates ice crystals that cause the bread to become soggy when thawed. Any other questions you have about these delicious, store bought sandwiches can be answered here
Sadly, you cannot refreeze homemade ones either.
Why make these sandwiches
Are your kids sick of the same old sack lunch? Are you sick of shelling out way too much money for sugar-loaded frozen sandwiches?
These homemade sandwiches may just be the solution to both of these problems! Made with fresh, completely customizable ingredients, these homemade uncrustables are perfect for day trips, school lunches, or even as a hearty snack.
These homemade uncrustables are so quick and easy to make that you’ll never find yourself tempted to buy the store-bought version again.
Plus you’ll feel good about feeding your kids a sandwich that is not only healthier, but is also made with love.
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Homemade Uncrustables Recipe
- Air Fryer
- Cookie Cutter or Uncrustable Cutter
- 8 slices sandwich bread
- 1 tbsp Nutella
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tbsp jam
- 1 slice ham
- 1 slice cheese
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
- Using a circle cutter, cut the crusts off of each slice of bread.
- Spread about 2 tablespoons of your spreadable filling. Leave a small ring of plain bread around the edge.
- Place one of your plain bread slices on top of each of your topped bread slices. Use the palm of your hand to gently squeeze the two halves of your sandwich together. Using the prongs of a fork, crimp the edges of each of your sandwiches together, sealing the fillings inside.
- If you’d like to air fry your uncrustables, brush the outside of each with a little bit of melted butter and cook in a 390 degree air fryer for 3 minutes on each side or use a skillet, over medium heat, lightly toast buttered side of each uncrustable.
- Serve and enjoy every bite!