HAPPY NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER DAY!
Are you so excited to celebrate today?
Actually it was yesterday, but if you missed it, please take the opportunity to celebrate today!
Peanut butter is actually one of my very favorite foods in all the world. I have eaten a peanut butter sandwich every single day for most of my life.
I started out in the world as a picky eater and I’m sure my mom was thrilled when it was discovered that I liked something so full of protein. I was a scrawny little kid and she always worried I didn’t eat enough. Knowing I liked peanut butter she put it between two slices of bread pretty thick, and it’s still the way I like it.
But you know peanut butter is delicious so many ways – on bananas, in ice cream, as a cookie, made into a sauce, with jelly, honey, Nutella, or with just a spoon.
I prefer creamy, but don’t hate crunchy. There’s a place for both in the world.
Apparently the Aztecs and Incas loved their peanut butter, too, but it was more of a paste. After people got over the idea that peanuts were just for animals in the 1880s, it became more popular in our culture.
Check this out from the National Day Calendar website:
We can thank four men for the inventions and processes that bring us the creamy, smooth peanut butter we enjoy today: Marcus Gilmore Edson of Canada, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, and chemist Joseph Rosefield.
In 1884, Edson developed a process to make peanut paste from milling roasted peanuts between two heated plates. The famous cereal maker and health food specialist of the time, Kellogg, patented a process with raw peanuts in 1895. Dr. Straub is responsible for patenting a peanut butter making machine in 1903.
Peanut butter was introduced to audiences at the 1904 Universal Exposition in St. Louis at C.H. Sumner’s concession stand.
But the man who brought us the peanut butter we know and love today was Joseph Rosefield. In 1922, through homogenization, Rosefield was able to keep peanut oil from separating from the peanut solids. He later sold the patent to a company that began making Peter Pan peanut butter. Rosefield then went into business for himself selling Skippy peanut butter through Rosefield Packing. He also supplied peanut butter for military rations during World War II.
Pretty cool, right?
I feel terrible for those who can’t eat it – I wish you could!
Here are a few of my favorite peanut butter recipes (besides a classic peanut butter sandwich):
No Bake Peanut Butter Cups– So good and pretty easy to make!
No Bake Peanut Butter Pie – I had this for my birthday.
And here’s one I want to try:
Peanut Butter Banana Chickpea Shake – No really, I think this could be really terrific!
So, what is your favorite way to love on peanut butter? Share a favorite recipe!