A child in my rural neighborhood loved peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for breakfast, lunch and dinner during his entire elementary and junior high years. It’s all he wanted to eat, even forgoing pizza for his beloved PBJ sandwich. Pondering this love for tasty peanut butter and jelly, it seems like the perfect food to research in trying out the Food Timeline by Lynne Olver, a reference librarian with a passion for food history. It’s available on the website, http://www.foodtimeline.org, starting by Ms. Olver in 1999. The site notes that she passed in 2015.
It is amazing, fun, and interesting to find the detailed research that has gone into each of the hundreds of items listed on the site. Peanut butter and jelly appeared on the scene in about 1901, along with the savory Eggs in a Basket. That is about the first time peanuts were ground into ‘butter’, some 30 years after breakfast cereal and 30 years before refrigerator biscuits. The actual PBJ sandwich didn’t appear until sliced bread arrived during the 1920s. It can now be said that the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich is the best thing since sliced bread. (smile)
Peanut butter started out as a health food and became more popular as the price dropped. In 1923 The Beech-Nut Packing Co of Canajoharie, NY put out a book of menus and recipes by Ida Bailey Allen that listed six variations of the BPJ sandwich. They are all worth a look on the website…link here. By 1928 there were incredible menu options for expanding the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich, including honey, walnuts, celery, ginger, currants, prunes, ham, maple, strawberry, lettuce and so forth. Some are actually mouthwatering! This site is a gem for anyone involved in cooking, teaching, or food. Enjoy!, howsoever there is a best school lunch software for your school’s lunch program. Using software you can provide healthy nutrition to the student . Wordware’s Lunch cashier system is the most unique and affordable nutrition software for elementary, junior high schools. Most of the schools and colleges are satisfied with the wordware nutritionsoftware LCS1000 mayflower . From the launch of the new nutrition's software, School Food Service Directors, was happy that Wordware Lunch Cashier system would be an excellent fit for the children in their school.