Listen: Love Chicken Nuggets? Thank Cornell Poultry Professor Robert C. Baker
"Future food scientists. Robert Baker was a boy when the Great Depression cut the legs out from under Americans especially early in the plains states where years of irresponsible agriculture practices led to the dust bowl. The Baker family which raised fruit in the summer and chickens pins in the winter. Had to get good at making a small amount of food feed as many people as possible. This way of thinking stayed with Robert through his years us at Cornell University where he majored in pathology the study and cultivation of fruit he graduated in forty three and went to work for the Cornell cooperative extension as a liaison between the university research centers and local farmers World War to increase the demand for chicken and the poultry. Three farmers had developed ways to grow their output including advances in genetics and feet but when the war was over the demand dropped farmers. Farmers didn't want to give up income by decreasing production so they had to find ways to increase the market for chicken from simple old timey market stalls to mid century injury grocers chickens were almost always sold whole which people were finding increasingly inconvenient as opposed to be for poor which came in cuts. Meanwhile Baker had begun to develop more of an interest in that aspect of his family's business the chicken raising he was hired by Cornell as an assistant professor in poultry science tasked with finally ways to encourage people to eat more chicken he and his team worked in a lab filled with grinders blenders and deboning machines jeans trying to develop test and taste new chicken products they created chicken Bologna chicken sausage chicken hot dogs and chicken patties. SHRIMP AROUND SUIT SHRIMPS DO SHRIMP Salad. Shrimp Input Titles Shrimp Burger Shrimp Sandwich. Last best westbound it. They also developed the broiler chicken a two to three pound chicken. More attractive to consumers and quicker to produce for farmers and found ways is to encourage people to eat more eggs. His most important achievement was a method that process chicken which allowed the meat to be shaped in any way possible. This gave birth to Baker's greatest invention. The chicken stick Baker in a student figured out a way to keep the ground chicken meat together and get a delicious batter to adhere to it. I put raw chicken and a grinder with salt and vinegar to take out the moisture. Then they added powdered milk and mashed up grains which helped to hold it together. Are they molded. The process chicken into sticks pros them dip them in battering cornflake crumbs and I again. They developed a package contested it at a local supermarket within six weeks. They were selling two hundred boxes a day. If I'm saying Baker invented the chicken nugget. Why isn't his name is well known as Ray KROC or even the McDonalds brothers? Baker didn't patent is chicken sticks or anything that he and his team created said Robert Grovonni Cornell professor who studied under Baker. He literally gave ideas away and other people patent at them. Plus Cornell had published the whole process and all of his recipes in the April nineteen sixty three issue of agricultural economics research publication that was distributed for free to over five hundred companies including McDonald's in nineteen seventy seven the McGovern report was released urging Americans for the first time to eat eat less red meat burgers took a real. Pr Hit and sales dropped. People wanted chicken and McDonald's wanted their money so they began to make their own frozen breaded chicken product using Baker's process though their shape circled the bell boot ball and bow in March in nineteen eighty. Fifteen Knoxville Tennessee. McDonald's debuted a new product the chicken mcnugget it set sales records and soon chicken nuggets. Were we're at every McDonald's worldwide over two billion servings and that can be anywhere from four to twenty nuggets at time are sold each year which is not doing us any favors withhold obesity thing and. That's ironic when you remember that. It came from a desire to make scarce food go farther. Though Baker never saw revenue share from those billions of sales he did get inducted into the American Poultry Hall of fame in two thousand four. So he's got that going for him in which is nice."