I had always wondered how and when tinned can food got started.
You, sir, have obviously never watched James Burke.
The old connections videos are up on youtube if you want to see them.
- YouTube the episode about canning among other things.
Interesting…the Franklin Arctic Expedition of 1845 was the first to carry canned food…however, the food was supplied by a crook named Stephen Goldner. There is good evidence that these cans were improperly sealed, and improperly cooked/sterilized…leading to death by botulism poisoning.
I also recall that tinsmiths of the day used all kinds of nasty solders to seal the cans…tin/lead solder, with arsenic as a flux-there was enough lead and arsenic to make the foods pretty lethal!
You stole my comment!