Kitchens seem to be the place that really tells a whole socio-economic story. From basic fire hearths to the extravagance we can easily find today each era brought a new way to cook. Here are some rather fascinating facts about kitchens and the things you find in them.
Show Me the Money
The most expensive kitchen in the world by designer Cladio Celiberti was unveiled in 2011 at a whopping 1.6 million dollars. The small kitchen boasts Swarovski crystal and copper surfaces.
In the Middle Ages turning meat on a spit was no one’s favorite job. When there is work to be done and you don’t want to do it what do you do? You outsource. Dogs with short legs were bred to run in a wheel during cooking to run the spit.
Blame the Kitchen
If you are one of the many Americans paying your orthodontist a small ransom for tooth realignment you can thank something found in most every kitchen. Your utensils. Before the ability to cut food into small bite sizes the act of biting down on food prevented people from developing an overbite
Horse Before the Cart?
Sometimes innovations come out of order. Take for example the kitchen staple of canned food. I am sure everyone owns at least 1 can opener, but when canned food was first introduced the handy kitchen tool had not been thought up. It took 45 years for the can opener to be invented.
New Isn’t Always Better
Everyone wants to be the most efficient and there is never a shortage of ideas to make things easier. During the 64 years between 1856 and 1920 there were almost 700 patents for egg beaters. Remarkably we all still use the French design from the 16th century.
Not a Bad Math Joke
Speaking of making life easier one kitchen innovation that stuck was the “kitchen work triangle”. In 1920 focus on the ergonomics and efficiency became a focal point in kitchen design. By 1929 the first L-shaped kitchen was introduced and by 1940 the “kitchen work triangle” became the staple for a good kitchen design.
So now you are armed with new useless information that will help you win your next round of trivia. Who knows, maybe you now hold the answer to a winning Jeopardy question.
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