Frozen Food Day
The 6th of March is Frozen Food Day; in fact, all of March is Frozen Food Month.
People have been freezing food for millennia, whether on purpose, or, by accident. Anytime the snow fell and the lakes froze up, anything you left outside froze right up with everything else, too.
Of course, today’s definition of quality frozen food that you want to eat once it’s thawed is a little more involved than that, and involved, amongst other things, an understanding of how ice crystals form in foods being frozen.
Today is celebrated as Frozen Food Day 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. 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.”
Home freezer. Coffee Danube Still Life Photography / flickr.com / 2013 / CC BY-SA 2.0
Suggested activities for teachers include taking a class to visit the local supermarket’s frozen food section or visiting a frozen food plant.
At home, you could 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.
Frozen food store in Ireland. William Murphy / flickr.com / 2007 / CC BY-SA 2.0
It should be noted that such Presidential “special day” proclamations as the 1984 one by Reagan apply only to that actual year, and have no official force in future years. Consequently, a small, break-away dissident group seems to have emerged which believes that Frozen Food Day should be observed on 2 February.
At any rate, 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!
Home freezer. Francois Schnell / flickr.com / 2010 / CC BY 2.0