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Here are today’s five food finds about tater tots: 


Tater Tots literally mean “baby potatoes”; tatter for potato & tots “meaning little one.”


Americans consume over 70 million pounds or Tots per year.


Tater Tots were first invented in 1953 at the Ore-Ida Labs


Tater is slang for potato (origin: 1750–60; America; by Apheresis, tato, and substitution of -er for final -o, tater).


In Australia, tater tots are known as “potato gems.”



Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1795 The French government offers a prize of 12,000 francs for a method of preserving food for transport to the French army. It was eventually won by Nicholas Appert who invented a successful method to can food.
  • 1820 Jean Etienne Bore, died. Inventor of the sugar granulating process, founder of the sugar industry in Louisiana.
  • 1869 The removable steel plow blade is invented by James Oliver.
  • 1887 The first Groundhog day is observed in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.
  • 1892 William Painter received a patent for the crown-cork bottle cap with a cork seal. It was used up until the 1970s, when the cork liner was replaced with a plastic liner.
  • 1897 Alfred L. Cralle of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, patented an ice cream scooper. His basic design is still used today.
  • 1913 Carl Gustaf Patrik de Laval died. A Swedish scientist and inventor. Among his inventions was the centrifugal cream separator and a vacu