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#1 laughter

Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:00 AM

As per the title. Do you think it is too early to start cooking and freezing mini cupcakes, slices and muesli bars for school lunchbox treats?
I would wrap individually in glad wrap and then store in tupperware in the freezer.
Just wanted to do something while I have the time now, before going back to work.

#2 jayskette

Posted 28 December 2011 - 10:07 AM

Never!
(I am replying to this eating my Easter buns and reading my Valentine's Days' catalogues.)

#3 Freckles

Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:04 AM

No, not at all. In fact reading this post makes me think that I should do the same, now that I will have 2 kids needing school lunch boxes filled. biggrin.gif

#4 Freddie'sMum

Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:08 AM

Very good idea OP !!

Plus we have just got an old style chest freezer waiting to be filled with food / snacks for lunchboxes !!





#5 my serenity

Posted 29 December 2011 - 09:25 AM

i wish i had the room :/

#6 vertical

Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:54 PM

Not to early, I came here searching for tips and recipes.
I've tried baking some some scrolls without much success and have muffins lined up next.

What ideas do you have.

#7 marnie27

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

Nope, I started last night. I am a tiny bit excited about DS starting school in Feb.  biggrin.gif

I plan to bake a term's worth each holidays. I think poor DS is going to miss his hot cooked lunches at daycare though.

#8 Wise Old Owl

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:15 PM

We don't have a lot of spare room in our freezer so what I am thinking of doing is trialling a few different things between now and when school starts.  

Whatever ends up being a success with the kids I will write up a list and then do a weeks worth of baking one week at a time over the weekend once school starts again

#9 Escapin

Posted 04 January 2013 - 06:21 PM

I don't have school aged kids yet, but I've been making this banana bread - http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/vie...na-Bread-108415.

It makes 2 big loaves and freezes beautifully. Would be great for school lunch boxes I reckon.

#10 bella67

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:08 PM

Thinking the same thing need to do bit bake as school will start before l know it . Its a bit cooler today so good chance to do some baing but now to decide.

slices - sweet and savoury
muffins
cupcakes
and think l will try the banana bread recipe thanks Escapin

#11 AntiBourgeoisie

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

How many baked goods do you put in a lunchbox everyday?
Mine are not quite at school yet, but when I was a kid I got a sandwich and a couple pieces of fruit. I can't recall anyone at school with delicious baked goods... Actually there was one girl, notable because none of the other kids had baked goods in their lunch so we all wanted hers, LOL (and she was VERY nice about sharing too).
Here I was thinking I could recreate the sandwich and fruit lunches of my youth... Have times changed?

#12 happyvegemite

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

Never too early  biggrin.gif

I usually make/keep cheesymite scrolls, ham/mayo scrolls plus muffins and banana bread.
I freeze in glad wrap and then Tupperware and keep in the freezer original.gif

Happy baking!

#13 Cat People

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

Our school has a healthy lunch something something policy so a lot of these things wouldn't be allowed, such as cup cakes, sweet slices, etc.

I don't like to freeze for much more than a month so I think it's too early.  Our school doesn't go back until the 4th Feb.

#14 marnie27

Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (AntiBourgeoisie @ 05/01/2013, 10:19 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
How many baked goods do you put in a lunchbox everyday?
Mine are not quite at school yet, but when I was a kid I got a sandwich and a couple pieces of fruit. I can't recall anyone at school with delicious baked goods... Actually there was one girl, notable because none of the other kids had baked goods in their lunch so we all wanted hers, LOL (and she was VERY nice about sharing too).
Here I was thinking I could recreate the sandwich and fruit lunches of my youth... Have times changed?

I never got baked goods either, though when I was at school other kids always had a mini bag of chips, roll ups or cakes.  My mean mum wouldn't let me have any of that  laughing2.gif  - but I don't want DS taking them either, so I figure a homemade baked item is much more preferrable.

I plan to put in one each day - a mini muffin or scroll or a slice of banana bread etc.

My plan so far is that each day DS will take:

- a sandwich
- a piece of fruit
- one baked item as above
- veggie sticks with maybe cheese and crackers.
- water bottle

DS has a very long commute to school and will leave at 6:30am and not get home until after 4pm so will probably send along some extra food in case he's hungry on the way home.  Things like yoghurt (frozen to stay cold), rice cakes, an extra baked item or half a sandwich.

Currently he has morning and afternoon tea (both fruit and something else) plus a big hot lunch at daycare and doesn't eat a lot for dinner.  I'll be interested to see what happens once he's a school.  He's always been a bit of a skinny minnie - his school shorts are size 1 and still hanging off him!

#15 CocobeanLillylove

Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:04 PM

QUOTE (Ferdinand @ 05/01/2013, 01:59 PM)
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I was wondering about this too. I just assumed pretty much every school has a healthy eating policy now.

I think it's way too early, personally.

out of curiosity, marnie, how is your '09 born child starting school this year? It should be 07/08 born children starting in 2013.


My 09 Feb child is starting Kindy this year in WA

#16 marnie27

Posted 05 January 2013 - 01:07 PM

We're in WA and he is just inside the cutoff for 4 year old kindy (school years go on 1st July - 30th June birthdays).  Four year old kindy is run through the school for 2.5 days a week - I think this would be referred to as preschool in other states?


#17 marnie27

Posted 05 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

No worries - I'm always confused by the school entry system in other states.   original.gif


#18 CFMummy

Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:13 AM

The school my DD1 is starting at has no food policys at all I wa a bit shocked and will be at least trying to have healthy lumch boxs

#19 vertical

Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:33 PM

So does anyone have any freezable recipes to share?


#20 bizikids

Posted 06 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

I started baking this week and freezing for when school goes back. We have 7 children with 6 of them at school and kindergarten.
So far I have made banana muffins, Anzac slice, choc chip cookies and weetbix slice.
We have a large chest freezer so I wrap each item individually and place.inside a large tub with lid then into the freezer.
Our kids have 1 baked good, 2 pieces of fruit, Paris creek or jalna yoghurt, sandwich or tin of tuna and crackers.

#21 MissButtercup

Posted 07 January 2013 - 01:26 PM

My DD's should kind of has a health lunch policy, she takes the following -

Sandwich and yoghurt for lunch (looking for alternatives tho)
Brain food x 2 - this has to be cut fruit, vege or dried fruit which they eat in the class room.
Snack for recess - pop corn, pack of rice crackers, cheese, cabana and biscuits or piece of fruit.
Oh and a drink that is only to have water in it.


#22 lisazee

Posted 08 January 2013 - 08:32 PM

Think I will make some banana cup cakes though DD in year 2 this year barely eats any of the fruit or sandwich in her lunchbox everyday. Not that she wants something else she's jus too busy or "runs out of time". But she can always eat the "treat".   Any ideas for healthy treats?




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