Posts tagged “Ray Kroc

January 14 is Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Posted on January 14, 2014

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Five Food Finds about Pastrami

  • Pastrami was originally created as a way to preserve meat before modern refrigeration.
  • For pastrami, raw meat is brined, dried, seasoned with various herbs & spices, then smoked or steamed.
  • Pastrami is a technology for preserving meat that our ancestors used before refrigerators.
  • To make pastrami, you start by making corned beef.
  • By smoking corned beef, you turn it into pastrami! Smoking adds flavor to the meat.

On This Day in Food History…

1814 The last London Frost Fair on the frozen Thames River. Entertainment, and a large selection of food vendors on ice.

1841 Juliet Corson was born. A cookery teacher and writer, founder of the New York Cooking School in 1876. She wrote many articles and several cookery books, including ‘Cooking Manual’ (1877), ‘Twenty-five Cent Dinners for Families of Six’ (1878) and ‘Miss Corson’s Practical American Cookery’ (1886).

1861 David Wesson was born. Wesson was an American chemist and in 1900 he developed a method to make pure cotton seed oil palatable, and formed the Southern Oil Company. Wesson Oil was the first vegetable oil used in the U.S. Cotton seed oil is noted for its lack of taste, which allows the flavors of foods to come through. It is used in margarine, salad dressings, and in commercially fried foods.

1890 Rolla N. Harger was born. A biochemist, he invented the first successful test machine for blood alcohol content, the Drunkometer, in 1931.

1948 T-Bone Burnett, record producer and artist was born.

1984 Ray Kroc died in San Diego, California. Ray Kroc sold blenders for milkshakes, and one of his customers was a restaurant in San Bernardino, California owned by Maurice and Richard McDonald. Kroc set up a chain of drive-in restaurants based on their efficient assembly line production kitchen. He opened his first restaurant on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. By 1961 he had 228 restaurants and he bought out the McDonald brothers. When he died in 1984 there were over 7,500 McDonald’s restaurants.

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National Apple Betty Day

Posted on October 5, 2013

National Apple Betty Day

Five Food Finds about Apples

  • The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae).
  • It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans.
  • Apples grow on small, deciduous trees.
  • The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, Malus sieversii, is still found today.
  • Apples have been grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe, and were brought to North America by European colonists.

On this Day in Food History

1582 If you lived in Italy and many other Catholic countries, this day and the next 10 days did not exist due to the Gregorian Calendar Adjustment (it corrected an accumulated 11 day discrepancy). The day following Thursday, October 4, 1582 was Friday, October 15, 1582. It was effective in most Catholic countries. The old Julian calendar continued in use in Britain and its colonies until 1752, in Japan until 1873, in China until 1912, in Russia until 1918, in Greece until 1923, and in Turkey until 1925.
1902 Ray Kroc is born in Oak Park, Illinois. Ray Kroc sold blenders for milkshakes, and one of his customers was a restaurant in San Bernardino, California owned by Maurice and Richard McDonald. Kroc set up a chain of drive-in restaurants based on their efficient assembly line production kitchen. He opened his first restaurant on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. By 1961 he had 228 restaurants and he bought out the McDonald brothers. When he died in 1984 there were over 7,500 McDonald’s restaurants.
1948 Brian Connolly of the music group ‘Sweet’ was born.
1983 Earl Silas Tupper died. The inventor of Tupperware. (Tupperware makes the containers used to conduct mold and bacterial experiments in the back of refrigerator shelves).
2007 One week after recalling almost 22 million pounds of ground beef products, Topps Meat Company announced it was going out of business. Topps had to recall the meat after samples tested positive for E. coli bacteria, and at least 30 people had become ill since July. Topps was one of the country’s largest manufacturers of frozen hamburgers.

  

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