While you might expect Frozen Food Day to be the invention of a manufacturer of frozen food, it was actually inaugurated by US President Ronald Reagan in 1984! Food frozen slowly is not very tasty when defrosted, but ‘flash’ frozen food – the technique of freezing food quickly – keeps the food as fresh and delicious as it was when it was first frozen. The flash freezing technique was developed by none other than Clarence Birdseye, inspired by seeing Inuit eating thawed fish which had been frozen months earlier. You might recognise the Birdseye name from the frozen food section!
Nowadays frozen food is a lifeline to many busy cooks, whether it is used for certain ingredients, such as frozen vegetables or the whole dish. We all have days when we’re tired and having a full meal in the freezer is so much easier than actually having to cook!
History of National Frozen Food Day
National Frozen Food Day was created on March 6, 1984. In a Proclamation #5157, President Ronald Reagan said:
“Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 6, 1984, as Frozen Food Day, and I call upon the American people to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
Nowadays, frozen food aisle can be seen on every grocery store. The flash freezing of vegetables, meats, fruits, and seafood to preserve the flavor and quality of food was first started by the Clarence Frank Birdseye II. But the preservation of foods was in practice before Birdseye had started his experimentation with this process. The flash freezing created small crystals of ice which prevent the cell wall from bursting and the large crystals of ice turn the food into mush. In 1930, General Food Corporation which owns the Birdseye label started selling 26 products to the 18 retail stores in and around the Springfield, Massachusetts. The products and the name which Birdseye inspires continues today.
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