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Ovation: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day.

04/02/2014

For a time when I was in high school, I took a turn packing lunches for my siblings and I to carry to school.  After our mother did the grocery shopping, I would form a little assembly line the evening before my lunches were due and work methodically to be certain that every lunch was packed exactly the same.

I would start by writing each of our names on the side of a brown paper bag and then drop in the heaviest lunch item for the day … an apple, a banana, a pudding cup or, if we were lucky, a Little Debbie brownie.  We were allowed a handful of chips each day but, back then, it was much too costly to purchase individually packaged Doritos or Ruffles so I would carefully fill plastic sandwich bags with as many chips as I could without breaking them.

Next came the sandwich.  I didn’t like to make anything with too many ingredients or that contained mayonnaise.  Those brown paper bags didn’t keep things cold until lunch time like the fancy coolers that kids carry to school today, so something like tuna salad was a risky venture to say the least, so I preferred to make PB&J.  I always used concord grape jelly and crunchy peanut butter.  My technique was always the same … jelly first, wiping the knife clean on the last piece of bread before inserting it into the peanut butter jar, and cutting all sandwiches diagonally “with love” before carefully inserting them into sandwich bags and gently placing them on top of the contents of each brown bag.

Today is National Peanut Butter And Jelly Day!  Celebrate accordingly!

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7 Comments
  1. Lene permalink

    Nothing tastes better than a pbj on fresh bread. I’m going to go make one now.

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  2. Rick permalink

    I like my PB&J whipped together in a bowl before it’s spread on a sandwich. I am not a fan of the jelly on one side PB on the other……

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    • What?! I’ve never heard of such a thing?

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      • Rick permalink

        That is the way Grandmother made them. Jelly to PB ratio could be adjusted….I was a heavier Jelly to PB guy, but now a lean a little more toward more PB and less Jelly. My favorite treat when I would arrive home from school every day.

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  3. thedogs'mother permalink

    Eldest went thru a phase where he would only eat cold pasta, oil and vinegar and Parmesan cheese. I made them at night as the smell was too strong in the morning. Today (he is 28) I would probably get reported to the school and in trouble. Interestingly he is the healthiest eater of the bunch now and an accomplished cook. Even asks for kitchen ware for Christmas.
    (hot pepper jelly is the best…)

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  4. I’m a jelly, knife wipe and then peanut butterer too.

    Been thinking about peanut butter and marshmallow cream recently. Think there’s about to be a phase.

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