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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Frozen Food Day

Clarence Birdseye from Springfield Massachusetts was the first man in frozen foods. Birdseye knew that individuals who live in the Arctic regions of the world preserved their food in igloos to prevent them from freezing in the cold temps. With just a few dollars Clarence Birdseye demonstrated his knowledge with the world. Purchasing ice, brine and an electric fan he showed the world his new idea. 

March 6th of every year celebrates Mr. Birdseye's invention. Those yummy foods and snacks in your freezer The only thing better than frozen food was the invention of the freezer. Take a walk down the frozen food aisle of your local store and you will see the variety at hand. From meats, vegetables, fruits and seafood that have been flash frozen to preserve flavor and quality. 

The production of food has always been a need since the beginning of time. In olden days families grew their food where they were. That was before families migrated from the farm to the city. The city did not have the correct space or needs to grow crops. When the consumer need was present frozen foods responded. 

The frozen food industry was strong in the United States. In 1930 frozen veggies, fruit, meat and fish were first packaged and offered for sale. Between the years of 1935 and 1940 frozen foods became available to all on a large scale. The years of World War II, ration point values posted in stores and carried in newspapers focused public attention on frozen food. During the space age era frozen food was there as well. Apollo XII astronauts took 72 frozen items were taken on board for a 500 day supply of meals for crew. 

March 6th is declared frozen food day by presidential degree. President Reagan was the first to declare frozen food day in 1984. 

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