Episode 94: Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Monday, May 21, 2018
We delve into peanuts, how it's harvested and see how George Washington Carver contributed to its popularity in the United States. Then we talk all about peanut butter, who invented it, and popular brands and how to make your own these days. Also, we help our Food Fight listener with her child's upcoming 1st birthday and all the sugars.

Let's taco 'bout it!

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Let's taco 'bout it!

  • What changes do you want to see at Episode 100? Send us an email to hungrysquared@gmail.com. It's coming up soon!
  • Sharon had a Smashmallow gourmet marshmallow in the Mint Chocolate Chip flavor. The Cookie Dough and Cinnamon Churro flavors are next up on the list to try. Goodness, they come in this, this, this flavor that I want to try now!
  • Winter LOVES Dang Coconut Chips, the plain kind, though there are this, this, and this flavor.
  • Peanut butter jelly time peanut butter jelly time! Peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat. (Winter has seen this video, but never watched it to the end.)

  • Peanuts are a legume and considered an oil crop, and it was a hybrid from 2 wild species of peanuts. They've been around for a long time with pottery shaped like a peanut.
  • George Washington Carver is a scientist and a botanist from Missouri. He was born to a slave family, but wasn't raised by his parents, but rather his slave family.
  • Booker T. Washington invited Carver to be the head of agriculture at Tuskeegee, but there was such a shortage 
  • Carver created a bulletin with 105 ways to prepare and eat the peanut and the peanut was on the map.
  • How are peanuts harvested: the entire plant is pulled from the ground, turned upside down and allowed to dry out to prevent a mold from growing.

  • Alton Brown makes his own peanut butter and here's his recipe.
  • Mr. Peanut has been around since 1916. A 16-year old boy Antonio Gentile submitted a design of a anthropomorphic peanut to a contest only to received $5 as a prize. Andrew Wallich added the monocle, top hat and cane. Amedeo Obici befriended Gentile and paid his and his siblings' ways through college.
  • Our Food Fight listener asked about giving sugar to their child at her first birthday. It's okay to not do a smash cake--it's your kid! You don't have to do all the Pinterest things. By the way, little kids shouldn't have honey before 1 year of age!

Run Time: 47 minutes

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