The Evolution of Canned Food and Drink In 38 Pictures
Attila Nagy | Gawker MediaMar 26, 2016, 09.30 PM IST
Canned foods made their debut on store shelves in the 19th century, and they've only become more common ever since. From your local deli to supermarkets, you can find pretty much anything-from tuna to pineapple-in canned form. But how did we get here? The history of canned food is more intricate than you'd think, and includes new inventions and changes in method and design that bring us to the canned goods we eat today.
Canned food has its origins in the Napoleonic wars, where the French government recognized that finding a way to preserve food for their soldiers would be incredibly useful in the field. Rudimentary processes were put into place before the end of the war.
As the practice took off in the coming century, the canning process became a major innovation in the industrializing world. Food could be preserved for years, by preventing bacteria from proliferating, increasing food safety and availability.
Women filling early hole-in-top cans at Richardson & Robbins Cannery. Founded in 1856, R&R was the first cannery in the state of Delaware, and a pioneer in the American canning industry.
Men making cans for meat at Richardson & Robbins.
Can labelling at Richardson & Robbins.
1891: Tinned or jarred products used for cooking, from Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management.
1909: A canning machine at the J. S. Farrand Packing Co., Baltimore, Maryland.
1910-1920: Community cannery, Asheville, N.C.
1912: A tin can making machine in operation at the Machinery Exhibition, Olympia, London.
1920: Discharged Sailors, Soldiers & Airmen's store with its windows full of tinned food.
1925: A woman with her 'Home Canner' for preserving fruit.
1928: River-bank picnic.
1930: Factory workers prepare peaches for canning at a Del Monte canning factory in the USA.
1930: Canned goods on the shelves of a grocery store.
1934: Canning beans at Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.
1936: Canning plums at a factory in Faversham.
1937: Empty cans are filled with peas and lids placed on them. Canning factory, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
1937: A factory worker supervising the production of metal food cans.
1937: A new innovation-canned beer-is rapidly becoming very popular.
1937: A canned beer machine being tested out in London.
1939: A firm in Reading, England, is the first to fall in line with the British government's plans for food storage by producing an emergency bread. The bread is baked in hermetically sealed tins and is claimed to be edible for 10 years.
1939: Canning machine. Grapefruit juice cannery, Weslaco, Texas.
1940: Workers in the labelling and packing section of a tinned salmon production line in a Vancouver factory.
1940: A volunteer displays the contents of a Red Cross Christmas package for British prisoners of war in German camps.
1944: Dr. William Clayton, adviser on canning to the Ministry of Food, explains the simple fuse in the lid of the self-heating can. The soup was hot in this can for four minutes.
1955: Packers at a fruit factory inspect pineapple slices and place them in appropriate cans.
1955: Canning peanut oil at Central Hershey, Cuba.
1955: Tins of strange food including octopus on skewers, lava worms, and fried silkworms.
1956: A tin of Unox pork luncheon meat.
1960: British cookery writer and television chef Fanny Cradock inspects some tinned Norwegian pate at the First National Delicatessen Exhibition in Park Lane House, London.
1962: A fine selection of foods in a Harrods hamper including dates, pickles, and plum pudding.
1962: Russian caviar from Astrakhan.
1963: Easy to open cola can. The 8-oz can, manufactured by the Reynolds Metals Company, marked the first time that aluminum cans were used in soda manufacturing.
1976: Pumpernickel, the famous German black bread, is an export hit, and many boxes of it go to the United States. At the assembly line of a bakery plant in Guetersloh, West Germany, Pumpernickel is tinned and readied for the transport over the ocean.
1981: Hungarian space food developed for cosmonaut Bertalan Farkas, participating in the Intercosmos program.
2003: Cans of SPAM on display at the Waikiki SPAM JAM Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Waikiki SPAM JAM is a celebration of one of Hawaii's favorite foods.
2005: Packers fills sardine cans at the Stinson Seafood plant, the nation's last sardine cannery, in Gouldsboro, Maine.
2006: A canned food menu for the International Space Station, developed to meet the difficult requirements of dining in space, including zero bacteria.
2014: Canned processed pumpkins move along a conveyor belt in the case and label area of the Libby's pumpkin cannery in Morton, Ill.
2015: With the popularity in craft beer spiking, breweries have faced an unexpected problem: a shortage in 16 ounce cans.
5 Gadgets Every Audiophile Should Have In Their Armory
5 Gadgets Every Audiophile Should Have In Their Armory
A Portable Music Player
A lot of people make the argument that smartphones have annihilated the once-popular Portable Media Player market, but for audiophiles like you and me understand that such an argument is flawed. PMPs, with its superior audio-drivers and longer battery life. Smartphones, while paying attention to a lot of features, does not go deep into a single feature and that's where PMPs come into play.
The FiiO X7 focuses its attention on thing and one thing only- crystal clear, audiophile-grade sound. It is also the first Android based Digital Audio Player and has an Rockchip RK3188 SoC for audio processing and that makes this one of the few devices to support 32bit-384khz audio files. It also has 32GB of internal memory with the option of expanding it via a MicroSD card. The 3500mAh battery provides a good 8 to 9 hours of hi-fi music playback.
The FiiO X7 is priced at Rs 42,299.
Now, owning a hi-fi music player won't be much good if the headphones you use are not up to the mark. It is important for the headphones to be handle the sound quality of the device.
For this reason, the Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Headphones are the best choice. It is a well-designed, sturdy headphone that can be folded up for compact storage. It is Bluetooth enabled and comes equipped with active noise-cancellation to block off any and every bit of ambient noise.
Immerse yourself in the music of your choice with the excellent Sennheiser Momentum.
The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Headphones are priced at Rs 34,990.
Now you may have a bulky wireless headphones to answer your musical needs at home, what about those long boring commutes? Those are the times when we need our music with us the most.
The Klipsch Reference X6i earphones are perfect for this. Sturdy, durable and Klipsch's heritage audiophile-grade sound, all rolled into one. It is bass-heavy but fits comfortable inside the ear because of Klipsch's patented earbuds. It also comes in a flatcord design which prevents the earphones from getting tangled. A nifty carrying case is also provided.
As for the sound, the R6i favors the bass lovers, with even the mids warmed up and rich. But what it lacks in treble, it makes up by giving a rich texture to the sound.
The Klipsch Reference X6i is priced at Rs 7,990.
Portable Bluetooth Speakers
Okay, riddle me this. You have your music needs sorted for both when you are at home or while you are commuting, but what about those times you are outdoors vacationing with your gang and suddenly everyone's in a mood to groove?
Cue the UE Boom 2 Bluetooth portable speakers. The rugged, stain and shock resistant and waterproof offering from sound veteran Ultimate Ears, is a treat to the ears. The UE Boom 2 can be taken just about anywhere and trust it to fill the surrounding with rich, dynamic music. It has a long battery life of 15 hours and can also be paired with a second UE speaker to enable a stereo sound experience.
The UE Boom2 Portable Speakers are priced at Rs 15,990.
Media Streaming Device
So you think all your music needs are sorted with the above mentioned devices? Wait till you are stuck inside a room with ancient wired soundboxes and you desperately need make everyone listen to that obscure Led Zep song, you have always rated to so high.
Sound traumatic? We advise you to go get the Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter and turn just about any speaker into a wireless music streaming monster that they should be. Stream all your music from your smartphone or tablet to any speaker with a 3.5mm or an RCA jack. Plug the device into any stereo, boombox, AV receiver, TV or even that old pair of PC speakers you have lying around. Pair the adapter with your smartphone or PMP and play your music sitting from the other room, guerilla style.
The Logitech Bluetooth Audio Adapter is priced at Rs 2,295.
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