Making A Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich

From Dwayne Wright - Certified FileMaker 9 Developer
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Recently, a job that I was being considered for asked me to document the process of creating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in two pages or less. I thought this was quite fun and got into it totally. So I thought I would share it with you here.

By the way, I used the start speaking feature in the Macintosh OS to speak my document to me for editing purposes. I thought this was kind of fun and included it here as well.

Here is the link to the audio file ... (best to right click and download)

The process of making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can be described in short, ruthlessly simple detail or in depth covering all possible materials and process options. Since it is likely the audience of this document will fall equally into both camps, lets take due diligence to document both and let the reader choose which to focus upon.

FYI ... before making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, make sure you are not allergic to peanuts!


Given that you have the essential materials of peanut butter, jelly, bread (2 pre-cut slices) and an application tool (knife), here is a three step process for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Step 1: With an application tool (knife) evenly apply peanut butter to one side of one piece of bread and evenly apply jelly to one side of the other piece of bread.

Step 2: Adhere both pieces of bread by placing the applied peanut butter side of bread to the applied jelly side of the other piece of bread.

Step 3: There is no step three.

Optional: Read steps 1 through 3 in a voice that mimics Jeff Goldbloom.

As mentioned above, the general instructions for making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich are quite simple. There are variations in the process that can better match your particular needs. I will assume that you are familiar with common tasks such as opening jars, applying a spread to a piece of bread and common clean up practices for cleaning kitchen utensils.

Choosing A Bread: There are many options of bread to choose to make your sandwich and you can even choose to bake your own bread. This may seem to be a bit of overkill for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich but one persons overkill can the another persons mandatory step. The type of bread you choose can be determined by your personal preference, the amount of applied peanut butter & jelly and the type of peanut butter & jelly you decide to apply. It is also a viable option to choose a bagel or croissant for your peanut butter and jelly experience.

For example, a very thinly sliced bread can be a great choice if you are going to sparingly apply your peanut butter & jelly. A thicker set of sliced homemade bread can be a great option if you are going to generously apply the peanut butter, the jelly or both. The main goal is that you do not want the taste of the bread to overpower the taste of your peanut butter & jelly.

Choosing Your Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is available in smooth, chunky, natural, homemade, reduced-fat and even swirled with jelly. It is also possible that you are using room temperature peanut butter or refrigerated peanut butter. Homemade peanut butter has to be refrigerated in order to retain freshness for any extended amount of time. Refrigerated peanut butter can be more difficult to apply to untoasted bread and the peanut butter may need to be warmed slightly before applying.

Choosing Your Jelly: When we are talking about jelly, we are basically talking about fruit preserves (commonly known as jelly, jam or marmalade). There is a dizzying array of choices here and your choice will likely influence the bread (type, thickness & toasting) and peanut butter used.

Choosing The Preparation Of Your Bread: Personally, I always prefer my sandwich bread toasted and this is particularly true for my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Some of the best things about making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, is that it is fast, simple and almost always tasty. You can stay with the basics or mix it up to your hearts delight. If you are looking for something a little bit different, try the Elvis Presley's Grilled Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich. Here is a link ...

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