Potato Chips: Betcha Can’t Eat Just One!

potato_chipsIf you can’t eat just one potato chip, blame it on chef George Crum.  He  created the salty snack in 1853 at Moon’s Lake House near Saratoga Springs, New York.  Fed up with a customer who continuously sent his fried potatoes back, complaining that they were soggy and not crunchy enough, Crum sliced the potatoes as thin as possible, fried them in hot grease, then doused them with salt. The customer loved them and “Saratoga Chips” quickly became a popular item at the lodge and throughout New England.

Eventually, the chips were mass-produced for home consumption, but since they were stored in barrels or tins, they quickly went stale. Then, in the 1920s, Laura Scudder invented the airtight bag by ironing together two pieces of waxed paper, thus keeping the chips fresh longer. Laura was also the first person to put a date on packaging. 

I remember Laura Scudder potato chips from when I was a girl growing up in California…I also read where the male-dominated insurance companies wouldn’t insure her delivery trucks, but she finally found a lady insurance agent who took a chance on her.   The Laura Scudder name was sold to Borden in the late 1980s and now it is used by Smucker’s for a natural peanut butter.  I’ll have to look for it next time I’m out in California!

For more information on potato chips, check out Granny’s pages on Potatoes!

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Published in: on August 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. That’s pretty crazy. You don’t really think about the history of the potato chip as you munch them down, but they really do have a interesting background.

    hmm…I’m hungry.


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