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05 October 2012

The Tribal Kitchen...Kitchen News from around the World!

Refrigeration Named the #1 Most Suignificent Invention in the History of Food!
 
The  UK's national academy of science. the Royal Society, has selected refrigeration as the #1 most significant invention in the history of food and drink. Some relatively modern appliances, such as the microwave and oven as well as barrels, fishing nets, and the knife, were in the top 20.

The Royal Society said the Top 3 items on the list - refrigeration, pasteurization/sterilization, and canning - were all Anglo-French scientific achievements in the 18th and 19th centuries. The society reported that:
1.  Artificial refrigeration was first demonstrated in Glasgow in 1748 and produced commercially in 1805
2.  The first pasteurization test was completed in France in 1862
3.  A British merchant patented the tin can in 1810 (although a year earlier a Frenchman applied a similar process with glass jars and cork)

 "Royal Society Fellows have played vital roles in improving people's lives for 350 years and science has a major role to play in meeting the global challenges of the 21st century," said Sir Williams. "We thought it appropriate to look at how that innovation has shaped what we eat and drink. The poll reveals the huge role science and innovation have played in improving our health and our lives. This is something to which the scientific community continues to add."

The Royal Society's Top 20 Most Significant Inventions in the History of Food and Drink:

1. refrigeration
2. pasteurization / sterilization
3. canning
4. the oven
5. irrigation
6. threshing machine/combine harvester
7. baking
8. selective breeding / strains
9. grinding / milling
10. the plough
11. fermentation
12. the fishing net
13. crop rotation
14. the pot
15. the knife
16. eating utensils
17. the cork
18. the barrel
19. the microwave oven
20. frying