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Can You Make & Freeze Your Own Breakfast Sandwiches?

by Anne Hirsh

Making your own breakfast sandwiches and freezing them for later allows you to tailor the ingredients to your family's likes and dislikes and enables you to choose healthier options than you might find at fast food restaurants or in some prepackaged foods. It's important to prepare the sandwiches properly before they make it into the freezer, both for health reasons and to preserve the best flavor and texture.

Cooking and Cooling

Cook your sandwich ingredients separately, as directed on the packaging or according to your favorite recipe. Cook meats and eggs thoroughly to the recommended internal temperature, which is 160 degrees Fahrenheit for any ground meat like sausage. For eggs, hard-cook or scramble them, as soft-cooked eggs do not freeze as well. Cool the ingredients in the refrigerator immediately after cooking.

Packaging

After your food is thoroughly cooled to below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, you can assemble your breakfast sandwiches. Place the cooked meats, eggs and any other ingredients you like on English muffins or biscuits, then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, freezer paper or waxed paper. Plastic wrap works best to seal moisture into your food during freezing. The flavor will deteriorate over time, however, so the USDA recommends eating cooked bacon or sausage items within two months of freezing for best flavor, although your sandwiches remain safe to eat for as long as they are kept at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or cooler.

Reheating

Remove any plastic wrap from your breakfast sandwiches before you reheat them. Some plastic wraps are microwave-safe when used as a covering over a dish, but no plastic wrap should ever touch your food while reheating. If your sandwiches are wrapped in waxed paper or freezer paper, you can microwave them without unwrapping. The time and heat needed to defrost your sandwiches will vary according to your ingredients, thickness and microwave wattage, so try heating on the "Defrost" setting for one minute, then 30 seconds at a time on high power until you reach your preferred temperature.

Sandwich Ideas

Traditional breakfast sandwiches usually use some form of meat, egg and cheese. This is a high-protein combination, but also high in fat. If you want to give your family a healthy start on the day, consider using only egg whites or an egg substitute, a low-fat sausage or bacon like chicken or turkey and whole-wheat muffins or rolls. Limit the cheese to just enough for flavoring, and consider scrambling some veggies like tomatoes, spinach and basil in with the eggs when you cook them. Uncooked vegetables don't freeze well because they continue to degrade even at freezer temperatures, but lightly cooking them slows this process long enough to give you the convenience of make-ahead sandwiches with some healthy veggies tucked inside. Jazz up the flavor of your breakfast sandwiches by spreading them with ranch dressing before eating.

About the Author

Anne Hirsh has been writing and editing for over 10 years. She has hands-on experience in cooking, visual arts and theater as well as writing experience covering wellness and animal-related topics. She also has extensive research experience in marketing, small business, Web development and SEO. Hirsh has a bachelor's degree in technical theater and English and post-baccalaureate training in writing and computer software.

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