The history of peanut butter and Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s patented process
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg may be famous for the cereal we have today, but he is also one of the claimants of the first peanut butter recipe. He has a good claim to the title because he was first to have the process patented for his patients.
While working for the Battle Creek, Michigan Sanatorium, Kelloggs became famous for inventing recipes for its residents. Such was the cornflake cereal that has become widely known as a staple breakfast commodity.
The real history of peanut butter
Peanut butter is actually not a new invention because early Aztec tribes have been mashing peanuts into a thick paste although different from the recipes of today. George Washington Carver, a Black American botanist who lived in the 1800s, also lays claim to being the first inventor of the spread. Being a botanist, he only promoted the use of peanuts in cuisine but not its inventor.
The peanut butter we know of today can be credited to three inventors who lived in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. Marcellus Gilmore Edson from Canada, Dr. John Harvey Kelloggs, Dr. Ambrose Straub from St. Louis, Missouri, and Joseph Rosefield were pioneers in creating the recipe.
Refining the process of the food paste production
Peanut butter paste was first patented in 1884 by Marcellus Gilmore Edson. He was a Canadian chemist who worked extensively in creating peanut products including lard, ointment, and butter. He was issued the US patent 306727 for milling roasted peanuts until a semi-fluid state is achieved.
Dr. Ambrose Straub and Joseph Rosefield also have their share in the creation of peanut butter. Dr. Straub was the first to patent the peanut-butter-making machine and Rosefield invented the process of refining the spread’s production. He started producing the famous peanut butter brand Skippy in 1932.
Dr. Kellogg though is widely accredited for using raw peanuts in creating peanut butter. He also marketed it as a good alternative source of protein for patients who can no longer chew solid food.