Uncrustables — a very popular, heavily processed, store bought item in many homes and school lunches. **sigh** Do you know what you are paying for when you buy a box of these? One look at the ingredient list is enough to tell you this is not a good option…
BREAD: ENRICHED UNBLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, UNBLEACHED WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT,WHEAT GLUTEN, DOUGH CONDITIONERS (DISTILLED MONOGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, DATEM, ENZYMES [WITH AMYLASE, LIPASE, ASCORBIC ACID, CALCIUM PEROXIDE, AZODICARBONAMIDE, WHEAT STARCH]), YEAST. PEANUT BUTTER: PEANUTS, DEXTROSE, SUGAR, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (PALM AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL), CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR GRAPESEED), SALT, MOLASSES. GRAPE JELLY: GRAPE JUICE, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE).
With a list full of additives linked to health problems, words I can’t pronounce, and the majority of the ingredients being manmade, and not real food, I think it’s best we skip the Uncrustables from now on. Convenient? Yes. Affordable? Sure. Impossible to make on your own, and for the same price, or less without all the additives? NO!
At the store I found one of the breads listed on the Clean Breads post for $2.50, which had enough bread for 8 sandwiches. I didn’t included the end pieces, in case anyone is wondering. Then I found supermarket brand natural peanut butter, which did not have partially hydrogenated oils, for $2.56 (14 servings per jar), and a natural jelly without high fructose corn syrup and preservatives for $2.48 (25 servings per jar).
- Price Per Sandwich: Bread $0.31, PB $0.18, Jelly $0.10 = $0.59 / per homemade, additive-free sandwich
- Uncrustables: Box of 4 is $2.93, which is $0.73 / per store bought, heavily processed uncrustable
Making these was the perfect job to get the little ladies involved! I let them add a little peanut butter and jelly to one slice of bread, then I lined up the second slice of bread, and together we pushed down on the Cut-N-Seal.
Once we had several sandwiches made, I put them on the cookie sheet, and into the freezer they went. After they were frozen, I wrapped them individually, placed them in a plastic bag and put them back in the freezer.
These will be great for lunch, after school snacks, or the mornings we are running behind…that never happens with a two and four year old in tow. ; )
Real food doesn’t always require more money, and hours of your time. It just takes a commitment to your health and the health of your family. Kick the artificial ingredients and harmful additives out and add these homemade sandwiches to your Sunday Night Prep next week.