A Tour of the Food on Our Tables
One thing the Corona-19 virus has created is that we are all focusing on food. It all started with wishing for meals from our favorite restaurants to deciding to make bread at home to having food delivered and finally going those restaurants again.
Our friends at AARP Magazine have provided a timeline of memorable food products and those amazing kitchen tools from 1934 to 2011. We found some favorites on that list and thought you would, too.
1934 Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, the start of a billion casseroles
1953 Tater Tots, a crispy recycling of french fry leftovers by Ore-Ida
1956 Electric Can Opener to go with the Can Opener Cookbook
1958 Jiffy Pop, aluminum pie plate top-of-the-stove popcorn popper that expanded like the blob
1959 Tang, orange drink powder adapted by NASA and want-to-be an astronaut kids
1964 Electric Knife, great tool to power though roasts and turkeys
Pop-Tarts, an offspring from research on making a moist dogfood patty
1965 Shake ’N Bake, fried chicken made easy, and we helped!
SpaghettiOs, instant meal of spaghetti and meats balls in a can
1966 Cool Whip, frozen whipped topping that took desserts by storm
1971 Hamburger Helper, a packet of powders stretched a pound hamburger
Crock-Pots, AM – put in cheap meat plus ingredients. PM- enjoy tasty dinner
1972 Celestial Seasonings, four hippies begin the herbal tea boom
1975 Famous Amos, the beginning of the gourmet cookie explosion
1976 California Cooler, a premixed sangria started a trend
1981 Lean Cuisine, low-cal frozen entrees sold out the first year
1989 Electric Juicer, must-have so you can drink those fruits and veggies
2006 Avocado Toast, beginning in a famed NYC café, this toast exploded
2010 Instant Pot, multi-cooker conquered the kitchen
2011 Meal Kits, take those decision out of dinner the HelloFresh and others.
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Source: AARP the Magazine, August/September 2020, The Changing American Table by Ruth Reichi