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  Peanut butter
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-10-07 11:16 AM (EST)
 

On several week trips into Northern realms of Canada I always took peanut butter. I would bake two days worth of Pan Bannock and use the peanut butter and squeeze tubes of raspberry jam to make a quick and delicious main lunch treat.

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  Peanut Butter
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-10-07 12:15 PM (EST)
Thanks for covering one of my favorite foods.
Healthy, nutritious and delicious, easily transported and a long shelf life perfect for paddling and hiking. Credit Must go to George Washington Carver for peanut butters invention. He chose not to patent pb's development but he was decades ahead of Kellogg.
The following is from "The History of Peanut Butter by Mary Bellis.

Agricultural chemist, George Washington Carver discovered three hundred uses for peanuts and hundreds more uses for soybeans, pecans and sweet potatoes. He did start popularizing uses for peanut products including peanut butter, paper, ink, and oils beginning in 1880. (With the most famous of Carver's research taking place after he arrived in Tuskeegee in 1896.) However, Carver did not patent peanut butter as he believed food products were all a gift from god. The 1880 date precedes all the above inventors accept of course for the Incas, who were probably first. It was Carver that made peanuts a significant crop in the American south in the early 1900's.
 
 
  Peanut Butter
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-21-07 9:02 PM (EST)
One detail missed is the alergy issue.
Many have a severe reaction to peanuts so paddling with a group and feasting on peanut products may prove hazerdous.
Nost schools here have a ban on peanuts and peanut products because about 2% of the population have an anaphylactic reaction to the product and repeated exposure increases the severity of the reaction.
picture being 10 miles from the nearest road and someone starts to swell, their throat closing off. An Epipen will give you 15 minutes repreave or so hopefully by then Benedryl that is ein everyones emergency pack has kicked in.
My son has a peanut alergy (of the most wicked type) so i know how this works.
Of course I have also had to deal with a heart attack on a longer paddle. The fun never ends.
Alex
 
 
  Peanut/sugar butter vs the rrreal stuff
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-24-07 11:54 AM (EST)
Do the recipes use standard commercial peanut/sugar butter, or the "natural" stuff, which is just crushed peanuts and maybe salt? I ask because there's enough sugar (or sugar equivalents) in standard commercial peanut butter (like Skippy) to significantly change the taste of the dish.

Besides, the natural stuff is about 100x tastier and better for you... IMHO, of course. Apart from the lack of refined sugar, natural PB is not hydrogenated, which makes it way healthier. In fact, I love the natural stuff and don't particularly like the standard peanut/sugar butter.

Worried about oil separation? Well, it's kinda fun to stir it a bit each day. Also store the jar upside (and tightly closed, of course) down so that any oil does not rise to the top.

--David
 

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