The Peanut Butter Spreading Hack These Celebrity Chefs Can Agree On

It may be hard to think that peanut butter and celebrity chefs have anything in common. After all, the existence of the delicious, yet humble peanut butter and jelly sandwich can easily make peanut butter seem like a fairly pedestrian ingredient that has no place in kitchens of a certain quality. Surely, the Gordon Ramsays and Heston Blumenthals of this world are more comfortable, respectively, screaming at people and creating madcap molecular fusion dishes than figuring out new uses for Jif or Skippy.

Of course, that line of thought is somewhat underselling the ingredient. Peanut butter is a wonderful thing, and there are all sorts of interesting ways you may not have thought to use it. As such, it's not out of the realm of possibility that famous chefs appreciate it, and even share the occasional tip for using it. In fact, just recently, a peanut butter spreading hack emerged that not only one, but two celebrity chefs fully agree on.

Alton Brown and Alex Guarnaschelli agree: You should spread your peanut butter with the back of the spoon

As with any other food, taste and texture are important when it comes to peanut butter. However, being a paste, the nutty delicacy comes with a third key property: spreadability. It takes a brave soul to bite into a PB&J that is filled with uneven dollops of peanut butter that are just waiting to function as chutes for the jelly to escape its doughy prison and drip onto your chest. 

Luckily, Alton Brown recently took to Twitter with an apparent mission to make sure that no one has to endure such an experience. "#CulinaryTruth: When it comes to spreading peanut butter on bread, the back of a spoon is better than a butter knife," he tweeted

Fellow celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli soon agreed with the back-of-the-spoon tactic. She retweeted Brown's hot tip, with a message of her own: "Concur 100 percent."  

While the spoon trick might not be what you'd call a groundbreaking kitchen technique, the knife is such a classic utensil for spreading that using its superior, curved cousin may simply not occur to many people. So, the next time you spot a family member trying to spread peanut butter with a knife, you can quote multiple famous chefs in order to prove them wrong.