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Though some may consider these a necessity and others may think them an extravagance, here are just a few items that have (hopefully!) improved the way we work in the kitchen.

A multiple-choice quiz by mlcmlc. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
mlcmlc
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
381,717
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
8 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. In 1858 John Landis Mason received a patent for an innovation which improved the way that food could be preserved. Which of the following items did he get the patent for? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Though the patent for this handy item was filed in 1901 by Roberta Lawson and Mary Molaren, it didn't become popular until a few years later when Thomas Sullivan began shipping his product in them. Which of the items listed below does this describe? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. The Scott Paper Company originally marketed toilet paper rolls. It wasn't until 1907 that they added a product which was the forerunner of paper towels. What was the original product name? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. In 1911, spurred by an argument between a farmer and a hotel owner, newspaper owner Joseph Coyle invented a way to package and transport a very fragile commodity. Which of these containers did he file a patent for? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Harry Brearley from Sheffield, England, is often credited with the invention of a rustless metal that can be often be found in kitchen appliances or tableware. Which of these alloys does this describe? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. The Corning Glass Works Company was working on a project to provide shatter-proof lantern globes. When Bessie Littleton's casserole dish broke, her husband brought home "dishes" made from the new glass. This would lead to a new brand of cooking glassware, can you identify it from the list below? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Bread had been toasted in (or next to) a fire for centuries before any toaster was invented. Starting in the 1800s there were many versions of electrical toasters, but it wasn't until 1921 that Charles P. Strite would be granted a patent for what has become the most popular version. Which of these types of toasters has become most prevalent in today's kitchens? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. When first invented, blenders generally had a motor on a stand with a long spinning blade to be submerged in the ingredients to be mixed. They were originally used for mixing milkshakes. It wasn't until 1935 that a specially designed container would sit atop the motor. Though Frederick Osius worked on improving the original, which bandleader would further improve it and re-market using his own name? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. When first marketed by Raytheon in 1947 this kitchen appliance was over five feet tall and weighed 750 pounds. Which of the appliances listed below would take several decades to become so popular that they would be found in most homes? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Kitchen graters have multiple surfaces to enable them to grate different types of foods. It wasn't until the mid-1990s that a woodworking tool would gain popularity and replace the tried-and-true grater in applications requiring a finer texture. Can you identify which of the following tools this describes? Hint



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1. In 1858 John Landis Mason received a patent for an innovation which improved the way that food could be preserved. Which of the following items did he get the patent for?

Answer: Mason jars

Prior to Mason's invention which combined a screw-top jar with a matching lid and rubber ring, the jars were sealed with wax. Sealing with wax was not an easy method and very prone to error.

Mason was granted the patent in 1868, but a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1876 ruled that the patent had been abandoned to the public. Some of the decision points were that: the invention was completed in 1859--eight or nine years prior to the application for patent; Mason created a model and had glass-makers Reed & Co. manufacture at least two dozen jars in 1859; he sold some of those jars; and Mason left the model jars at Reed until, not knowing how to contact Mason, they finally sold them at auction.
2. Though the patent for this handy item was filed in 1901 by Roberta Lawson and Mary Molaren, it didn't become popular until a few years later when Thomas Sullivan began shipping his product in them. Which of the items listed below does this describe?

Answer: tea bag

Thomas Sullivan began using silk pouches to send samples to his customers, and intended to use it only to introduce product to his customers. But when customers began brewing the tea in the bags, the demand was created.

Though not the first to use tea bags, Lipton does claim to have introduced the tea bag with brewing instructions on the tag.

Tea drinkers all have preferential methods for preparing their tea, but the tea bag offers drinkers a convenient measure of tea ready to be brewed.
3. The Scott Paper Company originally marketed toilet paper rolls. It wasn't until 1907 that they added a product which was the forerunner of paper towels. What was the original product name?

Answer: Sani-Towels

Many of the sites where I researched this report a story of serendipity. The Scott Paper Company had been selling toilet paper, but one railroad car delivery in 1907 had paper rolls that were too thick to be used for that purpose. Arthur Scott had read an article about a teacher distributing pieces of soft paper (to use and dispose of) to reduce the incidence of students getting sick from colds. With this idea in mind, the paper was perforated into small disposable towels.

The "Sani-Towels" were advertised as "For use once by one user". It wasn't until 1931 that the name was changed to "ScotTowels". Paper towels today generally are sold in rolls for home use, but are also sold in stacks of tissues for other uses such as restroom towels.
4. In 1911, spurred by an argument between a farmer and a hotel owner, newspaper owner Joseph Coyle invented a way to package and transport a very fragile commodity. Which of these containers did he file a patent for?

Answer: egg carton

From records I found, it appears that Coyle applied for patents in both Canada (filed 1927, issued 1930) and the U.S. (filed 1927, issued 1933).

As a newspaper owner in Aldermere, British Columbia, he was privy to the argument between the farmer, George Demell, and the hotel owner, Jack McNeill. He also has access to a large quantity of pulp from the paper process. His egg cartons grew in popularity and eventually he sold the newspaper and started a business to market the cartons. When this venture was not successful, he moved to the U.S. to find financing.

Though there have been improvements over time (e.g., the materials used to make the cartons), his basic invention has been utilized for over a hundred years.
5. Harry Brearley from Sheffield, England, is often credited with the invention of a rustless metal that can be often be found in kitchen appliances or tableware. Which of these alloys does this describe?

Answer: stainless steel

Brearley, head of Brown Firth Laboratories, was actually looking for an improvement in rusting gun barrels. Today there are many grades of stainless steel and the alloy has been used many applications. In a kitchen you might find it in cutlery, a sink, or even counter tops.

In just over a hundred years so many other uses for stainless steel have been found. It has been used architecturally in buildings, bridges and monuments (e.g., the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO). Many surgical instruments are also made from stainless steel which can easily be sterilized.
6. The Corning Glass Works Company was working on a project to provide shatter-proof lantern globes. When Bessie Littleton's casserole dish broke, her husband brought home "dishes" made from the new glass. This would lead to a new brand of cooking glassware, can you identify it from the list below?

Answer: Pyrex

The Pyrex brand came to the marketplace in 1915, and would eventually find its way into most American kitchens. Over the years they have manufactured many designs and used both bold colors and patterns to differentiate their products.

To celebrate their 100th anniversary, Pyrex created a measuring cup that would be a Guinness World Record holder. The cup was just over 4 feet and was unveiled filled with approximately 75 pounds or 3,040 cups of Garrett Popcorn.
7. Bread had been toasted in (or next to) a fire for centuries before any toaster was invented. Starting in the 1800s there were many versions of electrical toasters, but it wasn't until 1921 that Charles P. Strite would be granted a patent for what has become the most popular version. Which of these types of toasters has become most prevalent in today's kitchens?

Answer: pop-up

Some of the types of toasters included the Swinger (a swinging door), the Percher (the bread was placed atop the heating elements), and the Flopper (a hinged door that would drop open for bread placement and retrieval). The pop-up toaster eventually became the most popular version. The toaster was patented for home use in 1929, but it wasn't until 1930 when Wonder Bread (and other bread companies soon followed) began to sell pre-sliced bread that their popularity really surged.

For modern kitchens there are many colors and designs of pop-up toasters. In addition, we have the option of toaster ovens, many of which can be used to prepare others foods as well.
8. When first invented, blenders generally had a motor on a stand with a long spinning blade to be submerged in the ingredients to be mixed. They were originally used for mixing milkshakes. It wasn't until 1935 that a specially designed container would sit atop the motor. Though Frederick Osius worked on improving the original, which bandleader would further improve it and re-market using his own name?

Answer: Fred Waring

Frederick Osius needed financial assistance after patenting his blender in 1933. He went to Fred Waring and pitched his product during the break of a live radio broadcast. Eventually Waring would rename the Miracle Mixer to the Waring Blender.

Hospitals and medical researchers also began using the Waring Blender, and in 1953 Dr. Jonas Salk utilized a version of the blender during the development of the polio vaccine.
9. When first marketed by Raytheon in 1947 this kitchen appliance was over five feet tall and weighed 750 pounds. Which of the appliances listed below would take several decades to become so popular that they would be found in most homes?

Answer: microwave

The microwave was patented in 1946 by the Raytheon Company. Dr. Percy Spencer was working on a research project when he discovered a melted candy bar in his pocket. Further research showed that the microwaves could cook food. The first product was named Radarange, but because of the new technology, cost, size and weight, it really wasn't very popular. It wasn't until the 1960s that a unit was built that would sit on a counter top.

Spencer was working for Raytheon on a Department of Defense contract, but he was certainly able to think out of the box when the unexpected happened.
10. Kitchen graters have multiple surfaces to enable them to grate different types of foods. It wasn't until the mid-1990s that a woodworking tool would gain popularity and replace the tried-and-true grater in applications requiring a finer texture. Can you identify which of the following tools this describes?

Answer: microplane

The grater was reportedly invented by François Boullier. During times when cheese was in surplus, it would harden and the grater made it easier to incorporate into meals. His grater is now displayed in the Muséum du Havre. There are also references that Isaac Hunt invented the grater in the same decade, but I couldn't find much more information than just the claims.

The microplane was originally created by Grace Manufacturing, Inc., as a woodworking tool. It wasn't until 1994 when Lorraine Lee got frustrated with her grater that she tried a tool from her husband Leondard's store, Lee Valley Tools. The orange zest being grated for an Armenian cake, fell like snowflakes. The Lee's changed the catalog description of the tool, and began selling it for kitchen use. Grace Manufacturing has continued to evolve their products also, and now include a microplane to shave dead skin from a human foot.
Source: Author mlcmlc

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