Peanut Butter is a food substance in the form of a spreadable paste that used on sandwiches and in cooking. It is made from ground roasted peanuts. Peanut butter is made by grinding the dry, roasted peanuts between two heated surfaces until the peanuts become a smooth, semi-fluid paste. There are two main varieties of peanut butter available on the market today; these are smooth peanut butter and crunchy peanut butter. Peanut butter is rich in protein and a source of fiber. It is hard to imagine a world where peanut butter didn’t exist. So who is the genius that came up with that tasty treat of peanut butter? Read on to find out.
The invention of Peanut Butter
So many people were involved in the evolution of peanut butter that it is difficult to pinpoint just one individual who invented peanut butter. The first forms of peanut butter can be traced back to the early Aztecs, who use to grid up peanuts into a paste. This peanut paste was not like peanut butter as we know now it as it was difficult to work with and had a slightly bitter taste. George Washington Carver later added ingredients like sugar and molasses to give it a more pleasing taste. Many early records dating back to 1890 suggest a physician may have come up with peanut butter as a way to get more protein into the diet of his patients. In 1895 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his brother W.K. Kellogg created their early version of peanut butter that they called nut butter. In 1903 Dr. Ambrose Straub invented a machine that could grind the peanuts to make peanut butter. This began the commercial production of peanut butter. Joseph L. Rosenfield improved upon this in the 1920’s by inventing a churning process that made the peanut butter smooth.