The month of March is all about celebrating the exceptional women in our lives. The women who have contributed to shaping our world with their innovation, creativity, and intelligence. Today we celebrate 5 brilliant women who helped revolutionize the world of food with their great inventions.
- The Chocolate Chip Cookie
Who doesn’t love a chewy, delicious, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookie? The answer no one. This beloved sweet treat was invented in 1930 by Ruth Graves Wakefield when she was experimenting with her famous Butter Drop Cookies. She wanted to add a different spin to her signature recipe, so she decided to toss in some chopped chocolate bits creating this incredible dessert we enjoy today. If you’re craving this delicious treat head to the Waterfront Market and grab the ingredients needed for this recipe. The Waterfront Market provides you with a great shopping experience with a range of household goods, food products, frozen goods, baking items and much more.
Ruth Graves Wakefield recipe:
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of dissolved baking soda in warm water
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
Preheat your oven to 375°C.
Add butter, sugars, eggs then the baking soda dissolved in hot water.
Mix in the flour, salt then stir in the chocolate chips, and vanilla.
Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough onto lightly greased baking tray and bake until for 10 to 12 minutes.
- The Ice Cream Maker
Can you imagine a world without a delicious scoop of chocolate ice cream, sounds scary right? Well, Nancy Johnson decided to spare us this nightmare and created the ice cream maker in 1847, because there simply nothing as great as a refreshing scoop of ice cream during a hot summer day. Wonderful things don’t come that easy, her design consisted of a moveable crank that she had to hand-churn for 45 minutes to produce a rich and creamy batch of ice cream.
- Coffee Filters
Thank you Melitta Bentz for keeping us awake every morning. Bentz was the brilliant mind behind the coffee filter brewing system in 1908. It all started a sheet of paper from her son’s school notebook and a punctured brass pot. Her experiment was a huge success and she went to create her own company, which still sells coffee beans, coffee filters, coffeemakers and more.
- Frozen Pizza
You have had a long day at work and all you want to do is go home, pop in a frozen pizza in the oven and enjoy it while you watch your favourite TV show. Well you can thank Rose Totino for that perfect pizza night. She owned a pizzeria with her husband in 1952, it was until 1962 when she started sending her customers with her delicious frozen pizzas to bake at home.
- The Dishwasher
No one really likes stacks and stack of dishes pilled in the kitchen sink, well Josephine Cochrane wasn’t a huge fan either that’s why she decided to bless us with one of the greatest inventions ever, the dishwasher. Cochrane received a patent for her invention in 1886, but it wasn’t till the 1950s when the dishwasher became a standard appliance in every household.
Next time you are enjoying a sweet chocolate chip cookie or wake up to the aromatic smell of coffee brewing in the kitchen, remember this incredible feeling you have right now wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for a woman.