Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have been the poor man’s crown jewel for decades. This traditionally decadent culinary art has been the salvation for many starving college students since sliced bread. Crafting such an exquisite delicacy requires prudence and tact, as well as an apt array of materials.
STEP 1: Acquire Materials
The following items can be found at your local department store:
- 1 jar of Jiff’s Creamy Organic Peanut Butter
- 1 jar of Welch’s Grape Jelly
- 1 loaf of Whole-Grain Wonder-bread
- 1 Toaster
- 1 Plate
- 2 Butter knives
First things first, inventory your cabinets/culinary gear to see what materials you already have and which you need to buy. With any luck, the toaster, plate, and butter knives are standard necessities for every kitchen. Maybe you can borrow your roommates gear otherwise. Carefully inventory what you have, and purchase what you have not. Once all of your ingredients are acquired, you are ready for step two.
STEP 2: Prepping The Arts (the Bread)
Lay out your ingredients on the prepping counter in the following order: peanut butter, butter knife, jelly, butter knife, loaf, plate, toaster. Grab the loaf of Wonder-bread. Carefully untwist the twisty tie, placing said twisty tie in between your teeth. Open the bag and remove 3 (yes, three) pieces of bread from the bag. Place the three slices on the plate to your right. Grab the bag and remove the twisty tie from your teeth, fastening shut the bag of Wonder-bread securely. Once securely shut, place the loaf of bread up in the cupboard for future food sculpting. Now let’s move onto the goods.
STEP 3: Prepping the Arts (the Goods)
Now that our bread is ready for arts, we must prepare the “Goods” (also known as spreads). We will start with the peanut-butter. Grab the jar of peanut-butter in your left hand. Holding the jar upright, place your right hand over the cap and firmly grasp. Twist the cap counterclockwise until it can be safely removed and placed on the counter near the plate. Place the now opened jar of peanut-butter back in its place on the prepping counter.
Repeat the previous procedure for the jar of jam.
Now that our materials are prepped and ready for art, we can begin.
STEP 4: The Secret Toasted Slice
Grab one of the wonder-slices and place it in one of the toaster oven slots. Make sure your toaster is plugged into the nearest power source, and toast the piece of bread for two to two and a half minutes. Remove the toasted slice from the toaster and place it on the plate.
STEP 5: Get Jamming
Take the butter-knife nearest to the Jelly and plunge the knife into the jam. Scoop a chunk of jam with the butter-knife and place the scoop on an untoasted slice of bread. Spread the jam with the knife in a smooth motion until the face of the slice is covered entirely. Repeat this step once more to the other slice of bread.
Once both slices are jammed, replace the cap back on the jelly jar, and put it back into storage.
STEP 6: Peanut Butter meets toasted slice.
So now in front of you, you should have two slices of untoasted bread that are covered in jelly and one plain toasted piece.
Take the butter-knife nearest to the peanut-butter and plunge the knife into the spread. Scoop a chunk of peanut-butter with the butter-knife and place the scoop on the toasted slice of bread. Spread the the peanut-butter with the knife in a smooth motion until the face of the slice is covered entirely. Pick up the toasted slice and place it on top of one of the jam-covered slices with the peanut buttered side facing down. Now remove another scoop of peanut-butter with the butter-knife and spread it on the unscathed toasted sliced that you’ve just stacked atop the the jam-slice. Now replace the cap to the peanut-butter jar and place it in storage.
Once the toasted slice is spread (having both of its faces covered in peanut-butter), pick up the final untoasted jam-slice. Place the final slice atop of the other two slices making sure the jelly face is facing down to meet with the peanutbutter that rests atop the stack.
STEP 7: Peanut-Butter-Jelly-Time
Place that sandwich on the plate provided. Throw those knives into the sink for washing. Give thanks to the Lord for your culinary artwork. Stuff your face.