Wednesday, April 1, 2009

How I "Punk" My Kids Twice A Loaf

My kids are crust-haters.

Gagging sounds are heard 'round the world if I so much as leave one brown shred on the edge of their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

But, crust-free, it's their favorite lunch.

So, everyday, I make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches out of our favorite bread. (If you have never tasted this bread - and you like/can eat nuts - it is heavenly. And, I think it's got stuff in it that's good for you and such.)

The problem is this. Sitting at either end (of any loaf of bread) is one of these. Basically crust. All crust.

Gagging sounds don't even begin to describe my boys' response if they spot one of these.

Devil's food. That's what it is to my crust-haters.

So, I was throwing away two pieces of "Devil's food" a couple times a week.

Tangent Alert: I suppose I should be making bread crumbs or finding some other worthy use for them, but that would require organization and forethought. I lack both most days.

But, I throw them away no longer. I have found the perfect use for the end slices.

I gather together what we need for our peanut butter and jelly lunch, and begin making sandwiches. When I open a new loaf, or come to the end of one, I use one end slice and one regular slice.

I spread the peanut butter on the "Devil's side" of the end slice.

And, spread jelly on the regular slice.

Then I flip the peanut butter side over and put them together. And, it looks like my boys' normal, everyday peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Of course, I cut off the crusts - because a good Momma would NEVER feed her crust-hating boys a peanut butter and jelly with crust on it. Nope. Never.

Speaking of my little victims, here are my crust-haters. Lovin' life with Momma's slick version of their favorite sandwich.

And with that response, I continue to "punk" my little sweeties.

Twice a loaf.

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  1. its the ONLY way i can get rid of the end pieces of a bread loaf.

    i am waiting for the day one of them figures out that trick but so far so good :o)

  2. It works every time. I was glad to have Alfred around all last spring and summer as he ate our end pieces and loved them.

  3. i've tried it several times and they figure it out every time. little stinkers. :)

  4. it! I try to do this, but my kids don't eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches like regular people. They tear each piece apart so they have several mini open face sandwiches. This means, alas, that they always discover the end pieces (i.e. devil's food). I'm thinking of inventing a bread crust shaver.

  5. Very Creative! Thanks for the idea.

  6. I do the exact same thing. Nathan would eat it regardless, but Isaac rejects the crust unless it's a grilled cheese.

  7. Very sneaky but clever! I'll need to give that a try!

  8. you are sneaky =) i can't believe they haven't caught on.

  9. Oooh! You're tricky!!

    I do the same thing! It works every time!

  10. genius! i have regretfully thrown away so many ends.

  11. What a good idea! Why didn't I think of that?

  12. this is our favorite bread too!
    2 loaves a week, girl!

  13. I loved this! And what a great idea!

  14. OK--that is classic. I love it! I am gonna do that one on my husband!

  15. Sarah that is INGENIOUS! Love this idea -- thank you for sharing it.

  16. Thanks for giving a new idea for Break Fast!
    I Buy Barbeques

  17. Great idea! We have the crust issues too. I will give this a try!

  18. This is too cute, lol...thanks for sharing.

  19. Love the idea, but don't know that I'd use it on my daughter. Hey, I'm an adult and I don't even want to eat the end crust slice. I do take the crust slices and make bread crumbs though so we aren't wasting them.

  20. Very sneaky!

    I toss mine in a big ole freezer bag and when it gets full I toss them in the food processor for breadcrumbs.


  21. Very clever!

    As for the crusts you do cut off, my mom used to stick them in a bag in the freezer and then make bread pudding. Traces of PBJ just add to its flavor! :-)

  22. My jaw dropped when I read your tip! SO simple, yet so...devious!