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National Peanut Butter Day (January 24)

Check out the weird holiday National Peanut Butter Day on January 24. Learn the history of peanut butter, and get ideas on how to celebrate.

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History of National Peanut Butter Day

We’re not exactly sure why this day was chosen to be a day celebrating peanut butter.

Peanut butter was first made by the Aztecs and Incas around 1000 BC. It wasn’t very creamy, but it was instead more like a paste. IT also wasn’t sweetened.

In more mordern times, peanuts were considered animal feed until the late 19th century. Once it was seen as someone for people to eat, peanut butter became more widely used.

Legend has it that a resident of New York, Rose Davis, began making peanut butter in the 18040s from her home after hearing about it from her son, who had heard that it was being made in Cuba when he visited there.

Another person credited with inventing peanut butter is George Washington Carver, although he didn’t actually invent it. He is, however, credited with more than 300 uses of peanuts and is often called “the father of the peanut industry.”

In 1884 in Canada, Marcus Gilmore Edson developed a process that made peanut paste from roasted peanuts but grinding them between two heated plates. He called it “peanut candy.”

A decade later in 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg applied for a patent that performed the same method as Edson’s machine, but only using raw peanuts. This was called “Nut Meal,” or “Nut Butter.”

The first recipe for a peanut butter and jelly sandwch was published in 1901 in the Magazine of Culinary Science and Domestic Economics at the Boston Cooking School by Julia Davis Chandler.

The first machine to make peanut butter was invented in 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri by Dr. Ambrose Straub. The following year, it was sold by George Bayle at the 1904 Universal Exposition in C.H. Sumner’s concession stand in St. Louis.

Finally, 1922, Joseph Rosefield created the process that kept the peanut oil from separating from solid bits of peanuts using homogenization. He then sold that patent to the company that developed Peter Pan peanut butter. Then he decided to start his own business called Rosefield Packing and sold Skippy peanut butter.

During World War II, Rosefield supplied peanut butter to the military for rations. Skippy peanut butter is the second most popular brand, behind Jif. The third most popular is Peter Pan.

Nearly 72% of poeple prefer smooth peanut butter over chunky. 35% of men prefer chunky, but only 28% women will choose it over smooth.

In the United States, a product can’t be called “peanut butter” unless it contains at least 90% peanuts. This prevents manufacturers from filling it with less expensive ingredients.

Both Thomas Jefferson of Virginia (US president from 1801-1809) and James Carter of Georgia (US president from 1977-1981) were peanut farmers.

Ideas for National Peanut Butter Day

You may want to have your kids play with edible peanut-butter playdough today to celebrate!

A simple way to celebrate is by eating homemade peanut butter on toast or crackers, or even dipping things in peanut butter. But if you want to try out the delicious peanut butter recipes below, make sure you first read all about how to cook with peanut butter.

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