The Surprising History of your Kitchen Cupboard!
Brits have a rich food heritage which, although not be particularly revered on the global stage, includes a wealth of family favorites that have stood the test of time. Open up the kitchen cupboard of the average UK family and there will brands in there that have been knocking about for over century– hopefully not literally! Some of the foods and brands that we know and love have had quite the journey, to get to our shelves all these years later.
Here are 12 facts about British food history you might not have known:
1. In the 1930s Marmite was used to treat anaemia in mill workers in Bombay
2. The oldest British food brand is Lyle’s Golden Syrup
3. Before refrigerators were common, to keep their meat fresh people stored their meat in a ‘meat safe’
4. At the start of the 20th century Polar explorers used to take Horlicks with them for energy. Mountaineer Richard Byrd even named the Horlicks Mountains after the drink!
5. A thrifty Victorian era dish was flour soup! The unappealing dish was made with Butter, flour, hot water, and salt.
6. From the mid-nineteenth century babies in the UK suffering from Colic were treated with a tonic known as ‘Gripe water’. Invented by William Woodward, an English pharmacist in 1851 the original mixture was formulated with 3.6 per cent alcohol!
7. Even though home freezers were still yet to become common, after being launched in 1955 Birds Eye Fish Fingers came to account for 10 per cent of all fish consumption within a decade.
8. At the turn of the 20th Century, breakfast was revolutionised by American John Harvey Kellogg. He accidentally left some boiled maize out and it went stale. He passed it through some rollers and baked it, creating the world’s first cornflake.
9. In 1914 Britain was the largest importer of tinned food.
10. The first ‘ready-meal’ to really take off in the UK was the chicken kiev in 1979.
11. Bird’s instant custard powder Bird’s Custard was created by Alfred Bird because his wife was allergic to eggs.
12. Tea was established in Britain back in the 1660s when Catherine of Braganza, the queen of Charles II popularised the drink amongst the British aristocracy.
To celebrate their surprising history Horlicks have created an animation looking back at the last 140 or so years of British love for a hot malty drink. You can watch it here or find it on the Horlicks Facebook page.
I have great news too, to celebrate this amazing hot malty drink I am here to host a celebration GIVEAWAY of Horlick goodies. WIN these Horlick products below and you can see what all the fuss is about. Enter below and good luck.