This article is really a miscellaneous article for me, because, let’s face it…it’s peanut butter and jelly, who doesn’t know how to make this age old, beloved sandwich?
I had recently gathered one evening with a group at my church that gets together once a month to make sandwiches for a local homeless shelter. I watched this well oiled machine of about 20 people make up almost a five hundred sandwiches in about 20 minutes. One of the sandwiches they make is PB &J, I noticed however, they were not making this simple sandwich correctly.
When I came home that evening I happened to be watching the news and during one of the breaks was a commercial for a kitchen design store…I think, and the well, cinematographed ad depicted a girl in this beautiful kitchen making a PB &J sandwich for her mother. As the camera looked down on her making the sandwich, I noticed again, it was being made incorrectly.
This may sound like rantings of a crazy woman, who has nothing better to do with her time than obsess over how one makes a PB &J sandwich, but in today’s world of “foodies” and endless streams of reality cooking shows, I figure the least society can do is learn to make a proper Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich.
What you need:
A clean, dry flat surface.
Two clean butter knives. You don’t want to “cross contaminate” your condiments.
Your favorite creamy peanut butter. You could use chunky, but it tends to be harder to spread and you are more apt to rip the bread while spreading.
Your favorite jelly. Grape is best and the most traditional, but you could use strawberry as well.
Sandwich bread. Plain old white bread is customary. Wheat, sandwich bread is acceptable too, but please, no tortillas, bagels or any fancy shmancy artisanal bread, let’s not re-invent the wheel here people…it’s PB&J for pity’s sake!
1. Place 2 slices of bread on your clean, flat surface.
2. Take 1 clean butter knife and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and spread on one slice of bread. Repeat with other slice of bread. (This creates a barrier so the jelly won’t soak through the bread, making your sandwich really soggy, really quickly).
3. Take the other clean knife and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of jelly and spread on which ever slice of bread you desire.
4. Close sandwich by marrying the condiment sides together.
5. Eat, and enjoy this childhood favorite!
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen; Peanut Butter and Jelly Proper.
*Just a side note to my New England peeps…the same application is to be applied to a Fluffernutter sandwich as well. Just replace Marshmallow Fluff for the jelly.