George Washington Carver may have had dreams of things to do with the little peanut, but he probably never imagined the time would come when the United States would produce more than a million tons of peanuts.
Carver made his contribution toward the over 300 products that are made from the peanut. Some of these uses for the peanut include ink, soap, flour, milk, cheese, linoleum and woodstains.
The kernels, shells and skins of peanuts can be used to make a variety of non-food products.
The shells may be used in fireplace logs, wallboard, livestock feed and kitty litter.
Peanuts may be an ingredient other products such as shaving cream, shampoo, detergent, bleach, metal polish and much more.
One popular use for peanuts is peanut butter. A doctor in St. Louis, is credited with coming up with the first dish of peanut butter in this country.
In trying to find a high protein food for his patients, he tried an experiment. He ground roasted peanuts with salt through a meat grinder. The result was a tasty peanut butter.
We've heard of all kinds of phobias. Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of getting peanut butter stuck to the roof of your mouth.
Here are ways to enjoy your peanuts.
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup jelly
8 slices bread
1/2 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
2 teaspoons sugar
dash of salt
butter or margarine
Make four peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Mix egg, milk, sugar and salt. Melt enough butter over medium heat to cover the bottom of a skillet. Dip both sides of sandwiches in egg mixture. Fry until brown on both sides.
Peanut Butter Apple Salad
2 cups diced apples
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup mayonnaise
Toss the apples, raisins, and celery together. Combine the peanut butter, honey and mayonnaise. Place the apple mixture on lettuce leaves. Pour dressing over the salad mixture. Serve.