I’m always down to learn a new kitchen hack. Ideally they save time and make the task at hand easier. I don’t need to extol their benefits because I know you know how great a hack can be. But what happens when a hack complicates and requires more time? Is a hack still a hack if it makes you work more?
It’s a modern day philosophical conundrum. And one the internet was forced to mull over this week after the release of a positively confounding clip by the Food Network. The “hack” in question is brought to you by Bev Weidner, a food blogger and Food Network contributor. I must preface: the hack was well-meaning in nature. Weidner wanted a way to simplify sandwich prep, a quick method for preparing a peanut butter sandwich that wouldn’t tear the toast or make a mess. But what emerged had everyone puzzled. What emerged was the peanut butter slice.
Weidner suggests spreading peanut butter across parchment paper, rolling it out flat, and freezing it overnight. The next day, you’re left with a thin slab of peanut butter paste. You can lift it, place it on a slice of bread and sprinkle it with whatever your heart desires (Bev's heart desires honey and chocolate sprinkles).
Spreading peanut butter across bread takes all of six seconds. Weidner’s “innovative peanut butter slice hack” looks like it could take around six…minutes, not to mention the overnight wait. It seemed Weidner had taken a simple wrist movement and expanded it into a process that involved rolling pins and parchment paper. The internet was confused. And rightfully so. The original Instagram post has received over 2,000 comments (in comparison to an average that hovers somewhere around 600) and media outlets began chiming in.
In theory, the peanut butter slice is not a horrible idea. It does sit perfectly on the piece of toast and takes toppings pretty well, like cold, creamy canvas. But it seems like a lot of work for something that was never really too complex to begin with. If it ain’t broke...
What do you think? Would you give this "hack" a chance? Let us know in the comments.