National Frozen Food Day is an annual American holiday celebrating frozen foods. Thanks to this method of food preservation it was possible to increase the shelf life and ease of transportation. The holiday is celebrated on March 6.
People began to think about ways to preserve food a long time ago. Freezing was the most effective. However, at a time when industry was underdeveloped and freezing equipment did not even exist, it was very difficult to freeze food. For this purpose they used ice from the rivers, which was crushed and placed in deep cellars. The temperature there was so low that it didn’t melt even in the summer. Ice cream vendors on the street, for example, used special carts with ice inside. Professional freezing equipment did not appear until the end of the 19th century.
The history of National Frozen Food Day is linked to the name of Clarence Birdseye. When he visited the Labrador Peninsula in Canada, it occurred to him to freeze foods so they could be stored longer. Upon his return to the United States, he opened a business. The products were frozen to -60ºC and then packed in a special packing facility. They could be transported at temperatures no lower than -18ºC to prevent spoilage. It is believed that it was on March 6, 1930, that the first frozen foods appeared in a store in Springfield.
- The first patent for a refrigerator was obtained in 1899.
- Proper freezing preserves almost all the nutrients in the product, so there is not much difference with fresh food.
- The blast chilling method is popular. This is due not only to the speed of the process, but also to practicality. A sharp temperature change causes pathogens in the products to die.
How to celebrate
Buy frozen food at National Frozen Food Day and make delicious meals out of it! There are many interesting recipes on the Internet. You can also treat yourself to desserts: ice cream and frozen yogurt are great for this.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users if they often buy frozen food or not.
When is National Frozen Food Day in 2024?
National Frozen Food Day is observed on March 6 each year.