Because necessity is the mother of invention, parents have created some pretty awesome DIY hacks. This year alone, we’ve seen the diaper bag hack, the diaper pail hack and a super simple hack for bottle storage. So when we heard about a hack for making the world’s easiest-to-make sandwich even easier, our interest was definitely piqued. How can you streamline the process of packing your kids a PB&J?
Well, you can’t. This viral Food Network video is getting trolled—hard—by parents for adding like, eight additional steps to spreading peanut butter.
1. Spread block of peanut butter across parchment paper
2. Fold remaining parchment paper over peanut butter
3. Use a rolling pin to roll the peanut butter flat
4. Place it in the freezer
5. Use kitchen shears to cut your parchment-lined frozen peanut butter into squares
6. Remove parchment paper
7. Place the peanut butter slices you’ve created on bread
8. Drizzle honey over the peanut butter
9. Add chocolate sprinkles
To be fair, the intention of this process, created by food blogger Bev Weidner, is to a) not rip the bread and b) have peanut butter slices ready to plop on a sandwich in the morning. While it’s a cool idea, parents are in agreement: this is not a hack.
Every subsequent Facebook comment is better than the last.
"I can’t be the only one that doesn't have an issue spreading peanut butter."
“Or you could simply spread the peanut butter on the bread with a butter knife like our heathen ancestors of old.”
“I hate all the prep work of cooking. All that time it takes to fill your pot with water so you can cook your pasta. Now I boil my water in advance, put it in an ice cream bucket , throw it in the freezer, and anytime I need boiled water I just grab it, wait for it to thaw, pour it in my pot and boil it again. It saves absolutely no time, but by creating this hack I feel like I have knowledge in the kitchen.”
“Love this...since having kids I had to quit my job due to the amount of time I needed to spread peanut butter each day...maybe now I can go back to work part-time!”
"She was worried about a mess with the peanut butter and then gave an open-faced honey sandwich to a 3-year-old."
"I made this recipe, it was great. I cut out a few steps though and just spread the peanut butter DIRECTLY ON THE BREAD. Life changing!"
If you're looking for some real meal prep hacks, check out our 12 make-ahead freezer meals.