Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Seriously, What is the Deal with Crust?

Posted by 5 years ago 12 Comments


  • Raw Almond Butter and Jelly on Whole Grain
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Leftover Cooked Broccoli
  • Fresh Cantaloupe
  • Water
  • Snack: Popcorn

What Came Home?

School Lunch Ideas


I’m one of those moms who never cuts the crust off sandwiches. My theory: if you never cut it off it wouldn’t be an issue becuase they wouldn’t know any better.

Well, I was wrong.

Spontaneously, my 7 year old has declared his hate of crusts even though he’s been eating grilled cheese and PB&J with crusts since, ummm, oh I don’t know, age ONE.

It’s not that big of a deal. He rarely even eats sandwiches. I just hate waste and it bugs me when people don’t like things for picky reasons. If you don’t like oranges, ok, you don’t like an orange, I get it, but CRUST? It’s bread. The same bread your eating on the rest of the sandwich. Suck it up and eat it.

Ok, not sure where that came from but I feel better now that I got it off my chest. Apparently I have some pretty strong feelings about crust eating!

In all honestly, it wasn’t that big of a deal. He ate a great lunch!

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    September 13, 2012

    I guarantee you that the boys at the table were taking the crust off their sandwiches and Ryan didnt want to be left out in the fun... lol

    Jack Sh*t

    September 13, 2012

    Okay, I'm just spitballing here: maybe make a sandwich that's nothing but crust. Or maybe hot glue the crust to a candy bar. Or tell him that the crust provide magical powers. Okay... WHAT'S THE NEXT PROBLEM!

    Krista S.

    September 13, 2012

    I'm 40 years old and still pick the crust off of most breads. I just hate it. It's dry and has a bitter flavor to me.


    September 13, 2012

    I bet you that he saw other kids not eating crusts and decided he didn't like them either. I wasn't a big fan as a kid b/c they were dry but we didn't really have a choice.


    September 13, 2012

    its definately crazy. But I used to find that with my daycare kiddos, if I bought the "buttertop" or similar type bread, the crust is not as dark and thin. Fools them a bit. Now I make all our bread from scratch and I use a rectangle pan that has a lid on it. My bread comes out perfectly square and NO CRUST to be seen :o)

    Holly W

    September 13, 2012

    I was a hard core 'leave the crust on' kind of person until I realized that my kids eat more sandwich if I trim off the edges. My trimming is like 1/16 of an inch off the bread. They leave a good full inch of bread with the crust.


    September 14, 2012

    I have to tell that the country I live in (In North Europe) I have never seen anybody leaving the crust. I guess it really is what you are used to. If you haven't ever seen the crust cut off you don't even realize to think about it.


    September 14, 2012

    I always hated crusts as a kid, especially on the firmer whole grain breads, because they hurt my mouth. Maybe I have a tender mouth, but to this day, if I eat crusts or very crispy snacks or cereal, I end up with a sore mouth.


    September 14, 2012

    my son has ALWAYS not eaten the crusts---*sigh* i leave them on there and he just refuses to eat them--he's 17 now--and I guess he's made it this far with no crusts, I guess he'll keep going on that way LOL


    September 14, 2012

    I think it's a texture thing for some people. We fight over the heel on bread loaves in my family but we're unusual anyway. :) We can work so hard as parents to ensure our kids eat healthy and balanced meals but all it takes is that one kid showing up for lunch with ding dong and dorritos and it's all over... sigh.


    September 14, 2012

    Yeah, I don't get the not liking the crust part either. It's stil bread! :)


    September 14, 2012

    Before having kids I swore I would not cut crusts off for my kids because it is wasteful. Then my otherwise-not-picky at all son came along and did not like crusts. I have found the same thing as another poster--that I can trim a fraction of the sandwich instead of my kids leaving a full inch of crust. I don't think it is a big deal since they are very good eaters and there are a lot of cute sandwich cutters out there that make lunch fun!