There is nothing better than a beautiful fresh sandwich, but sometimes there just isn’t the time. Bread actually freezes very well and there are lots of options for sandwich fillings that freeze well.
Can you freeze sandwiches?
Yes, you can! Sandwiches actually freeze really well as long as you use the right ingredients and prepare them properly. Certain fillings freeze better than others but you can freeze sandwiches without losing out of flavour. Freezing sandwiches for school lunch boxes is also ideal to keep them cool and fresh, and a great time saver if you do them all at the beginning of the week.
Tips for freezing sandwiches
- Make sure your bread is fresh. SUPER fresh! We freeze our bread every week, make sure you do it as soon as you buy it though. The state you freeze it in is how it will come out so don’t try to freeze bread that is starting to go stale. Defrost it either in the microwave for 10 seconds or in an airtight bag on the bench or in the fridge.
- Wrap your sandwiches well in an air tight bag or cling film. Any gaps can allow freezer burn and drying out of the bread.
- Make sure you lay your sandwiches flat so that they freeze evenly.
- Consider freezing fillings separately to the bread and putting your sandwich together at work.
- You can top frozen bread with fillings and then place it back in the freezer. I find this works particularly well for any fillings that are somewhat “wet” as they don’t soak into the bread.
- Something that places a layer of fat between the bread and the filling will help your sandwich to stay fresh. Butter both pieces of bread to avoid moisture from fillings causing soggy bread.
- Avoid placing condiments directly against the bread as this is likely to make your sandwich go soggy.
- Consider tortillas or pita breads rather than regular sliced bread. They tend to freeze well.
- Pack salad and fresh ingredients into a little zip lock bag separately to add to your sandwich.
25+ Sandwich fillings that freeze well
- Pesto and chicken
- Ham and pickles (ham against the bread, pickles in the middle)
- Corned beef and chutney (make sure to place chutney between two pieces of beef)
- Ham and cheese (grated cheese is best)
- Meatballs and parmesan (perfect for a toasted sandwich)
- Chicken and cream cheese
- Tuna, cream cheese and grated carrot (make sure you butter the bread to keep it from going soggy)
- Falafel and hummus (butter the bread)
- Cheese and Vegemite (don’t knock it ’till you’ve tried it!)
- Honey and peanut butter
- Peanut butter
- Vegemite and butter
- Sliced chicken or turkey with cranberry sauce
- Sliced lamb with mint jelly
- Sliced roast pumpkin and beef
- Roast pork with apple sauce
- Chicken, walnut and cream cheese
- Hummus, sun dried tomatoes and ham
- Bacon and avocado
- Turkey, cranberry and brie cheese
- Meatloaf and caramelised onion jam
- Peanut butter and banana (spread the peanut butter on both pieces of bread)
- Tuna, sweetcorn and cream cheese (butter the bread!!)
- Chicken schnitzel, pesto and cheese (perfect for toasting)
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Sandwich fillings that DON’T freeze well
- Egg tends to go rubbery. Not top of my list of tasty freezable sandwich ideas!
- Really wet fillings. If it has a lot of moisture it will tend to go soggy when defrosted. You can freeze moist fillings but wrap them separately to the bread and then construct your sandwich once defrosted.
- fresh onion
- low fat cheeses don’t do as well as full fat
- cottage cheese does NOT freeze well… trust me ;)
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Do you freeze sandwiches? What do you find works well?