100 years of food: these are the best and worst food trends of each decade
The tendencies Food issues come and go and are largely dictated by cultural, economic, social and geographic influence. Every year, decade and century have particular foods that stand out. Sometimes the trend goes on for decades, in which case it's not really a trend or a fad, is it?
Foods like canned meat, instant coffee, and gelatin se they have remained despite the fact that people started eating them in the early and mid-XNUMXth century. The foods in which a large percentage of the population of a country or region is concentrated are also related to changes in attitudes and values such as healthy eating, acceptance and incorporation of other cultures and care for the environment.
Superfoods became more popular to as people became more aware of the link between nutrition, health and longevity. Veganism and vegetarianism began to grow once people began to worry about the ozone layer.
There is growing concern about how raising animals for alimentación it damages the atmosphere and wastes agricultural space that could be used to grow crops other than corn. Globalization has seen people from cultures around the world live together and people have become fascinated with the kitchen of lands they have never visited.
Native foods from Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and South America have become fashionable and “cool”. Sometimes dishes from different cultures are combined and in some strange way symbolize the union of people from all over the world.
Food unites us as much as it defines us and distinguishes us from each other. One thing is for sure though, humans are fickle and always seem to be looking for the next big thing, and for that reason, there will always be changes in food consumerism. With that in mind, here are the best and worst food trends of every decade in the last 100 years.
Worst Of 20: Clam Broth
If you went back in time and sat down to dinner at a typical 20s family dinner, maybe you would taste and smell clam broth. If you're not a fan of seafood, the smell of clam chowder can be unpleasant, that might explain why most people aren't clamoring to try clam. Clam broth was made with milk, fresh clams, butter, salt, and pepper. The milk would be boiled and all the other ingredients would be added later. This fragrant, fishy soup was often served as an appetizer with crackers.
Best Of The 20s: Potato Gratin
This food trend is still popular today. People in the 1920s loved a little cheesy baked potato. It had potatoes, of course, grated cheese, butter, salt and pepper, flour and milk. The potatoes were cut into cubes and washed.
The water was drained and the potato cubes were layered in a buttered baking dish with cheese. Salt and pepper with butter were added. Thick cups of milk with butter and flour were poured over the potatoes. Grated cheese, more salt and pepper were added. Everything was cooked until the top was golden brown and the potatoes were tender.
Worst Of 30: Gelatin Salad
Once people were able to buy refrigerators and realized that they could preserve and cool food, they invented new culinary masterpieces. The gelatin salad trend was an unfortunate side effect of the refrigerator as a technology upgrade and powdered gelatin as a food.
Some of the worst jelly salads included canned tuna or chicken and shredded vegetables in jelly flavored with lime or strawberry. Imagine biting into something sweet and landing on meat and vegetables. Gross! Fortunately, the Jell-O salads did not continue until these days. Jello on its own can be quite a tasty dessert. Chicken and vegetables in a salad are equally acceptable. The motivation to style all three is difficult to understand.
Best Of 30: Devil Eggs
Devil Eggs stood out in the 30s and have been around ever since. The dish had been around since the late XNUMXth century, but as people tried to make creative and attractive dishes, somehow diabolical eggs made it onto the list. To make deviled eggs, cut the hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise, remove the yolks, and place in a bowl.
Place the egg whites in a serving dish. Crush the yolk until you get a past consistency. Mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper are added and mixed with the pasta. Spoonfuls of the pasta are piled on top of the egg whites. Some people lightly sprinkle paprika or chili flakes on top.
Worst Of 40: Spam
SPAM is the meat icon of the 40s. Canned meat still exists today, but it has lost some of its popularity. Some people swear by others they quit. The square combination of pork, water, salt, starch, sugar and sodium nitrate has sold more than 8 billion cans since it was invented.
It is now available in more than 40 countries around the world. It became popular due to its convenience and affordability. An example of SPAM is SPAM backwards. An 8-inch pan is lined with meat slices and filled with cookie dough. Bakes for 40-45 minutes at 425 degrees. Once this is done, the baked treat is turned over and a bowl of melted cheese is placed in the middle.
Best Of 40: Juice Concentrate
The 40s were also one of the least peaceful decades in history and food rationing was necessary to keep everyone fed and relatively healthy. Orange juice, along with cheerios, spam, and margarine were popular breakfast items.
Frozen Minute Maid was first introduced in the 40s and people liked it. As time passed, people got annoyed waiting for the juice to melt - Minute Maid arrived just in time to provide refrigerated orange juice that didn't need to be frozen and could be consumed in a minute or less. This game changer is still the number of people who drink orange juice today.
Worst Of The 50s: TV Dinners
If you're a fan of TV dinners, don't be offended by this statement - TV dinners are in the top 10 food trends of the last 100 years. The 50s were all about convenience, with women working outside the home much more than in previous years.
So there were far fewer home-cooked meals, and these offered an alternative that fit perfectly into the lives of busy households. The food came in packages or sachets. There was even soup in dry or liquid form.
He could have his food ready in 30 minutes and there were no dishes to wash. The thing is, TV dinners aren't the best tasting foods. The meals were often bland, too salty, too bland, or simply reminded him of eating in a health care institution. People still eat TV dinners with some variation today, but they are not as popular as they used to be.
Best Of 50s: Stews
Casseroles became a popular and convenient way to make use of leftover foods by incorporating them into other meals. A typical casserole was made with green beans and tuna.
Mac and cheese, usually a boxed variety, was cooked and then mixed with celery, soup, tuna, and green beans. Bread crumbs were sprinkled on top and the dish was baked for about 30 minutes at high temperature. This trend has not lost its influence on families throughout the Western world. People still enjoy a delicious and hearty casserole from time to time.
Worst Of The 60s: Shrimp Stuffed Apples
The sixties were full of many new gastronomic creations. Some were amazing and others strangers . There were things like spectacular frankfurters, shrimp sandwich and the most interesting thing in a strange way: apples stuffed with prawns.
The insides of the apples were removed and filled with mayonnaise, tomato puree, tobacco, pickles, olives, shrimp and parsley. A second shrimp landed on the side of the block. We've all heard of shrimp cocktails, but this is nothing like it. The taste was charming to some, others loathed it. Apples and shrimp should never collide in such a raw way.
Best Of The 60s: Instant Foods
This is the decade that saw the rise of canned instant foods that only required the addition of water to be edible. These include instant mashed potatoes, freeze-dried coffee, powdered cheese mixes, and dry coffee. One of the most notable brands that originated in the 1960s and has persisted to this day is Carination's Coffee-Mate.
Non-dairy creamers were already available, but this brand had a long shelf life and was attractive to those sensitive to dairy. It is still one of the best-selling creams in the United States. Imitation and instant products were such great inventions because they were affordable, easily accessible, and helped facilitate the fast-paced lifestyle that has become a way of life in the West.
Worst Of The 70s: Egg And Sardine Canapes
This was perhaps one of the worst dishes of the seventies. People would put cheese on things, I mean, they would put cheese on almost everything, but it was okay for the most part. However, another strange trend reappeared in his head.
People cooked rare meat dishes and this is one of them. First, the eggs are boiled, cut in half and the yolk is removed and crushed. Salt, pepper, mayonnaise, mustard and horseradish were mixed with the egg yolk.
This was put back into the egg whites and sardines were placed on top of the egg. In most cases, the fish was seasoned with bell pepper and olive slices. The strange egg sardines were placed on a platter and served with bread, cheese, and salami.
Best Of The 70s: Fondue And Quiche
The '70s were all about fondue - people raved about the melted cheese and the signature fondue pot. The pot would be placed in the center of the table during dinner and the guests would let the hot bubbly cheese cover the foods of their choice, usually bread and meat and sometimes fruits.
Quiche Lorraine was also a 70s staple. It's a dish filled with cheese, egg, and bacon, garnished with basil and often accompanied by a salad. The crust was buttery and flaky.
It is a versatile dish that can be served hot or cold. It was one of the great savory "cakes" of the 70s. Fondue and quiche share cheese as a common ingredient and it is no coincidence, during that decade, people decided to put cheese on everything.
Worst Of The 80s: Junk Food And Edible Consumerism
Thanks to television and print media advertisements, companies started marketing food like crazy. Most of these foods weren't necessarily healthy: Jawbreakers, Cool Ranch Doritos, artificially flavored fruit snacks, Tab Cola, and Capri Sun.
Some of these products are still available today and are not that bad when consumed in moderation. The 80s was when junk food consumption really took off in many parts of the world.
People who recall eating snacks and junk food from the 80s would say that the quality and the servings available back then were far superior to similar foods today. Regardless, these foods are not the best for people's health.
Best Of The 80s: Sushi And Other Asian-Inspired Cuisine
People ate Asian-inspired foods outside of Asia for years, but it wasn't until the 80s that they took hold of the kitchen western. The California roll was the kind of sushi for excellence and propelled the sushi movement forward.
It was not only served in restaurantsBut sushi was taking over supermarket shelves as well. It was also during this time that the restaurants Japan-inspired and other Asian-style ones opened in large numbers. Foods like General Tso chicken and cho mein found a place in the appetites and hearts of many people who until then had never tasted anything other than standard Western food.
Worst Of The 90s: Pre-Made Lunch Boxes
Parents were busy in the 90s because, at that time, most women worked outside the home. It was convenient to pack lunch boxes with foods that were not necessarily homemade or healthy. When we were kids, we loved sweet and sometimes savory items in our lunch boxes.
Foods like Doritos, Little Debbie Cakes, Sandwich Bologna, Power Ranger Lollipops, Fruit Strips, and Dunkaroos were stars in many kids' lunchtime meals. Of course, parents have the best of intentions when packing lunches, but these foods weren't ideal for growing minds and bodies.
Best Of '90s: Pasta Salad
Pasta, good, fruits and vegetables, even better, why not combine the two? Well that's what happened in the 90s. People were cooking tasty food combinations and the focus was often carbohydrates, carbohydrates, carbohydrates.
Deep dish pizza, potato sticks, spinach buns, and tater tots were popular foods at many family dinners. Pasta salads were one of the healthy options that parents used to get their children to eat their daily fruit and vegetable needs.
A typical dish would have pasta and fruits or pasta and vegetables. An example of a popular recipe during that time is Asian Chicken Pasta Salad. The cooked pasta was added to a bowl with broccoli, peas, bamboo shoots, cooked chicken, and red pepper. Peanut oil, soy sauce, garlic,
Worst Of The 2000s: Misleading Labeling
The mass marketing of regular foods disguised as organic was problematic. People loved organic food and sought it out. Supermarkets and large food chains realized this, they capitalized and sold "organic food" and charged Prices high.
Organic fruits, vegetables, ground groceries, etc., are the best options for people who want to consume food free from GMO, pesticide and insecticide interference. Truly organic foods are grown in fertile, nutrient-rich soils and cared for with fertilizers and TLC from farmers.
Eating organically is something most people did before the rise of industrialization and it was good. People who really wanted to eat organic lost faith in grocery store food labels.
Best Of The 2000s: Superfoods
Towards the end of the 2000s, the trend for healthy eating, veganism, and vegetarianism took off with fervor. Suddenly, people were talking about "superfoods this" and "superfoods that".
Superfoods are nutrient- and mineral-rich foods that are natural, unprocessed, and have enormous health benefits. It was around this time that the words acai berries became popular. People, even those who couldn't pronounce the name correctly, wanted to know about this fruit and what exactly it did.
The berries allegedly accelerated weight loss, fought heart disease, and gave boots of energy, as well as curing certain diseases. Other foods include agave, almonds, asparagus and blueberries which were star foods in the diet of health conscious people. Out of all this came the delicious and healthy breakfast bowls and smoothies.
Worst Of The 2010s: Kombucha
Kombucha is fermented green or black tea that is supposed to have a ton of health benefits. The exact origins are still unknown: some say it is from China, others say Russia. Regardless, it has made its way into the diets of many people around the world.
The flavor is acquired and invigorating, to say the least. It is another food that is said to have super properties, but there is no clear scientific information to back it up. In fact, consuming Kombucha can have serious repercussions that many people are unaware of. For example, it can lead to liver and kidney failure, seizures, and fainting. Despite all this, Kombucha is everywhere. The point is, it tastes awful and could seriously damage you, so drink at your own risk.
Best Of The 2010s: The Avocado Craze
Avocado Toast, Guacamole, Avocado Bowls, Avocado Tomato Salads - Avocados reigned supreme in the 2010s. Avocado is high in good fats and low in sugar.
The fruit is loaded with vitamin E, C, copper, fiber, and potassium. It is one of the definitive superfoods and rose to fame especially when it was placed on pieces of bread and served for breakfast. It is delicious and healthy and has gotten quite expensive over the years.
That has done nothing to reduce demand. Most of the avocado enjoyed in the west and other parts of the world is from Mexico, so it's not very difficult to say that avocado growers have been pretty busy over the last decade.