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1970s Food & Beverage
1970s COOKING AND RECIPES
Cooking in the 1970s? 1000 things you can do with tofu and guacamole? We shall see as we explore the culinary delights of the 1970s!
Microwaving: A New Cooking Term
The microwave oven has added a new term to our cooking language. "Microwaving" means to cook, heat or defrost foods with microwave energy. Microwaving is a new type of cooking which has its own special benefits, and produces its own food characteristics. Some microwaved foods may be different from what you expect when cooking in a conventional oven or on the range top. The difference may be in appearance, in improved flavor and juiciness or in cooking technique. 1977 from The General Electric Microwave Guide & Cookbook
By 1977, things had begun to change for women in the United States - and that is evident in this advertisement for the Rival Crock-Pot which appeals to the time management sensibilities of women who were holding down two jobs: The Working Woman's Dream!
Other things were changing as well... New technologies meant new
appliances in the kitchen.
"There is a quiet revolution going on; scientists and engineers have crept almost unnoticed into the kitchen and presented us with opportunities that can and will eventually change the quality of our lives, enabling us to save literally hours each week in preparing and cooking food." Food Processor Cookery, 1976What are these opportunities of which they speak? The three kitchen wonders are none other than the deep freezer, the microwave oven, and the food processor!
The author is especially impressed by the food processor:
"The food processor is a mind-boggling miracle of modern ingenuity. When you own one, your will wonder how you ever managed to live without it, and why you spent so much time doing a thousand jobs that a machine would have done not only faster but better. In the opinion of the author, this is the single most important appliance in the kitchen other than a stove and a refrigerator, of course." Food Processor Cookery, 1976
Personally, I could live without a food processor, although I do have one. I did fine with a blender. What with the 20 or so parts that make up the food processor, and the clean-up, I only use mine for the big jobs. The appliance I throw fits over when I don't have one, is the dishwasher. All Hail the Dishwasher!
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Beach introduces the Butter-Up® Popper, a popcorn popper that
butters popcorn as it pops. The product’s see-thru lid doubles as a
1977: A Hamilton Beach blender is featured in a Dan Aykroyd skit as the “Super Bass-O-Matic 76” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
1978: Hamilton Beach introduces a blender with microprocessor controls.
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