1927Clarence Birdseye invented the frozen packaging of fish.People and Communities, Economy and Industry, Local Businesses, Notable People

“Clarence Birdseye at his home,” September 6, 1955. Barbara Erkkila, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 12366
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Birdseye’s machine squeezed waterproof cartons holding two-inch blocks of fish between freezing plates that were kept between 20 and 50 degrees below Fahrenheit, for 75 minutes. The cartons never came into contact with the refrigerant and the neat packages were suitable for marketing to individual customers. Birdseye applied to patent his multi-plate freezing machine. This invention, along with the process that went with it, became the basis of the new frozen food industry.

Kurlansky, Mark. Birdseye: The Adventures of a Curious Man. 1st ed. New York: Doubleday, 2012. Richards, Alison. “Clarence Birdseye And His Fantastic Frozen Food Machine.” NPR, 18 May 2012, https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2012/05/18/152743718/clarence-birdseye-and-his-fantastic-frozen-food-machine.
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