I mentioned in a previous post that I prep Jimmy’s breakfasts and lunches in advance and freeze them. I had a lot of interest in how I do this, so I’m here to describe the process for lunches!
Honestly, I never knew sandwiches could be frozen, but I just went for it one day and hoped for the best. Jimmy tells me he really enjoys his breakfasts and lunches, so it’s a win-win situation because having these meals made in advance has made our lives so much easier!
For lunch sandwiches, I pick some sort of sturdy bread product like a bagel, wrap, hearty bread, or bun. When I made the batch of sandwiches pictured in this post, I used everything bagels and pretzel bread.
Next, I choose some kind of meat to add as the bottom layer of the sandwich. For this batch, I used rotisserie chicken on the everything bagels and ham and turkey deli meat on the pretzel bread.
I preheat the oven to 350 degrees, line a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or foil and lay down the bread. Next I add the meat, cheese, and toppings and bake the sandwiches “open faced” for about five minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the bread has toasted a bit.
If you have a sturdy bread, I’ve found you can put the cheese on the other half of the sandwich without it becoming soggy.
Once the sandwiches have baked, I let them cool for about ten minutes and then assemble them, wrap them in plastic wrap, foil, or place them in a sandwich bag. When they’re completely cool, I place the wrapped sandwiches in a gallon freezer bag and freeze them until we need them.
My routine is to make a week or two of sandwiches at once, freeze them, and then pull out five on Sunday night. By Monday morning, the sandwiches are thawed and ready to go for the week.
Jimmy heats his sandwiches in a toaster oven for a few minutes, but also eats them without heating them sometimes and reports that both ways are delicious.
Notes and ideas:
-I usually keep Jimmy’s sandwiches super simple; meat, cheese, jalapeño or banana pepper slices, and srircha or hot sauce.
-If I’m feeling fancy or have more time, I like to add thinly sliced onion, bell peppers, and bacon.
-Sometimes I make pizza sandwiches and add pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce.
-Other topping ideas include most cooked or pickled vegetables, meat, mustard, and barbecue sauce.
-I would avoid lettuce, mayonnaise, and tomatoes, as they don’t freeze well.
Have any questions? Let me know in the comments! I’ll share a few breakfast recipes I have on rotation soon 🙂
These are such a good idea! I’ve frozen breakfast sandwiches, but never thought to do lunch ones before!
I totally remember you making breakfast sandwiches before Izzy was born!! The lunch sandwiches have been great for us! I don’t know if Christopher packs a sandwich, but it has made things a lot more streamlined for us!
All looks so good Allie!!
Love 💕 you!
Thank you, Dad! I love you!
I love bagel sandwiches! Good tip on saying which things are good to freeze or not!
There’s nothing like a good bagel sandwich! It has been so helpful to know what is/is t good to freeze haha. We’ve avoided a lot of gross sandwiches by doing a little research!
I can vouch for my tasty lunches 😃
Thanks for always feeding and taking care of me babe! I’m just a helpless little boy w/out you! 😘
Thank you, babe! That means so much to me! I love you!
Yayyyy! I was so excited for this post- thank you for taking the time to share your ways!! These look AWESOME.
Aww, yay! Thank you, Mackenzie! I hope this is helpful if you decide to try it for DJ’s lunches!
Mmmm these sandwiches look amazing!! The pretzel bread is beautiful. 😍
I had no idea you could freeze sandwiches so easily. Thanks for sharing, Allie! Looking forward to your breakfast recipes. 🙂
Thank you, Hunida!
Learning that we can freeze sandwiches has been a total game changer for us! Can’t wait to share the breakfast recipes 🙂
Oh my gosh, this is such a fantastic idea!! I will definitely have to try making these. I feel like having sandwiches ready to go for the week will save so much time in a work day. Thank you so much for sharing!!
Yay! I’m so glad this could be helpful for you!! 🙂
These look delicious. Kevin takes leftovers to work once or twice a week but he often eats out and that expense really adds up. Maybe I can convince him to do sandwiches like these.
Thank you, Amy! I wish I could get Jimmy to take leftovers haha! I hope this process works for you and is tasty for Kevin if you ever give it a whirl 🙂