20 Yummy Things Grand Junction Loves To Do With Peanut Butter
Which do you think has been around longer - the state of Colorado or peanut butter?
If you are like me you probably would have thought peanut butter had been around a lot longer than the state of Colorado - but, that isn't the case.
The History of Peanut Butter
Peanut butter in the United States goes back to 1884 - eight years after Colorado became a state. That was the year Marcellus Gilmore Edson obtained a patent for a method of producing peanut butter from roasted peanuts using heated surfaces. Several years later, John Harvey Kellogg - the famous cereal guy - got a patent for producing peanut butter by boiling the peanuts rather than roasting them.
Initially, peanut butter was paired with foods like crackers, celery, pimento,and watercress. The first peanut butter and jelly sandwich supposedly came along in the late 1890s when an article in the magazine Good Housekeeping urged people to use a meat grinder to make peanut butter and spread it on bread.
National Peanut Butter Celebrations
Americans definitely love their peanut butter and there are a number of specially designated days that celebrate its goodness. National Peanut Butter Lovers Day is March 1, January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day, and April 2 is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day.
What Does Grand Junction Do With Peanut Butter?
There are so many yummy things you can do with peanut butter - besides putting it on a sandwich. Recently, I asked our listeners in Grand Junction to tell us what they love to do with peanut butter - besides putting it on a sandwich. There were a couple of surprises. Peanut butter on pickles surprised me - and I was surprised nobody suggested doing something with peanut butter and bacon.