Reading Tristar Inc. reviews is an excellent way to stay up to date on the latest invention news. Tristar Inc. reviews inventions that we use in our everyday life and wants to continue this theme by reviewing the history behind a favorite food for many.
November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, and to celebrate, Tristar Inc. reviews the invention of peanut butter.
If we’re getting really technical, peanut actually dates back to the ancient Aztecs, who mashed roasted peanuts into a paste. But this product is much different from what we consider peanut butter today.
A common misconception is that early 20th century inventor George Washington Carver invented modern peanut butter. However, this is not accurate.
Carver did come up with 300 uses for peanuts and other crops such as soy beans and sweet potatoes, but by the time he published a document called “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it For Human Consumption,” many methods of using peanut butter had already been implemented in the United States and Canada.
The invention of peanut butter should really be credited to three doctors/inventors. All three had an impact on the processing and manufacturing of, as well as the machinery used to make peanut butter.
Marcellus Gilmore Edson patented peanut paste in 1884 in Canada. What he patented was the process of creating the paste by milling peanuts between two heated surfaces. In 1895, Dr. John Kellogg, the creator of Kellogg’s cereal, patented the process of creating peanut butter or peanut paste from raw peanuts. His product was marketed as a healthy protein substitute for those without teeth. In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub patented the first peanut butter making machine.
By 1922, a chemist named Joseph Rosefield figured out how to make smooth peanut butter than kept the oil from separating. In 1928, he licensed his invention to the company that created Peter Pan peanut butter and he eventually started making his own peanut butter under the brand name Skippy.