Food Inventions That Changed The Way We Enjoy Breakfast

Oct 30, 2019 Kayode Oseh

Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. There are quite a number of food today that is worthy of being called a nice breakfast, most of which were not in existence before. We could say boldly that the way our ancestors enjoyed breakfast is quite different from the way we are enjoying it today. From a cup of tea and sandwiches down to a bowl of cereal and milk, there are tons of breakfast options available to us today depending on the one that arouses our palate best.

Quite a number of food have been invented overtime and these food have actually come to revolutionize our eating habit and the way we enjoy breakfast. Most of these foods we could say were actually discovered by accident or were invented in the most outrageous and the most bizarre possible ways anyone can think of.

How many of these food items are you familiar with? do you know how they originated? Lets take a look.  

Coffee


A cup of early morning coffee can help us get started for the day. It is one of the most consumed beverages in the world and also one of the best. You would assume that such a popular beverage was developed by an ancient civilization most especially in China. However, according to a popular legend, coffee was actually discovered accidentally by a herd of goats!

According to the legend, there was an Ethiopian goat herder called Kaldi. He noticed that his goats were very energetic and would refuse to sleep all nights, he then decide to find out what the cause could be. Following the goats one day, he found them feasting on the berries of a particular tree and each time they do that, sleeping at night becomes difficult for them. They would stay awake all night -hyperactive and filled with energy. The goatherd shared his story with the local abbot, who experimented with making a drink from the berries. The abbot got such a buzz from the newly discovered beverage that it soon began to spread, becoming one of the world's favorite beverage.

Tea Bags


The origin of tea bags is also as controversial as that of the coffee, it was also invented entirely by mistake. During the early 1900s, a US tea merchant was looking for a way to send his tea samples to customers around the world, without spoiling the contents. He then made a silk pouches to protect the tea and send to costumers. Later he received feedback from customers saying the mesh on the bag was too fine that instead of emptying the content into a traditional infuser, they would rather place it on boiling water instead.

The producer of the tea Thomas Sullivan then capitalized on that mistake to create gauze bags with string and tags to hang over the edge to make it easier to remove the soggy bag.

Cheese


Cheese is a diary products derived from milk. it is a very good source of protein and fat that comes in handy for all types of cooked or baked foods, existing in a myriad or forms, flavors and textures. But where and how cheese originated is a knowledge that is somehow obscure.

According to another popular legend, an ancient Arab merchant was carrying his milk in a rennet pouch on his journey across the desert. When he stopped for the night, he noticed something amazing, he discovered that his milk had coagulated. The heat of the desert had made the milk react with the inside of the pouch, separating the milk into curds and whey. This may have scared the shit out of him but being very hungry, had no choice but the drink the whey and eat the cheese that way. This is a very wonderful and some worth a magical invention because the cheese he had mistakenly made has now become a worldwide favorite food.

Margarine


Margarine are a better options to butter for those that loves all things plant. It is applicable to all types of cooking and baking in as much oil is involved. The origin of this food is very interesting, It was actually the result of a competition Napoleon III of France held to come up with a substitute for butter to feed the troops during the 1800s. The reason being that butter spoil quickly, and again very expensive to purchase.  

Around the period of 1869, a French chemist named Hippolyte Mege-Mouries formulated a mixture of beef tallow, water, and milk. His spread was originally called “oleomargarine,” as he believed it contained oleaic and margaric acids. A Dutch company improved on the original mixture, using plant oils and a yellow dye to make it look more like butter.

Sliced Bread


According to history, people have been enjoying bread for the past 10,000 years. The earliest bread was made in or around 8000 BC in Africa, probably in Egypt -this is undoubtable since Egypt is the birth place of civilization. Ever since then, bread had been eating as a loaf until the 1920s when the slicing machine was invented.

In 1928, Iowa engineer Otto Rohwedder designed a commercial bread-slicing machine for his local bakery. The convenience of sliced bread was an overnight hit, and by 1929, Rohwedder was making bread-slicing machines for bakeries all over the US. Today, sliced bread is available in a variety of thicknesses, including a special “toast” thickness for breakfast.

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