On June 3, 1841, Nicolas Appert was buried in Massy, France. Appert is remembered as the “Father of Canning.” He invented an effective method of preserving food in airtight cans and jars, so they will not spoil. Appert wrote a book describing his method of boiling filled jars sealed with cork and wax. Storing food in airtight metal cans quickly followed. Because of the hard work of people like Nicolas Appert, explorers and researchers can safely participate in expeditions to extreme climates where a food supply may not always be available.

 

Appert's invention, along with refrigeration, is responsible for the diets we all now enjoy. Foods in jars and cans are shipped from all across the world to your local grocery store. We now can eat foods that are not locally grown or produced, or foods that are not in season. 

Noun

all weather conditions for a given location over a period of time.

Noun

foods eaten by a specific group of people or other organisms.

expedition
Noun

journey with a specific purpose, such as exploration.

explorer
Noun

person who studies unknown areas.

Noun

material, usually of plant or animal origin, that living organisms use to obtain nutrients.

invention
Noun

new idea, machine, product, device, or process.

spoil
Verb

to rot or ruin.