A Timeline History OF Frozen Food

A Timeline History OF Frozen Food

A Timeline History OF Frozen Food

Added 2034 days ago. 14 May 2018

We owe a lot to the pioneers of frozen foods.

If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to provide our customers with over 300 delicious frozen ready meals delivered direct to their doors.

We owe a lot to the pioneers of frozen foods.

If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be able to provide our customers with over 300 delicious frozen ready meals delivered direct to their doors.

We owe a lot to the pioneers of frozen foods.

In this article, we’ll shine a light on the history of frozen food and the pioneering folk who revolutionised the food and farming industries, paving the way for the modern world as we know it. 

Frozen Food: The Beginning

In colder climates, freezing for preservation has been around for as long as animals have been hunted and food has been gathered. In any area that had sub-zero temperatures for even part of the year, freezing would have been used. Where temperatures were just above freezing, storage times could be prolonged and populations made use of natural caves and cool streams for this purpose.

In fact, evidence of man-made ice houses – used for refrigeration rather than freezing - in more temperate areas have been dated as early as 1780 BC, though they didn’t become popular in the UK until 1950, over 3700 years later!

First Steps

The first commercial freezing operation in the world was founded in 1861 at Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia. This freezing works became the New South Wales Fresh Food and Ice Company and trialled shipments of frozen meat to London by 1868.

However, the venture was not a success, thanks in part to the slow freezing process, meaning the frozen food was largely tasteless and leaked a large amount of water when defrosted.

Clarence Birdseye: The Captain of Cold

1940-60s: The ready-meal revolution

During the 1940s, the volume of frozen foods available to consumers boomed. It wasn’t until the 1950s, though, that the first frozen ready meals hit the shelves in the United States.

By the 1960s, so-called convenience food was all the rage and frozen ready meals mirrored the changes taking place in society, as more and more women left the traditional housewife role and moved in to the workplace.

1970-80s: Home freezing and improved choice

1990s and beyond

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