The Truth About the Chicken Nugget

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The Truth about the Chicken Nugget

Have you ever met anyone that hasn’t tried a chicken nugget? Probably not, unless you have traveled to a remote part of this planet where the chicken nugget does not exist. The fact is that most humans ate the chicken nugget, but they don’t have the slightest clue of who created the concept. That “prototype of the nugget”, as stated in “The Father of the Chicken Nugget,” was created by Robert C. Baker. This article was written by Maryn McKenna, “a senior fellow of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.” She explains that “Baker was a professor of poultry science, and a chicken savant.” The foods he and his graduate students created are now known today as “further processed poultry.” The reasoning behind this was completely unselfish, since he never patented any of the poultry recipes. He simply did it to aid poultry farmers in dire need of help. The market for chicken drastically dropped right after World War II and it was a pain to prepare whole chicken meals for housewives because it took too long to cook; they realized it was very inconvenient. Baker developed efficient methods to prepare alternative chicken meals, like “chicken hot dogs, chicken cold cuts, chicken meatballs, and of course, chicken nuggets.” Nowadays, most people believe that McDonald’s invented the chicken nugget, which was released in 1980. McDonald’s had its own reasons for producing the chicken nugget. “The federal government’s first-ever dietary guidelines urged Americans to eat less fat, and especially less red meat.” After the hamburger sales have plummeted through the roof, McDonald’s decided to conjure a chicken entrée. Through trial and error, they realized that they needed a poultry entree that was not “too labor-intensive to make on an industrial scale.” So they hired “Keystone Foods to mechanize chicken-chopping and fish-stick popularizer Gorton’s to perfect a coating that would cling.” Soon...
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