Peanut butter made its first public appearance at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. Since then, it has obviously gained popularity. Were you aware that the proverbial average American consumes over six pounds of peanut products every year? These nuts, which are really legumes like lentils, are packed full of protein and fiber. Just a single-ounce serving of peanuts, for example, contains seven grams of protein. Then there’s the prevailing opinion that they just taste good.
Recent reports indicate that roughly 94% of American households have a jar of peanut butter in their cupboards or pantries. Many of these households will have more than one jar, of course. Since some people prefer chunky over smooth or smooth over chunky, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few of each in most American kitchens.
In addition to consuming a considerable amount of peanut butter, Americans also love to eat peanuts raw or roasted. Runners, Spanish, Valencias, and Virginias are the four basic types of peanuts, each with their own unique flavor.
Peanut oil for frying is also a popular choice for many dishes. There’s just something about the flavor profile of peanut oil that inspires people to reach for it on their grocer’s shelf. Turkey fryer peanut oil, for example, is usually on the top of the list for various holidays, family reunions, picnics, and other fun and celebratory occasions.
How much peanut oil you buy will usually depend on how often you like to fry turkeys and other poultry. When you stock up on turkey fryer peanut oil, for example, it’s important to know about the best way to store it. Once opened, be sure to keep your peanut oil away from heat and light. When you also keep the bottle tightly-capped, it will usually last for six months to a year. If you have any unopened bottles, however, you’ll want to keep your eyes on the “best used by” date.
Given the popularity of the peanut and its various peanut products, you may be looking for more recipes. Since there are roughly 29 million metric tons of peanuts that are produced on a global scale every year, the good news is that there are quite a few recipes to be discovered. Or, you could get creative and come up with your own prize-winning recipes!