Who invented modern frozen food

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who invented modern frozen food

Frozen in Time: Clarence Birdseyes Outrageous Idea About Frozen Food by Mark Kurlansky

Perfect for middle grade readers, this biography tells the life story of Clarence Birdseye, the man who revolutionized the frozen food industry. Adapted from Mark Kurlansky’s adult work Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man.
Adventurer and inventor Clarence Birdseye had a fascination with food preservation that led him to develop and patent the Birdseye freezing process and start the company that still bears his name today. His limitless curiosity spurred his other inventions, including the electric sunlamp, an improved incandescent lightbulb, and a harpoon gun to tag finback whales. This true story of an early entrepreneur is as thrilling as the story of Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. Simultaneously available in a hardcover and trade paperback edition. Each edition includes an 8-page black-and-white photo insert.
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Who invited Frozen Food?

In a local supermarket, a frozen food section is a matter of course, but have you ever wondered who had the idea to make a business out of preserving food this way?
Mark Kurlansky

A History of Frozen Food

From packages of waffles to bags of peas, the myriad items found in the frozen-food section of grocery stores today owe their existence, in part, to Clarence Birdseye, who in the s developed a quick-freezing process that launched the modern frozen-food industry. Between and , Birdseye, a Brooklyn native, lived in chilly Labrador, Canada , where he worked briefly on a hospital ship before started a fox-breeding venture. It was during this period that he learned about the customs of the indigenous Inuit, who would go ice fishing and then let their catch immediately freeze in the frigid air. When this frozen fish, which was left out in the cold, eventually was cooked, it tasted fresh. After returning to America, Birdseye took a job in with a lobbying group for commercial fisherman. In this role, he discovered that large amounts of freshly caught fish spoiled before making it to stores. Frozen food still took time to catch on.

The Romans also used to store food in compressed snow in insulated cellars. So, it has been with us for a long time! Clarence-Birdseye History of Frozen FoodThe modern frozen food industry, dates back to when Clarence Birdseye, whilst fur trading Labrador Canada, observed local inhabitants preserve fresh fish and meat by letting it freeze rapidly in Arctic temperatures. He discovered fish from a previous expedition perfectly preserved by the cold. Inuits had discovered that freezing preserved food at the peak of quality, whilst locking in freshness and taste. Birdseye brought the idea back to the US where he spent years perfecting the process we now know as quick freezing — where each individual food item is rapidly frozen at extremely cold temperatures to obtain small ice crystals so that food cells are not damaged.

Added days ago. We owe a lot to the pioneers of frozen foods. In colder climates, freezing for preservation has been around for as long as animals have been hunted and food has been gathered. In any area that had sub-zero temperatures for even part of the year, freezing would have been used. Where temperatures were just above freezing, storage times could be prolonged and populations made use of natural caves and cool streams for this purpose.

About Frozen Food

We use cookies and collect some information about you to enhance your experience of our site; we use third-party services to provide social media features, to personalize content and ads, and to ensure the website works properly. Learn more about your data on Quizzclub or change your preferences right away. - Clarence Frank Birdseye II December 9, — October 7, was an American inventor , entrepreneur , and naturalist, and is considered to be the founder of the modern frozen food industry.

It might surprise you to know that the history of frozen food significantly predates the microwave. Furthermore, recent studies show that frozen food is as nutritious, if not more nutritious than fresh options. But how did the practice of freezing food first begin? Read on for a short history. Going back thousands of years, the Chinese used insulated ice cellars to make food last as long as possible. It was effective for helping meats and vegetables last through the warmer months.


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