Chef George Crum was the first to come up with a recipe for potato chips. He worked at Moon’s Lake House near Saratoga Springs, New York.  One of his customers kept complaining that the potatoes were too thick, wet, and soggy. George got fed up, sliced the potatoes very thinly so that they could not be eaten with a fork, and stir fried them in a pan. The customer (rumored to be Cornelius Vanderbilt) was ecstatic with the crunchy chips. George called them Saratoga Chips and decided to put them on the regular menu at his establishment. This all occurred on August 24, 1853. It wasn’t until 1910 that potato chips began being mass produced and sold for home consumption.

 Pilot bread was the precursor to the saltine cracker. Pearson & Sons Bakery of Newburyport, Massachusetts first began selling these dense and hard crackers which was similar to the food that sailors ate on their ships. Josiah Bent Bakery, also in Newburyport, was watching the sales of pilot bread and in 1801 came up with an improvement. They wanted a better tasting cracker that was light and crisp and still could be taken on ships. So the soda cracker came into being. Nabisco came along and dusted the cracker with salt and came up with the “Polly wants a cracker” slogan.

 The Reverend Sylvester Graham used coarsely ground wheat flour in his “Graham Bread”. He claimed that eating processed white flour caused many and various ailments. This philosophy fit right into the health craze that ran rampant during the 1820s and 1830s in this country. Nabisco came along and successfully marketed the Graham cracker by adding some honey to the recipe. Now graham crackers have both honey and processed flour in them. Sylvester would be immensely disturbed by all this if he knew.

 The interesting thing is that all of these have one thing in common. That one thing is ‘crunch’. Good, healthy crackers with ‘crunchiness’ can be created with the proper amount of dehydration and or baking. Crackers and chips that are seasoned well are delicious with condiments and spreads even if you do not want to create ‘crisp’. It is all a matter of taste!

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