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November 2017

The Perfect Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich

Peanut Butter

Many individuals dismiss the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich as a relic of childhood. I can see their side of it, we all definitely ate a bunch as a kid. The average American child consumes 1,500 PB&J sandwiches by the time they graduate high school. Some of us never stopped, though. I’m 25 and still eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich almost every single day. I’d say 4 or 5 a week. Peanut butter is a fantastic source of protein and the simplicity with which you can make one of these bad boys is unrivaled. Peanut Butter

There are a couple of disputes within the community, though. The battle lines are often drawn when it comes to Creamy(or smooth) peanut butter vs Crunchy(or chunky). Creamy peanut butter is definitely the more popular of the two. 60% of Americans apparently prefer the smoother softer version; citing its easier spreadability on bread and lickability off spoons.

…And Jelly

The jelly is the other important half of the iconic sandwich. Who even knows the difference between a jam, a jelly, and a preserve? They’re all made of the same stuff, the only difference is the makeup of the fruit when mixed with the sugar. Jam is made with fruit juice, jelly with fruit pulp, and a preserve with basically whole fruit. It comes down to how thin/spreadable you like your J part of the PB&J.

The bread cannot be ignored if we’re to have this discussion in full. It often is, though. I, myself, have not done too much experimentation in this arena. Simple wheat bread had done the trick for me for decades. Some prefer it white or prefer it toasted. At the Local Deli, the Adult PB&J comes on sourdough and it’s honestly delicious. Sourdough is personally never something I’d have thought of for a PB&J option but now I don’t know why I’d try it on anything else. If you’re not in the mood for the old childhood classic, we’ve got plenty of options. Come give one a shot!

Robbin the Reuben

While reading about sandwiches in my free time (we all do that, right?) I came across some interesting information. Apparently, the origin of the Reuben sandwich was under hot debate for a bit, and still may be.

I personally love food, even more, when it’s got a nice history behind it. The rhetoric I’ve heard for years describes the tasty sandwich as a Jewish creation from the streets of New York. Apparently, there exists another claim to the throne.

In This Corner…

This story starts with Arnold Reuben; founder and owner of Reuben’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in The Big Apple. In 1914 one of Charlie Chaplain’s leading ladies strolled into his restaurant asking for a large, custom sandwich. Annette Seelos was so hungry she could “eat a brick.” He made her ham, turkey, swiss, coleslaw, and lots of Reuben’s special Russian dressing on rye.

Elements of a Reuben, sure, but not the real deal. I could see this as a progenitor, and his shop was named “Reuben’s” after all.  Recently, another side came out of Omaha, Nebraska.Reuben

Elizabeth Weil wrote in the New York Times a few years ago telling the story of her grandfather Charles Schimmel. A talented cook for one of his father’s hotels, the clientele trusted him to make up delicious food on the spot pretty often. On one particular poker night in the Blackstone Hotel, Reuben Kulakofsky called upon Schimmel to make snacks for the table. Schimmel delivered corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Russian dressing, and rye to everyone’s delight.

Now, this one sounds like a lot more of a Reuben Sandwich. The other pretty great piece of evidence for the Omaha claim is a copy of the menu from the Plush Horse, a restaurant in the Blackstone. It’s got the sandwich itself on there, whereas there aren’t any menus to back up the New York Claim

Until things get a little bit more official than word of mouth, and we can dig up some specific menus from certain years, it looks like the Omaha claim holds a bit more weight. Who knew the Reuben came from Nebraska? Fortunately, you don’t need a plane ticket to enjoy a quality sandwich, just stop by your Local Deli today!