The Perfect PB&J
I know the weather in Saskatoon has been chilly to say the least, and while it's been relatively warm in Vancouver the stress of school has me thinking about my favourite comfort foods. On that list is the always simple and always yummy peanut butter and jelly sandwich. In the past I’ve shuffled between how I’ve made my PB&J’s; using crunchy or smooth peanut butter, strawberry or raspberry jam, white or whole wheat toast (yes, I put a lot of thought into a 3 ingredient sandwich). I decided to see how everyone else makes their PB&J, so I made an online poll to determine just that. I asked about the style of peanut butter, jam and type of bread. Below are the results, and how to make the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich (according to the internet).
In a close contest, 53% of the internet chose white bread as their base. I’d tend to side with that as well. A good, fluffy white bread makes a soft and smooth sandwich starter. 40% use a whole wheat or brown loaf. In my opinion our own white pan bread is the best bread in the world for a PB&J!
I was a bit shocked by this one. Maybe not by the result (I do love smooth peanut butter), but by the overwhelming agreement of the PB of choice. 78% of internet sandwich makers chose smooth over crunchy. With this we are going with a soft and fluffy PB&J over one that has a bit of crunch.
There were a lot of choices here, but 50% of the internet went with strawberry jam. 28% chose grape and 9% chose raspberry. The rest of the folks were split among fig, apricot, marmalade, and even a red currant jelly. I’ve never been too picky myself when it comes to jam, using whatever is at my disposal.
44% preferred a perfect split of PB to J, 40% liked more peanut butter, and 16% wanted more jelly. I’m in the more peanut butter camp because I like a nice glass of milk to go along with my PB&J.
I don’t do this every time, but if you want to spice up your PB&J, toast the bread before you make your sandwich. The peanut butter melts a bit and softens the inside of the bread while the outside stays warm and crunchy.
Make your PB&J with a hot dog bun! Toast it beforehand and make it. It may just be a nostalgic thing for me, my dad and I used to eat these all the time whenever we’d have hot dogs the night before.
And that’s how to make the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich, according to the internet! What’s your favourite way? Do you use smooth or crunchy peanut butter? Strawberry or raspberry jam? Do you use a different bread or even something else like a croissant? Let us know!