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Society: ACSMain Category: ChemicalSub Category: Food ProcessingEra: 1950sDateCreated: 1957Western Regional Research CenterAlbanyState: CACountry: USAWebsite: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/frozenfoods.htmlCreator: Western Regional Research Center

Frozen foods have become a staple of the modern diet. Freezing allows consumers to have access to foods previously unavailable or available only seasonally, and it provides convenience for many families. But frozen foods became commonplace only after World War II, in part due to research conducted at the Western Regional Research Center which helped determine the proper time and temperature at which various foods should be frozen to insure their quality and stability.

 

The plaque commemorating the research reads:

YearAdded:
2002
Image Credit: Courtesy USDA/Scott Bauer (CC BY 2.0)Image Caption: Examples of frozen foods
Dehydrated_shredded_potatoes
Society: ACSEastern Regional Research CenterWyndmoorState: PACountry: USAWebsite: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/whatischemistry/landmarks/fooddehydration.html#history-of-dehydrated-potatoesCreator: Eastern Regional Research Center

Instant mashed potatoes are commonplace on grocery shelves and have found wide use institutionally and in domestic and international food aid programs. The most successful form of instant mashed potatoes resulted from the flake process developed in the 1950s and 1960s at the Eastern Regional Research Center, a United States Department of Agriculture facility outside of Philadelphia. The process for reconstituting instant mashed potatoes devised at this facility utilized dehydration technology.

YearAdded:
2007
Image Caption: Dehydrated shredded potatoes
Refrigeration Research Museum
Society: ASMEMain Category: MechanicalSub Category: Environmental ControlEra: 1890-1899DateCreated: 1890–1960525 North 5th StreetBrightonState: MIZip: 48116Country: USAWebsite: http://www.asme.org/about-asme/history/landmarks/topics-a-l/environmental-control/-207-refrigeration-research-museum-%281890---1960%29, https://www.asme.org/getmedia/89cc44f9-113d-4aae-949a-84078904cb6a/207-Refrigeration-Research-Museum.aspx

This collection includes many examples of advances in mechanical refrigeration for residential and commercial applications, dating from about 1890 to 1960. Such devices dramatically improved food storage safety and convenience and set high standards for mechanical reliability. The RRM collection contains products of such pioneers in the refrigeration industry as Frigidaire, Philco, Sunbeam, and Tecumseh. An archive is available to help researchers trace the history of the refrigeration industry.

YearAdded:
2000
Image Credit: Courtesy ASMEImage Caption: Kelvinator refrigerator, 1948Era_date_from: 1890–1960
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