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Saturday, June 16, 2007

POTATO CHIPS

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the Earth (Genesis 1:1 KJV) This includes the trees and flowers, the critters and fowl, the herbs of the fields, and the POTATO!
Now when you pull one of these things from the ground it is not impressive at all. It looks like a lump of dirt and smells like it too. However, once washed and all the dirt is scrubbed off it begins to look rather interesting.

I grew up eating potatoes, fried, baked, in soup and salads, even raw. I liked them then and still do. But I am heading off into the wrong direction with this post. What I really want to do is tell you about Potato Chips. I think the following info came from Wikipedia. Don't you just love that site?

It is believed that potato chips were invented by chef George Crum, at the Moon Lake Lodge in Sarasota Springs, New York in 1853. It seems he had a customer who complained that his fried potatoes were too thick so the chef decided to make some so thin that they couldn't be eaten with a fork. He was surprised when the customed loved the potatoes and they became a popular item on his menu known as Saratoga Chips. They soon became popular throughout New England.

A mass marketed potato chip didn't become popular until a traveling salesman invented the automatic potato peeler. Before the airtight sealed bag was developed, chips were stored in barrels or tins but the ones at the bottom were usually stale and damp. A Laura Scudder invented the bag by ironing two pieces of waxed paper and creating an airtight seal. Today chips are stored in plastic bags with nitrogen gas blown in prior to sealing to lengthen shelf life and provide protection from crushing. In 2002 the world wide sales volume of Potato Chips amounted to more than 30 billion dollars.

So are potato chips good for us? HAHAHAHAHA! dream on. Each ounce of innocent and skinny looking chips provided us with 150 calories and 10 g. of fat (That's for the plain, unflavored chips) They are loaded with sodium at 180 mg and if you like the flavored chips, you will be getting a good size dose of MSG as well. (I did find a Frito Lay site listing some their products made without MSG)

Ok so now you know about potato chips. (As if you really wanted to! LOL)

This is a very silly post. It's late, I'm tired. God bless us everyone and thank you lord for creating the potato.

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