Time for a pickle history lesson! "Napoleon valued pickles as a health asset for his armies, so much so that he offered the equivalent of $250,000 to anyone who could develop a way to preserve food safely. The man who won the prize in 1809 was a confectioner named Nicholas Appert, who figured out that if you removed the air from a bottle and boiled it, the food wouldn't spoil. He'd have to wait for Pasteur to describe why by making the bottle airtight, no microorganisms could enter, and by boiling it, any microorganisms that existed were killed. Known today as the “boiling water bath,” Appert's discovery was one of the most influential culinary contributions in history."*
Swipe to see the hot water bath process behind our Hickory Brussels Sprouts, and thank Napoleon, and Nicholas Appert, that we can enjoy seasonal flavors all year in a shelf-stable jar!
*Quoted from Dana Terebelski and Nancy Ralph for the NY Food Museum, 2003.