DailyDirt: Keeping Food Around Longer… And Longer

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Civilization has greatly depended on the our ability to store food for long periods of time. Without various food preservation techniques, our daily lives would be much different. Perhaps we’ve strayed a bit too far away from fresh foods, but the benefits of refrigeration, preservatives and food packaging probably outweigh the costs. Here are just a few articles on the topic of food preservation to ponder while you enjoy your next processed meal.

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It is. I’m sure some investors made bank.

Sure hostess went tits up, but surely American capitalism is more about quick returns more than selling over-priced goods forever.

The failures of management not daring to try to compete with Little Debbie by using more reasonable pricing cannot be blamed on capitalism.


Spent ten years as a nation wide reefer driver (my own tractor and trailer), and refrigerated storage and shipping really is a different world. Loading apple in August that were picked the last Sept and stored in a refrigerated warehouse. Delivering frozen beef to the caves near Kansas City, watching the refrigeration unit on the trailer suck down fuel as it runs continuously trying to keep the ice cream in the trailer at minus 20 F in Phoenix when it’s 115 outside.

And that was the good side. Sure am glad I’m not in that business any longer.

Why Such Cheap Stuff?

I dare say I’ve spent a lot of time living in urban, ethnic neighborhoods, but my notions of food porn are more classy than Twinkies. You know, Greek Baklava, blackberry jam pastries, coffee rolls made with maple syrup and walnuts, pecan fudge, Amaretto Toast (a sort of cookie which used to be sold in Italian bodegas, flavored with anise), stuff like that. And of course Pepperidge Farm cookies, which are essentially a mass-produced form of haute-cuisine French pastry cooking. I’ve always thought of Hostess Twinkies as something cheap and nasty, like Kentucky Fried Chicken, served to a captive audience of children on school outings, back before the schools got the nutrition bug.



Does anyone else remember the show Dinosaurs by the Jim Henson? One show was when they celebrated “Refrigerator Day”. The story was that the refrigerator was the backbone of dinosaur civilization. It allowed them to form a culture instead of just foraging for food all the time. Cool show, wish they would bring it back.

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