Thursday, July 31, 2008

Old School Thursday: More Not-That-Exciting Summer Days

Summer really is slow season in the food innovations world. Today is also known as National Raspberry Cake Day and the St. Neot Day. (He’s the patron saint of fish. Not fishermen. Just fish. And no, I’ve never heard of St. Neot before, either.)

Today’s only actual historical item of note is somewhat interesting, though also somewhat random. Today in 1790, Samuel Hopkins of Vermont was granted the very first US patent. The patent was for a process to produce potash and pearlash – elements of soap and fertilizer and baking, respectively. Pearlash, the baking ingredient, acted in a manner similar to baking powder (which was not yet available), producing carbon dioxide in dough, allowing for “quick breads.”And that’s it. So, celebrate with a meal of fish, bread and raspberry cake, I guess?

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