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Frozen Food Day

6 March

The 6th of March is Frozen Food Day; in fact, all of March is Frozen Food Month.

People have been freezing food for millenia. Seriously, anytime the snow fell and the lakes froze up, anything you left outside froze right up with everything else, too. And in the Arctic, frozen food is a no-brainer. Heck, the challenge is thawing it enough to sink your teeth into.

It's celebrated today owing to a proclamation issued on 6 March 1984 by American President Ronald Reagan, Proclamation Number 5157, proclaiming 6 March 1984 to officially be Frozen Food Day. Note, though, that such proclamations always apply only to the current year, and have no official force in future years. President Reagan noted that in 1984 the American frozen food industry was celebrating "its fifty-fourth year of service to the people of America and the world." He went on to say, "Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 6, 1984, as Frozen Food Day, and I call upon the American people to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

Suggested activites for teachers include taking a class to visit the local supermarket's frozen food section (yup, that'll hold their attention, alright) or visting a frozen food plant (presumably at least the 12 foot square front office that the public is allowed into for safety reasons.)

What you can do for fun is to try to make an entire meal out of frozen foods, right down to what you drink with the meal and have for dessert. While reaching for frozen TV Dinners isn't exactly cheating, though, the ease might take half the fun out of it.

A small dissident group holds that Frozen Food Day should be observed on 2 February.

And sometime today, raise a glass to Michelangelo Buonarroti (as in the artist, born 1475) and Elizabeth Barrett Browning (the poet, born 1806.) Both of them share 6 March birthdays!

See also:

All March food days

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Oulton, Randal. "Frozen Food Day." CooksInfo.com. Published 12 March 2004; revised 22 June 2009. Web. Accessed 02/24/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/frozen-food-day>.

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