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The Better Way To Make Peanut Butter And Jelly

02/07/2014 06:47 am ET | Updated Feb 08, 2015
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If you're reading this, we're willing to bet that at this point in your life you've eaten a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. More sandwiches than you can probably even understand -- like, 1,500 sandwiches more (that's how many the average American eats by the time they graduate high school). Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches go hand-in-hand with childhood, and for most of us they're a staple in our adult life too. (That's because it's one damn fine sandwich.)

All that's to say that you've most likely made enough peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in your lifetime to feel like you've got it down pat, right? You could probably make a PB&J with your eyes closed.

Well, we're about to shake your peanut-butter-and-jelly world and tell you that, in fact, you've been making your PB&Js all wrong. All those soggy sandwiches you've suffered through were for naught. Because there's a right way to make peanut butter and jelly, one that will reward you with a perfect sandwich every time. Are you guys ready for this?

Spread peanut butter on both slices of the bread. Then add the jelly on top. The peanut butter acts as a sealer for the bread, keeping the moisture of the jelly from making it soggy. Ta-da! Perfect peanut butter and jelly will be yours forever more.

If jelly leaking out the sides is a constant problem for you, we have a fix for that too. Make a tiny, but sturdy, wall of peanut butter around the sides of the bread and spread the jelly within the wall. This is known as a jelly pocket, and it has revolutionized PB&Js.

Now, if you really want to get serious about your PB&J making skills, try starting off with a layer of butter. You won't regret it.

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