Recently, the Pioneer Woman mentioned clementines (or Cuties as they’re often branded), and how they seem to have displaced other, harder to peel oranges in her house. And it got me thinking about how clementines (or Picnics as they’re known in my house since they were introduced to us at a picnic) are the orange-colored citrus of choice in my house as well, and that my kids have no idea how hard it is to peel a regular orange. But what else would be unfamiliar in the kitchen to the next generation as time goes on?
My children have never seen me pop popcorn without the use of a microwave (yes, I know it’s still done, particularly at movie theatres, but go with me here). They have never opened a soda can where the pop top comes off completely and does not flip back attached to the can. In their world, juice has always been available in boxes with little straws. Diet Coke has always been a carbonated beverage option.
Then, I took it a little further, and asked my parents what else has gone by the culinary wayside. My kids have never seen coffee made in a percolator, and those old Maxwell House commercials make exactly no sense to them. They have no idea what Fizzies were, and they won’t find gum wrapped up with baseball cards. Pressure cookers, while still around, are not exactly de rigueur in today’s home kitchen, so they wouldn’t know what to do with one. We don’t have to sterilize baby formula in the bottle anymore, and there’s a rainbow of sweeteners on every restaurant table, not just sugar.
And so the world changes. So I ask you: what do you remember from your childhood that’s now foodie folklore?