28 days of Black Inventions: Food Preservation


28 days of Black Inventions

February 19th, 2017

Food Preservation

As we normally do this time of year, we’re going to celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging 28 of the most influential, world changing inventions by Black People. Our goal is to shed light on some inventions that most people probably didn’t know about, some of the lessor known inventions as well some of the more notable inventions. So, join us on our 28-day journey and you might learn a thing or two.

Food Preservation

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The many things we take for granted are too numerous to count. We live in a Point & Click world, our very sense of normalcy is predicated on speed. We eat at fast food restaurants, microwave our leftover dinners, we purchase and receive items immediately over the Internet. These things are possible because of the hard work of many Scientists, Engineers & Inventors. One of the many Inventions of yesteryear takes to opposite approach, it’s based on preserving time. Lengthening the amount of time you can save food by methods other than freezing and refrigerating.

Ever wonder how you can order Steak online and have it delivered to your home fresh? There are many processes that allow for this to happen, most of them were created with the intent to preserve the quality and shelf life of specific kinds of food. Ranging from Meat all the way to Bread, adding certain chemicals to the food or packaging developed for this sole reason. The handling of food is already a delicate process, so preserving it also presented some challenges, challenges that were met.

Lloyd Augustus Hall

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Lloyd Augustus Hall, a highly esteemed African American Chemist and Inventor with over 25 Patents attached to his name. All in the field of Food Preservation. He Invented many ways to preserve the shelf life of food. By studying many different anti-aging effects attributed to spices. Especially when it came to Curing Meat. Notice how there are certain meat in the supermarket that looks like its shrink wrapped in plastic. That is one of the many formulas and Patents attributed to Mr. Hall’s genius.

 

Throughout the course of his life, he continued to create new ways to preserve food after receiving his 1st Patent in 1932 & the last one in 1958. The proof is in the Documents, Mr. Hall was highly regarded in the field of Food Preservation and received countless Awards that helped cement his legacy. His story wasn’t without the typical Trials & Tribulations associated with being African American in a country that supported Segregation & Jim Crow Laws. Being turned down by Western Electric Company for being Black, after being offered the job over the phone was just one of the many hurdles he had to leap.

Editor’s Note:

His contribution the world wasn’t one based on saving time, but more on preserving time. The Modern Supermarket would probably not exist in its current form without the Food Preservation Inventions by Mr. Lloyd Augustus Hall. #Thankyou

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