The ridiculous peanut butter 'hack' that has millions laughing

Looks so easy!
Looks so easy! Photo: Shutterstock

You know when you read a life hack on the internet, and you think, "How did I ever live without this amazing piece of knowledge?"

Yeah, this isn't that.

The internet has been laughing its collective head off this week after Food Network released its "brilliant peanut butter hack you never knew you needed".

Food Blogger, Bev Weidner.
Food Blogger, Bev Weidner. Photo: Facebook

As it turns out, the reason we never knew we needed it was because it's labour-intensive, takes way too long, and "solves" a problem nobody seems to have.

Poor food blogger Bev Weidner shares the "hack": making peanut butter "slices" by smearing peanut butter onto baking paper, rolling it thin, and then putting it in the freezer overnight, before cutting it into sandwich-sized slices.

In the Facebook video, which has been viewed over 9.6 million times and shared nearly 35,000 times, mum and "sandwich master" Bev describes the problem that is apparently troubling parents everywhere: spreading peanut butter with a knife tears massive holes in your delicate bread.

Does this happen to you? Because I've been spreading peanut butter on sandwiches for about 35 years now, and it's never happened to me.

I'm not the only one who thinks this hack might be a bit hilarious.

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The video has attracted over 11,000 comments, with most of them questioning the need to complicate the simple process of making a peanut butter sandwich.

One commenter said, "Because nothing is easier than spreading peanut butter on wax paper, rolling it flat with a rolling pin, freezing it overnight, then cutting the frozen sheets of peanut butter into bread sized squares and using them to make your honey and peanut butter sandwiches."

Another took issue with how much longer this hack takes than the "problem" it's trying to solve: "The time it took to spread it on wax paper, smooth it with a rolling pin, freeze it and then cut it with scissors, I could have made you 308 peanut butter sandwiches."

And another commenter played out how this might go down in the kitchen. "Child – 'Mama? Can I have a peanut butter sandwich please?' Mum – 'Sure honey, give me a few hours thought. I have to FREEZE THE PEANUT BUTTER.'"

Other commenters went further, adding their own helpful hacks.

"Here's another one they don't tell you: if you want to spread tomato sauce on a pizza but can't without tearing the crust, you can just roll a tomato flat, freeze it, throw it in the trash, call your local pizza place, and order a pizza," wrote one.

There were a handful of supportive comments, though, with some claiming it could be a fun activity to do with the kids. But if I was a betting woman, I'd guess most of us are happy to carry on spreading our peanut butter straight onto the bread.