This Day in History – September 6th, 1899

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On September 6th, 1899, Elbridge Amos Stuart and a business partner founded the Pacific Coast Condensed Milk Company in Kent, Washington. Its product was based on the relatively new process of commercial evaporation of beverages. Stuart believed that there was value in sanitary milk at a time when fresh milk was neither universally available nor always drinkable, and correctly believed that his product would join other staples on grocers’ shelves. Evaporated milk, also known as dehydrated milk, is a shelf-stable canned milk product with about 60% of the water removed from fresh milk. It differs from sweetened condensed milk, which contains added sugar. Sweetened condensed milk requires less processing since the added sugar inhibits bacterial growth.

Despite Carnation evaporated milk’s famous slogan, that it came from “Contented Cows,” many people prefer to remember this poem from circa 1900 . . . 

Carnation Milk is the best in the land
Here I sit with a can in my hand
No tits to pull, no hay to pitch
You just punch a hole in the son of a bitch.
 

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