Issue #9 – Before Technology: Refrigerator

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By Dominique Clay-Brown and Mollie Colon

How did people keep food
from spoiling before electric
refrigerators?

 

Well, Circles knows…

 

One way people kept their food from spoiling was by butchering their meat right before they ate it. But if food needed to be stored ancient cultures would put their food in caves, cold streams, or burry it in snow. In the 1800’s Ice Houses and Ice Boxes became popular. Chunks of ice would be packed in salt, wrapped in flannel, and stored in underground “houses” to be used when the weather was warmer.

Ice boxes were made of wood and lined with different insulating materials. It had two compartments; one for ice and one for food.

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