National Frozen Food Day
This day is celebrated on 6th March. It is to observe and acknowledge the impact of Frozen food that has made our day-to-day life easier, reducing cooking time and preserving your favorite food item for a long period.
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Why National Frozen Food Day?
Frozen food is not a new thing; yes, it existed in climates that were cold enough for the food to freeze, but artificially freezing food is happening since the 1800s. Different peoples attempted different methods for food-freezing, but none of them were efficient and proper. Until Clarence Birdseye invented the quick freezing method in 1924, the type of frozen food it produces is quite similar to what we know today.
The concept of quick freezing was also discovered accidentally. During a fishing session, Birdseye caught a fish that immediately frozen after being pulled out from the water, and more interestingly, Birdseye surprised to discover that the frozen fish was as delicious when warmed and cocked after months later. From this discovery, he deduced that if food is frozen very quickly, it retains its taste and texture.
Birdseye’s takeaway was correct. As the freezing techniques that were used before quick-freezing came along were very slow. This slow process of freezing food material causes creates large ice crystals, which ruptures the food particles’ cell membrane. This frozen food, when defrosted, the crystals inside the cells melted and water leaks out, taking all the food’s flavor and texture, which is not desirable.
Birdseye took two different approaches to quick freezing food and innovated packaging of the food for respective methods. In the first technique, the package was held between two chilled metal belts of -40°f to 45° f. this temperature was achieved using a calcium chloride solution. In the second approach, which has become more popular, the packaged food was held under pressure between two hollow metal plates. These metal plates were chilled to -25° f with the help of evaporation of ammonia. This method was so efficient and quick that a two-inch-thick meat package could be frozen to 0° F within 90 minutes, and fruits and vegetables can be frozen within 30 minutes.
Frozen food changed our lives since it was discovered. Many foods are not available all year round; a quick-freezing technique made it possible to have them at any time off around the year. It made cooking easier and more affordable for peoples. Quick freezing keeps vegetables green and fresh. Most importantly, how can we forget ice cream, it is one of the most delicious frozen food in the world. Transporting food materials was a huge pain, and transporters had to face different kinds of problems. Since quick freezing became a thing, transporting any kind of food became easier.
This day reminds us of Birdseye’s contributions and makes us realize how much our life has become easier with frozen food.
How Can We Observe National Frozen Food Day?
- Eat frozen food all day long
- you can enjoy frozen food for every meal and appreciate this frozen food industry’s diversity on this day. It could be a frozen waffle in the breakfast or a burrito for lunch, or you can even have a frozen pizza for dinner.
- How about a TV dinner party
- You can call your friends and family over a dinner party where frozen TV dinners are the order of the day. It is a complete meal filled in a plastic tray where the meal is prepared from frozen food.
- Make frozen food at home.
- We observe this day to support the frozen food industry, but you can also celebrate it by making your frozen food. And post photos and videos of your favorite frozen food on social media using #Nationalfrozenfoodday and #frozenfoodday.
Interesting Facts On National Frozen Food Day
- Frozen foods are free from any preservatives, as they don’t need any additional preservatives to keep them consumable.
- It is a myth that freezing food reduced its nutritional value.
- Typically, proper freezing of food keeps them edible indefinitely, but the taste and quality may decrease over so slightly after a long period.
- Frozen food first hit the market in the 1800s, though it was not quick frozen.
- Birdseye not only developed flash freezing, but he also helped to develop in-store freezer cases.
History of National Frozen Food Day:
National frozen food day was established by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 on March 6 and observed the contribution and significance of frozen food in our life.