Introduction: Better Than UNCRUSTABLES (Hack) 3 Ways

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My kids loved (and probably still do) Smuckers UNCRUSTABLES....you know the crustless peanut butter, and jelly sandwich found in the freezer section of your grocery store. Unfortunately, the cost, and packaging made me cringe.

We bought a set of these dough presses, and I started making my own at home for a fraction of the cost. I checked the price of a box of 4 Uncrustables today, and they are selling for $4.49

Step 1: Step 1 Gather Ingredients

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Soft bread as many pieces as you want sandwiches.

Peanut butter

Jelly or Jam

Knife

Dough press

OPTIONAL
Broiler
Foil
Melted butter or margarine (I used a spray margarine)

Step 2: Step 2 Assemble

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Spread a THIN layer of peanut butter on the center of the bread (it's too heavy in my picture) followed by a small amount of jam, or jelly. Don't go all the way to the edge or it might not stick, and will certainly make a mess

Position the bread in the middle of the dough press. I found it helpful to push down in the middle where it will fold slightly. My Daughter used to cut away part of the crust prior to folding, but I don't find that necessary.

Step 3: Step 3 PRESS

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Now is the fun part......Pressing the 2 halves of the dough press together. Your PB&J is now fully sealed.


While the sandwich is still in the press remove any excess bread. You can save that in the freezer to make croutons, or bread crumbs.


At this point your Uncrustable can be served.......OR make up a bunch, and wrap each in plastic wrap, and then put them all in a zip top bag, and store in the freezer. You can take a couple out at a time, and send to school with the kids, they will be thawed out by lunch time. 

Step 4: Step 4 Make Them BETTER

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My Granddaughter said her friends Mom "cooks" her PB&J, so that got me thinking. I sprayed both sides with spray margarine (you could brush with melted butter or margarine) and BROILED the Uncrustable, turning once when the first side was browned.

They're GREAT......crisp, warm, and not messy at all.

You could use powdered, or granulated sugar on the top.

Comments

Avocadoes (author)2015-07-09

Why don't you use the red one its bigger and fits the bread

Avocadoes (author)2015-07-09

LOL my mom just bought the same doughpress one day before i saw the instructable

DIMyself75 (author)2012-10-30

Have you ever thought about dipping them in egg, cinaminn and sugar mix and "french toasting" them. maybe with only the jelly inside, or maybe some cream cheese

MaryT8M (author)DIMyself752012-10-31

No I have not......but it sounds GREAT

FlatLinerMEDIC (author)2012-08-06

This is great. AMAZING. Thanks.

MaryT8M (author)FlatLinerMEDIC2012-08-12

Glad you like them! Can't beat PB&J

sunshiine (author)2012-06-22

Very clever! Thanks for sharing.

love2die100 (author)2012-05-07

wow,gr8 idea.

MaryT8M (author)love2die1002012-05-08

Thanks :-)

bajablue (author)2012-03-30

How fantastic is this!?!

I have one of those presses at home in the States that I never use... but now I will!

MaryT8M (author)bajablue2012-03-30

I use it on and off....now that I have Grandkids I'm using it again.

ilpug (author)2012-03-29

Huh, I kind of want to make one of those bread pressers.

MaryT8M (author)ilpug2012-03-29

I'd like a presser that would make a big round one instead of having them folded

ilpug (author)MaryT8M2012-03-29

Yeah, with two pieces of bread. Can't be too hard.

MaryT8M (author)ilpug2012-03-30

It would LOOK more like the real uncrustables that way.....BUT the "real" ones are too small. Most kids would eat more than 1 for lunch, and at only 4 to a box, most of the time it works out to be over $1.00 for basically a half of a PB&J!!

ilpug (author)MaryT8M2012-03-30

Yeah, the storebought ones are a scam for sure.

kill-a-watt (author)MaryT8M2012-03-30

How about making full size sandwich by using two of the dough presses? Instead of folding one over, you would leave them both open and press the second one down from the top.

MaryT8M (author)2012-03-29

Making this Instructable gave me a good excuse to buy cheap white bread and eat warm crusty PB&Js.....yum

jessyratfink (author)2012-03-29

This looks super yummy! :D I would have been super excited as a kid to have these in my lunch.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-03-29

I do like toast with peanut butter and jelly! This sounds pretty awesome!

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