Food History 2: Apple Pie!

Hello, my lovely readers! Today I’m gonna tell you a little bit about the history of the apple pie! I got this information together for a research project I had to do for culinary class. I found out a lot of cool stuff about some of my favorite foods that I never knew before! (Check out my last blog to find out more about the project and the history of PB&J!) Most of this information is from this lovely website called the Food Timeline!

Pie americaApple pie is said to be as American as it gets but by the time apples even grew in America many other countries had their own version of apple pie. The first recorded recipe for apple pie was actually written in 1381 in England! It called for figs, raisins, pears, and saffron in addition to apples. Original apple pie recipes were a lot different from what we know today. They rarely called for sugar because it was expensive and hard to get. Originally, this apple pie was served in a pastry called a “coffin” which wasn’t normally meant for consumption and was only supposed to be a container for the filling.

The Romans are thought to have introduced apples to England, and from there American colonists started spreading them throughout the New World and apple seeds were spread along trade routes. The colonists also brought recipes for apple pie to America.
In 1902, a newspaper article claimed that “No pie-eating people can be permanently vanquished.” American soldiers during World War II also did their part to popularize the stereotype. When asked by journalists why they were going to war, a common response was, “For mom and apple pie” which later became the phrase “As American as motherhood and apple pie”.  Apple pie was then quickly adopted as “the” American thing by the 1960s and the phrase “As American as apple pie” was born.
America quickly became one of the largest producers of apples and today over 220,000,000 bushels of apples are produced every year in America. It is second only to China, which produces about half of the world’s apples! What if people started saying “as Chinese as apple pie”?

Apple pie is one of my favorite pies! I think its really cool that a pie that started out in 1381 is still very popular today!

Stay tuned for Food History 3: Waffles!

Food History 1: PB&J!

I’m back!!! I’m sorry I was gone so long! It feels like forever since my last blog, I just got so busy with summer but school is back in and so am I!
Now lets get right to the subject, shall we? This year in culinary class we are studying American cuisine. Our first project of the year was to pick 3 American foods and investigate them. We had to find out the history of where they came from, how they were made, and anything else we could find. At first it sounded pretty boring but once I started researching, I felt like a food detective! Super supper secret agent chef Mackenzie! Investigating the mysterious lives of American foods.
The foods I chose were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, apple pie, and waffles. It was pretty interesting so I thought I would share my findings with you. Most of my information came from this lovely website called The Food Timeline. If you’re wondering about the history of any of your favorite foods, just look them up on there and they have tons of info!
So now, without further adieu, The History of The Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich:

pbjThe first known reference to the peanut butter and Jelly sandwich was published in 1901. It became popular immediately especially with young people in America. Back then, peanut butter was considered a health food or a delicacy but as the price of peanut butter went down due to commercialization and manufacturers started adding sugar to the peanut butter, it started to appeal more to children. When bread started being sold pre-sliced, peanut butter sandwiches became very popular for kids because they could make them by themselves without using any heat or sharp knives. Peanut butter sandwiches were one of the top meals for children during the depression due to its low cost, high nutrition, and easy assembling.
In the 1920s people started getting really creative with peanut butter sandwiches. They paired peanut butter with everything and ended up with things peanut butter and cabbage and peanut butter pimento sandwiches. Jelly was another staple food around that time so it was only a matter of time before the perfect pair was born, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

PB&J
“GI’s in WW 2 were given rations of both peanut butter and jelly. When they returned to the states after the war peanut butter sales and jelly sales both soared. It would seem most likely this would be the birth of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.” – kitchenproject.com

People in other countries think its weird but peanut butter and jelly is really one of America’s favorite flavor combos. I grew up eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and my little brothers love them too. Its one of those flavors that bring back lots of lovely memories and I think its the same for a lot of Americans today!

Stay tuned for Food History 2: Apple Pie!