The Basics – Backgrounder on Food Additives. ‘The use of food additives is an emotional topic which continues to provoke consumer concern. Despite modern-day associations food additives have been used for centuries. Food preservation began when man first learned to safeguard food from one harvest to the next and by the salting and smoking of meat and fish. The Egyptians used colours and flavourings, and the Romans used saltpetre (potassium nitrate), spices and colours for preservation and to improve the appearance of foods. Cooks regularly used baking powder as a raising agent, thickeners for sauces and gravies, and colours, such as cochineal, to transform good-quality raw materials into foods that were safe, wholesome and enjoyable to eat. The overall aims of traditional home cooking remain the same as those prepared and preserved by today’s food manufacturing methods.’
Thoughts Aside: A lot of attention is paid to kitchen island furniture these days. Once upon a time, a kitchen had nothing but kitchen cabinets as the only object of adornment. Now one can have 2 fridges, microwave, electrical appliances and even a convection oven, suiting to each ones personality.