Today we celebrate Peanut Butter Day. Peanut Butter is a staple in many homes. The sometimes creamy, sometimes crunchy spread can be used with everything from cooking to baking. Most commonly though, is its used on quick sandwiches. Nothing hits the spot right like peanut butter and syrup sarmie.
In fact, the peanut based product is so popular that the average person consumes just over three kilograms of peanut products every year. This makes peanut butter one of the most popular products in the world.
Peanut butter was invented in the late 1800’s by snack maker George Bayle. Manufacturers struggled to perfect the production of peanut butter because the oil kept separating from the solids. It wasn’t until 1923 when Heinz became the first company to homogenize the peanuts into the spreadable butter we know today.
Did you know?
Here are a few quirky facts about peanuts and peanut butter to celebrate National Peanut Butter Day:
- It takes around 550 peanuts to make little over 300g of peanut butter.
- Peanuts are naturally cholesterol free and an excellent source of protein.
- The high protein content of peanuts is actually what causes peanut butter to stick to the roof of your mouth.
- The average peanut farm is around 40 hectares.
- Almost half of the world’s most popular snack bars contain peanuts or peanut butter.
- US presidents Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter, were peanut farmers.
- There are six cities in the USA named Peanut. They are: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Tennessee, and Peanut, West Virginia.
- Professional cookie baking companies can use upwards of 100 000 kilograms of peanuts and peanut butter every week.
- The average child will eat over 1 000 peanut butter sandwiches before the end of their schooling career.
5 Minute Homemade Peanut Butter
- 2 cups dry roasted peanuts
- 1-2 tablespoons honey or sugar
- Additional salt to taste
- Place peanuts in a food processor.
- Turn the food processor on and let it run for 4-5 minutes.
- During this time, you’ll see the peanuts go in stages from crumbs to a dry ball to a smooth and creamy “liquid” peanut butter.
- Stir in the sugar, honey, or salt, if you want.
- Store in the fridge.