Sandwich-Making Tips with Peanut Butter and Jelly

While the days of bringing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to school in a cute lunchbox with a CapriSun are long gone, the traditional sandwich has a place in adult life. There are some things that you just don’t grow out of.

PB&J is a nutrient-dense lunch option, especially when made with fiber-rich whole-grain bread. The nut butter is high in protein and healthy fats, which are both important for feeling full and invigorated. It also doesn’t require refrigeration, making it the ideal snack or lunch to take to the beach or on a long trek. The only issue is that everyone who has ever made a PB&J sandwich ahead of time understands how the jelly can make the entire sandwich mushy. And that’s just revolting. What should a peanut butter and jelly sandwich fan do? It was a culinary issue that was brought up on Reddit, and users were quick to answer with their best advice. Continue reading to learn about the top five.

5 methods to avoid a soggy peanut butter and jelly sandwich

1. Make a border around the jelly.

One user, who received over 1,000 upvotes, said that the best way to keep a PB&J from getting soggy was to leave a border of jelly around the slice rather than coating the entire piece of bread. “Use the right quantity of jelly, but don’t cover the entire slice,” one reviewer said. When you’re ready to eat, gently push the middle of the sandwich outwards to distribute the jelly. This reduces the amount of time the jelly is exposed to the bread, which causes the bread to become soggy.

2. Spread peanut butter on both sides of the jelly.

When making a PB&J, the natural tendency is to spread peanut butter on one slice of bread and jelly on the other, then sandwich them together. If you’re going to eat your sandwich right away, that’s wonderful, but if you’re not, one Reddit user suggests another way to prepare your ‘which.’ “Put peanut butter on both slices of bread with the jelly in the middle,” they suggest, “to prevent your bread from absorbing the jelly and becoming mushy.” The trick, as with the first advice, is to limit the amount of bread that is exposed to the jelly for long periods of time. Regardless of which strategy you use, you’ll get the job done!

3. Replace the jelly with honey.

Several Reddit users recommend substituting honey for the jelly; it’s just as sweet, plus the honey soaks into the bread, crystallising it and giving it a little of crunch—without any sogginess. Do you think you’ll miss the jelly’s fruity flavour? Add sliced strawberries to the mix. Just make sure they’re absolutely dry before layering them on, or your bread may become soggy.

4. Make your bread toasty.

Several Reddit users suggested that toasting your bread would make it much less spongy for the jelly. “My secret is to toast both slices of bread in the same toaster slot. As a result, each piece of bread is only toasted on one side. The soft wire bread is then placed on the outside, while the toasted bread is placed on the interior “one user suggested

5. Make paninis with peanut butter and jelly.

“I have a panini press at home and heating up some little PB&J hot pockets is the finest,” adds one user. “It only takes a minute or two—just long enough to toast the edges of the seal and warm it up enough to eat right away.” The combination of toasting and sealing the edges prevents the sandwich from becoming mushy later.

There you have it: five techniques to preserve your sandwich from becoming mushy so that it tastes as if you just created it every time you bite into it. Can we have sleep time now that we’ve taken back this childhood favourite?

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