How Come You Put the Peanut Butter on First?

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. Marni says

    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. :)

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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. :-)

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