Tuesday, June 19, 2012

INTERESTING INFORMATION FROM 1900

I know most of my regular readers enjoy old bits of information as much as I do.  Today I came across the following information from the early 1900s (1900-1909): 

Thought you might be interested to know that in 1900 sugar was 4 cents a pound!  Eggs were selling for 14 cents per dozen and butter was 25 cents a pound.

The Minnesota Valley Canning Company in Le Sueur began packing peas and corn in cans.  (Have you ever wondered how Le Sueur peas got their name?)

Auguste Escoffier of London's Carlton Hotel stated that coffee should only be served at the end of the meal.  In his wisdom he also added that fruit is the only appropriate food to serve after pastries.

Honeydew melons were introduced in the United States.

The United States' first pizzeria opened.  It was in New York City.

James Beard was born in 1904.

Very important timesavers for cooks debuted including the electric toaster and drip coffeemakers!

The first recipe for the now popular Devil's Food Cake appeared in print.

The United States Government enacted the first law to protect America's food supply.  It was known as The Pure Food and Drug Act.

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