January 24th is National Peanut Butter Day.
Peanuts have been used in stews and sauces in Africa since the 15th century. The Chinese created creamy peanut sauces for centuries.
In 1890, a St. Louis physician convinced George A. Bayle Jr. to make and sell a peanut paste as a protein substitute for people with poor teeth. Bayle sold this peanut paste out of barrels. In 1895, the Kellogg brothers patented a process for making peanut butter with steamed peanuts (not roasted peanuts).
Krema Products Company in Columbus, Ohio began selling peanut butter in 1908 and it is the second oldest peanut butter company still in operation today. The first is the Australian Sanitarium Health Food Company.
Peanut Butter Trivia*
- It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
- By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90% peanuts.
- The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
- Peanut butter is consumed in 90% of USA households.
- Women and children prefer creamy, while most men favor chunky.
- People living on the East Coast prefer creamy peanut butter, while those on the West Coast prefer crunchy.
- Archibutyrophobia (A’-ra-kid-bu-ti-ro-pho-bi-a) is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
Try this Peanutty concoction.
Peanutty Chicken Piccata
serves 3, from PeanutButterLovers.com
6 ounces spinach, trimmed, cooked and drained
2 tablespoons chicken broth
2 4-ounce chicken breasts, boned
4 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1/2 cup fat free egg substitute
2 teaspoons butter
4 tablespoons peanuts
4 tablespoons white wine
3 teaspoons lemon juice
2 baked potatoes
Mix chicken broth into hot spinach. Set aside.
Flatten chicken breasts, coat with flour; shake off excess. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Dip each chicken breast in egg substitute and saut 2 to 2 1/2 minutes on each side. Keep warm. Discard oil. Melt butter in same skillet over medium heat. Add peanuts. Cook and stir until lightly browned. Add wine, cook 1 minute. Add chicken, reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes. Sprinkle with lemon juice. Arrange spinach on serving plate. Top with chicken breast and sauce. Serve with baked potato.
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*From the National Peanut Board