Popular Recipes from 116 Years Ago

| 2/25/2016 11:24:00 AM

Connie MooreThe year 1900 began a decade of food changes in the States that has never stopped evolving. Five factors mixed together like fruit smoothies in a blender, emulsifying into the world of cooking as we know it today.

By 1900, waves of immigrants landed in America with their own ethnic foods and eating traditions. Some of the most popular new ethnic establishments were Italian pizzerias in New York.

Science and technology were breaking out into the food industry. New machines for cooking, baking and massive conveyor belts all brought about larger industrial complexes which shipped by truck, plane, train and ships new products which could stay fresh longer due to scientific discoveries of chemical compounds bent on ingredient stability.

Home economics and nutritional programs were being established in high schools, colleges, hospitals and through government incentives to boost the healthy eating of families.

New companies were on the rise, growing in leaps and bounds like a bread dough gone rogue. Nabisco, Campbell, Quaker Oats, Jello, Kraft, General Mills, Swift (canned meats) all had their products on shelves with colorful magazine ads and cute jingles on television commercials.

Last but not least were the governmental interventions such as the above mentioned nutritional programs. Laws were enacted frequently to try and safeguard food quality and transportation.  The Food and Drug Administration was established June 30, 1906 after the passage of the Pure Food and Drugs Act.

2/25/2016 4:15:09 PM

Connie, oh, man, your making me hungry. I can remember all those tasty things that my grandma would make in that old cook stove with the fire burning inside. It was rare that she bought any thing already made from the store. I am from both worlds. I like to fix my own food most of the time but yet enjoy a good meal out as well. Every thing in balance, I say. :-) ***** Have a great day in the kitchen.

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