November 30, 2013

On this day November 30th...

DARC Ethiophile Chronicle

On November 30, 1875 Alexander P. Ashbourne patents the biscuit cutter.

Not much is known about Alexander's life beside the fact that In the 1870s he was a successful dry foods grocer in Philadelphia. Alexander later moved to Oakland, California to start his own dry foods business. In Oakland, Alexander was one of the area's most respected black citizens.

Before the Biscuit Cutter was invented Cooks would mix the biscuit dough together and shape it by hand. By 1875 Alexander patented his invention. The original Biscuit Cutter had a board to roll the biscuits on, which was connected to a metal plate with different types of shapes on it. After the dough was rolled out, the metal plate is push down to create populous biscuits shapes at the same time. The Biscuit Cutter was spring-loaded so that the biscuits would come out easily.

The Biscuit can be dated all the way from Roman Times. In Latin the Biscuit means "twiced-cooked". Biscuits in the United States were very popular in the 1800s, especially in the South.

 

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