From the mid 1960s, there was a television commercial extolling the gold, crispy goodness of potato chips. Its catch phrase was”I bet you can’t eat just one!” A small nibble off the edge of a potato chip, whatever your good intentions, led to the nibble into a normal size bite. Without thinking, you’d eaten the entire chip in a blink of an eye. You thought to yourself, another chip can’t hurt. Good heavens! Are you turning into a potato chip junkie?
Let us shed some light on the origins of this crunchy treat.
In the mid 1850s, skillet was an accepted and popular type of American cooking. They weren’t eaten with the fingers but rather, served with a fork, to be consumed in a genteel manner. Restaurants throughout the country were serving fried potatoes, but it was only when the chef in Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York, sliced the potato pieces so lean did they become the rage.
It’s usually believed by food historians that George Crum was the inventor of the potato chip. He was a brilliant character in the Saratoga Springs area.
As stated previously, fried potatoes were a favorite fare. By this time, Crum was aggravated and in a fit of pique, took it upon himself to rile the guest by making him French fries that were much too thin and sharp to be skewered by a fork.
Crum originally known as his sting”Potato Crunches” but the dish, now a house specialty, was listed on the menu as”Saratoga Chips.” Soon thereafter, they were sold and packed, originally locally, but quickly grew in popularity throughout the New England region.
In 1860, Crum opened his own restaurant that featured his chips as the house specialty. He put baskets of the chips on each table and they became an essential drawing point to the success of this restaurant. Besides marketing the chips, Crum foolishly did not patent or protect his invention.
Peeling and slicing potatoes was dull and slow. The 1920s creation of the mechanical potato peeler led to the potato chip industry to skyrocket from being a tiny specialty item to a top-selling snack foods.
Potato chips were largely a Northern dinner dish for several decades after their creation. However, in the 1920s, merchandizing and distribution of this snack took a turn for the better; their prevalence increasing year by year during the entire 20th century.
He peddled Crum’s creation to Southern grocers straight from the trunk of his car, his name and company eventually becoming synonymous with this sharp and salty treat. In 1932, he bought a potato chip factory in Atlanta. 1938 marked the start of Lay’s Brand Potato Chips.
The first part of the 20th century caused several companies building large factories into the mass production of potato chips. The 1920s gave birth of three companies which define the potato chip market.
In 1921, he utilized the extras to make potato chips and marketed them in brown paper bags as Wise Potato Chips throughout the delicatessen.
Salie made the chips which were promoted and marketed by her husband Bill, and were called Hanover Home Brand Potato Chips.
1926 was notable for potato chip supply. Paper wasn’t very practical, as oil in the chips could seep through the sacks and on the customer’s hands.
Laura Scudder had a household chip company in Monterey Park, California. She understood the inherent flaw in the paper sacks; nobody appreciated being coated with cooking oil. Her motivated solution for this problem was brilliant. . This day, the workers hand-filled chips into the waxed paper bags and then sealed them with a warm iron. Voila!
Potato chips are currently the preferred snack of Americans, who eat more potato chips than any other people on the planet.
In colonial times, New Englanders considered potatoes to be ideal as pig fodder. They thought that ingesting these tubers shortened a individual’s life expectancy. The New Englanders were not worried that potatoes were fried in fat and covered with salt (every cardiologist’s bane); they’d more stress about joys of the flesh. They believed that the curry, in its pristine condition, contained an aphrodisiac that led to activities and behaviour felt to be detrimental to long life; according to these spirits, eating an unadulterated potato led to the demon SEX and naturally, sex caused the downfall of man. For more than a century, we’ve known this to be not true and only brought on by misdirected thinking.
Mass potato chip manufacturing, in modern facilities, utilizes continuous fryers or flash skillet. Rather than raw potato bits.
I bet you can not eat just one…