With more and more TV dinners and ready to eat meals gracing store shelves and dinner trays around the world, it certainly makes you think about why these meals gained popularity in the first place. While typical frozen food and the benefits of freezing food have been known for many years, the frozen meal we see has been started in 1924.
A man known as Clarence Birdseye was in Canada when he was fishing and saw that the fish they caught froze almost instantly. Then it was thawed out and eaten later, and the fish was still just as good as a fresh one, so he figured that if the food is frozen quickly it remains preserved.
Previously other attempts to freeze food took longer, and when it thawed out the ice crystals would melt and leave the food mushy. Then he began to experiment with why food was like that, and he eventually pressurized the food and ensured that it was completely preserved. He invented the early freezer and soon other people started to experiment further.
When World War Two broke out, most canned food was sent overseas to the armed forces, and in order to keep up with demand frozen food was used on the home front. Frozen foods cost fewer points on a ration card, and once the war was over many people still kept the taste for the easy to cook meals.
TV dinners, fish sticks, and the movement from eating at the table to in front of the TV all helped make frozen meals more popular with the masses.
The Start of Frozen Meals
The concept of frozen meals became more and more popular as the time went on, and made it so the women of the house didn’t need to spend so much time cooking. While the men weren’t too happy with the idea, it started a revolution.
More and more trays were created from foil and soon the idea of using the meal as a table on your lap would become more and more alluring.
More and more food, such as bagels, bread, pizza, and even foreign delicacies began to be flash frozen before being shipped and began to fill stores. More and more food has been frozen and marketed in brands such as Wicked Food Company, and others. Now you can find almost anything in the frozen food section.
In addition, several items are organic, gluten or dairy-free, vegetarian, or low calorie to appeal to a wide variety of eaters. In today’s busy culture, the money and time-saving aspect of reheating a frozen meal in a manner of minutes can certainly be alluring.
Plus, they can last for a long time and the food is often kept healthy despite the time it spends in the back of the freezer. This shift in culture wouldn’t have been possible without a Canadian fisherman and a question about why the fish remained good after a period of time. Imagine that!