How Come You Put the Peanut Butter on First?

by Janice

As we start off the New Year considering resolutions and challenging old habits, I thought Rachel’s post on 5 Minutes for Faith was especially timely…

WHAT? How come I put the peanut butter on first?

peanut-butter-and-jellyThis morning, as I was making my son, Brennan, a sandwich, he looked up at me and asked me the peanut butter order question. As I stood there with a knife loaded with peanut butter, I didn’t know what to say. I had never thought about why I put the peanut butter on before the jelly. I’ve just always done it that way.

So I told him that I didn’t know and that’s the way I always do it.

His response? “Maybe you could try to do the jelly first sometime?” My jaw dropped. Do the jelly first? How does that work?

Putting the peanut butter on first is a habit. Not only is it a habit, but it is one that I don’t ever think about why I do it. Certainly in the scheme of life it’s a very little thing, but my son’s comments allowed me to ponder my choices and responses…

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1 Jessie January 7, 2011 at 7:28 am

Oh my, I never realized that I did this too! That is too funny. Maybe I will change it up at lunch :)


2 Susie's Homemade January 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

Isn’t that funny? What an amusing cultural habit!


3 Marni January 7, 2011 at 10:23 am

I always said that the pb goes first because if you cross contaminate, the jelly needs to be refridgerated. But then, having friends with peanut allergies I have though, cross contamination vice versa is really a bigger problem. I still aim to do pb first, but do sometimes mix this one up. :)


4 nan January 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

i have always done jelly 1st


5 Katrina January 7, 2011 at 1:13 pm that you say this, I realize I’ve always done pb first. Maybe because it’s a pb&j sandwich? I honestly don’t know!


6 Jennifer, Snapshot January 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

If you do the jelly first, it soaks through and gets all gross. So, per my husband’s technique, the peanut butter goes on BOTH sides, then jelly on top.


7 Leigha January 11, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Lol! I put the pb on first bc I use one knife. If pb gets in the jelly, it’s no biggie bc it’s refrigerated! But….If jelly gets in the pb and not refrigerated, ugh oh! lol!


8 Ayan Deato January 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm

this is so funny… but yeah why not change it a bit like what your kid said :)


9 Monica January 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

I’ve always put the jelly on first because I use the same butter knife to do both. If I do the peanut butter first, then it is harder to wipe off the PB with a paper towel than it is the jelly. :-)


10 Mel January 21, 2011 at 9:41 am

I always put the peanut butter on first but i usually toast the bread before that ;)


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