Why is the Culinary Institute Making 3,500 PB&J Sandwiches?
Local culinary students will be challenged to create thousands of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this week.
No, it's not some sort of finals exam. The students will be taking a break from beef wellington and chocolate mousse to whip up PB&J sandwiches to help out the local community.
This is the third year for the peanut butter and jelly volunteer event. A message on the school's Instagram account invites volunteers to help create the thousands of sandwiches to benefit local food pantries and homeless shelters. The event will take place at The Egg, the newest student dining hall.
Last year all of the sandwiches were donated to eight charitable organizations in Poughkeepsie and Kingston. The students went through 720 pounds of Jif peanut butter, 600 pounds of Smucker’s grape jelly and 350 loaves of Freihofer’s wheat bread.
Even though these are basic peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, the CIA students can't seem to help but show off their culinary techniques. A comment under the post asking for volunteers gives one of the best PB&J cooking tips we've seen, reminding the students to "freeze (the) bread first so the peanut butter doesn’t tear it up when spreading."
With cooking skills like that, these students should have no problem tackling those 3,500 sandwiches on Wednesday.