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Make and Freeze Panini Kit

A little over a month ago, I wrote a post about how to make homemade paninis without a panini press.  Well, the loaf of tomato basil bread from Panera was quite large and we had part of it left over.  We also had some meat, cheese and sliced peppers leftover, but not enough for another entire meal for the three of us.

Leftover bread, meat, cheese and peppers

So I decided to make up a Panini kit and freeze it to have ready for a night when there were just two of us home for dinner.   I just packaged them up individually as you see above and then I put everything into a one gallon zip bag and popped the whole thing in the deep freeze.

Panini kit

I didn’t post about it at the time, because I wasn’t sure how the sliced peppers would taste on the sandwich after they’d been frozen.  Now I often freeze diced peppers to have on hand to use in soups and chilis so I wasn’t worried that the peppers wouldn’t freeze well, just how they’d work out on the paninis as opposed to fresh sliced peppers.

Paninis from Panini Kit

After supper this evening, I can now tell you that this make and freeze panini kit worked like a charm.  The peppers added almost the same crunch as fresh sliced peppers do.

Once our son goes back to college in the fall, it will be just Dave and I for suppers most nights, so these would be great to have on hand for those evenings when neither of us feels like cooking something more elaborate.

5 Comments

  • Robin (rsIslandCrafts)
    July 28, 2011 1:25 pm

    Great idea! It’s nice to hear that the peppers keep some of their crunch after being frozen. I’ve been freezing more things lately especially left overs. I’m tired of throwing out food that I worked hard to make plus the fact that we are losing money when we throw away food. I found these great divided containers from Ziploc last year that I am using. It turns our left overs into TV dinners. Much healthier and tastes better too.

  • Sandra :)
    July 28, 2011 2:59 pm

    I love this idea! It would be great, too, for when hubby and I go away and the kids are on their own 🙂

    You’ll be in Nancy’s and my area of the world, soon, I think? Perhaps we can get together!

  • Sandra :)
    July 28, 2011 10:35 pm

    P.S. I forgot to say … I’m freezing peppers now too – they keep going on sale and I love using them for cooking (the vitamins – the colours!) so I’ve been slicing and bagging them for orange ginger beef and other dishes – my kids would KILL for panini sandwiches, and being able to grab a prepared bag from the freezer is definitely our kind of cooking, LOL!

  • Dawn Hudson
    September 27, 2011 10:46 am

    how long is it to cook them from frozen

    Dawn

    • supermom
      September 27, 2011 9:13 pm

      Hello Dawn,

      The bread, meat, cheese and peppers are packaged individually and then placed together in a larger bag to keep them all together in the freezer. You would defrost everything and then make the sandwiches as described in my post How to Make Homemade Paninis – Without a Panini Press.

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