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When is Peanut Butter Day?

It's National Peanut Butter Day on January 24. There is a national day dedicated to this sticky and delicious dish because it is so popular.

Around 1000 BC, the Incas and Aztecs produced the first peanut butter, which was far less creamy and more of a paste than what we know today.

What is peanut butter?

Ground, dry-roasted peanuts are used to make peanut butter, a paste or spread. To change the flavor of the peanuts, you can grind them by themselves or in combination with other ingredients.

The most often used additional ingredients are sugar, salt, and various emulsifiers. Almond butter and cashew butter both have a similar texture to peanut butter.

To make peanut butter smooth and creamy, oil is frequently added. The flavor will become sweeter when honey, sugar, or other sweeteners are added.

A variety of recipes, including bars, savory dishes, and the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich, call for peanut butter. For Halloween, you could even prepare a ghostie sandwich.

Who invented peanut butter?

There is proof that the Inca Indians of ancient South America were the first people to grind peanuts to make peanut butter. In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the well-known cereal manufacturer, created a peanut butter substitute in the United States.

Then, it's thought that a doctor in St. Louis created a peanut butter substitute to help his elderly patients who couldn't chew meat due to dental problems. In 1904, peanut butter made its debut at the World's Fair in St. Louis.

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During World Wars I and II, rations for the armed forces included peanuts and peanut butter on a regular basis. It's thought that the peanut butter and jelly sandwich gained popularity as a World War II maneuver food.

History of National Peanut Butter Day

When it comes to food history, peanut butter is a culinary delight that most people believe was invented relatively recently. That might not be precisely the case, though.

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It has only been a little more than a century since peanut butter became popular as it does today. However, there's evidence that suggests the Inca and Aztec peoples of antiquity may have been pulverizing peanuts hundreds or even thousands of years ago into a paste.

In the context of the modern world, peanut butter was introduced sometime in the late 1800s through the United States. According to some theories, peanut butter most likely originated in a person's home kitchen, just like many other foods. A widely accepted theory states that sometime in the 1840s, a woman by the name of Rose Davis began producing peanut butter in New York. Her son, who had heard about a comparable product being made at the time in Cuba, gave her the idea.

Although George Washington Carver is regarded as the founder of the peanut industry and is credited with over 300 uses for peanuts, Carver did not invent peanut butter, despite the fact that many people attribute this to him.

At least three more people contributed to the development of contemporary peanut butter and its manufacturing methods. Actually, "peanut paste" was first patented by Canadian Marcellus Edson in 1884; however, at that time, it was made from roasted peanuts. The renowned cereal manufacturer Kellogg's, led by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, filed a patent application in 1895 for a method of making peanut butter from raw peanuts, which was later known as "nut meal." Then, in 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub of St. Louis, Missouri, received a patent for a machine that made peanut butter.

Regarding National Peanut Butter Day, it appears that this fortunate event was established many years ago to enable fans of peanut butter to commemorate the invention of this delicious treat. And the entire point of the day is to celebrate!

Peanut Butter Day Importance

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Every Occasion Is Perfect for Peanut Butter

Peanut butter has many uses. To mention a few uses, you can spread it on something, bake it, combine it with noodles, coat meat with it, or make a delectable sauce. There are countless options, really.

Peanut Butter Can Support Your Dietary Goals

Peanut butter is a highly filling food, despite having a significant fat content. As a result, it helps dieters withstand the impulse to mindlessly snack by keeping them fuller for longer. In a study, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard found that individuals who consumed moderate-fat foods, such as peanut butter, were able to maintain their weight loss longer than those who followed a low-fat diet. Is that a good thing?

The Planet Benefits from Peanut Butter

Every time you have a PB&J for lunch rather than a red meat meal, such as a ham sandwich or burger, you are reducing your greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 3.5 pounds. For every peanut butter and jelly lunch, you can also save 24 square feet of land and 133 gallons of water. Green living has never tasted better!

How to Celebrate National Peanut Butter Day

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, have peanut butter.

Try to incorporate peanut butter into every meal you eat today as a fun challenge. For breakfast, you could have peanut butter on a bagel. For lunch, you could make a salad dressing with peanut butter. For dinner, you could have Thai peanut curry, which frequently has peanut butter as an ingredient!

Have a Party with Peanut Butter

Of course, there are pizza-themed parties, but why not indulge in a little nostalgia for your childhood favorites, whether they were crunchy or smooth? Plus, it's a great party idea for kids!

Get Something Nutcracker for Your Sweetie

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Presents are always nice, but even better are unexpected gifts given on special occasions! Give them a gift that says you noticed if one of their favorite foods is peanut butter!

Try These New Recipes Using Peanut Butter

In honor of National Peanut Butter Day, families and friends should get together and make delectable peanut butter recipes, such as cakes, cookies, and sauces. Of course, you can eat these at home, but some people would rather make a picnic of it. Using peanut butter in creative ways in the kitchen can be a lot of fun, regardless of how it is consumed!

Try out some of these ideas for creating peanut butter dishes:

* Stir-fried Crispy Tofu over Cauliflower Rice. This delicious Asian-inspired dish, which is also vegan (excellent for the environment and health), bakes and pan-fries tofu cubes before tossing them in a peanut butter marinade sauce.

* Peanut soup from Africa. This peanut soup is delicious and incredibly nutritious, as it is packed with chicken and other vegetables in addition to sweet potatoes.

* Frozen Yogurt with Peanut Butter. This recipe is really simple to make; all you need to do is combine peanut butter, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and premade yogurt. Put the bite-sized dollups on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, then freeze (or turn them into popsicles). A delightful summer snack that's perfect for both kids and adults!

* Ice cream with peanut butter and jelly. In reference to frozen desserts, how about creating one using the delicious components of this traditional American sandwich? It tastes amazing when sweet and salty are combined, especially with crunchy peanut butter!

Facts about Peanut Butter Day

* A businessman by the name of George Bayle began selling peanut butter at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, marking the official introduction of peanut butter to the world. However, it still required some time to become well-known.

* A peanut butter and jelly sandwich recipe was first written down in 1901. Julia Davis Chandler wrote it, and the Boston Cooking School Magazine published it.

* A product cannot be called "peanut butter" in the US unless at least 90% of its ingredients are peanuts. This regulation prevents the producers from adding extra ingredients to the mixture.

* The United States of America has elected two distinct peanut farmers to serve as its president. Among them are Jimmy Carter of Georgia (who served as president from 1977 to 1981) and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia (1801–1809). But since peanut butter hadn't been invented when Jefferson was president, it's unlikely that the peanuts raised on his plantations were used to make this delectable confection.

* The Incas and Aztecs created the first peanut butter spreads around 1000 BC. Compared to our beloved peanut butter, this paste was not as creamy at first.

* George Washington Carver demonstrated to us more than 300 uses for peanuts, including the production of peanut butter.

* Marcus Gilmore Edson was the father of peanut butter invention.

* In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub received a patent for a machine that made peanut butter. At the Universal Exposition in St. Louis in 1904, peanuts were first introduced to Americans.

* It takes roughly 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter!

* Women and kids prefer smooth peanut butter, but men like chunky kind.

* The Guinness Book of World Records holds a record for the most peanut butter and jelly sandwiches consumed in a single minute. Patrick Bertoleti's six sandwiches from 2012 set the record.

* The annual expenditure of Americans on peanut butter exceeds $800 million.

* Claire was shown in one of the Lost episodes eating an imaginary jar of peanut butter.

* A peanut farm typically occupies 200 acres.

Two Peanut Farmers, Jimmy Carter of Georgia and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, were elected as the United States president.

* A peanut butter and banana sandwich was one of Bill Clinton's favorites.

* About 230,000 pounds of peanut butter are used weekly by bakers during Girl Scout Cookie Season to make Tagalongs and Do-si-dos.

* Like potatoes, peanuts grow underground.

* The original purpose of peanut butter was to aid those without teeth!

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* The amount of peanut butter consumed annually by Americans is enough to fill the Grand Canyon.

* Vitamin B6, E, niacin, calcium, potassium, and iron are all present in good amounts in peanut butter.

* A large number of eateries and retail establishments in Illinois and Los Angeles specialize in selling peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or PBJs. In a 2019 Peanut Butter & Co. survey, the majority of respondents said they preferred smooth peanut butter, while 29% loved chunky varieties and 20% would happily dig into Men tended to prefer the crunchy ones, while women and kids were more likely to choose the creamy ones.

* After the army tried peanut butter and jelly, the combination went viral. Not even astronauts leave Earth without bringing along their fair share of peanut butter and jelly. Because there is no gravity, the peanut butter and jelly jars are taped with velcro tapes, and tortillas are used in place of bread slices.

* The Buckwheat Boyz's "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" jingle, which was released in 2002, went viral online and was referenced in shows like Family Guy and Fortnite.

* Peanut butter keeps you full because it contains good fats. Additionally, Brigham's research at Harvard found that choosing foods like peanut butter that have a moderate amount of fat can help you stay on your diet.

More peanut butter days of the year

* November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month

* Peanut Butter Day Lover’s Day is celebrated on January 24.

* Peanut Butter and Jelly day gets recognition on April 2.

* Peanut Butter Cookie Day is honored on June 12.

* Peanut Butter and Chocolate day is celebrated on July 23.

* We celebrate Peanut Butter Fudge Day on November 20.

* And if that isn’t enough, peanut day is September 13 and peanut month is every March.

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