Industrial Revolution Salute and Special, Mary Engle Pennington

By: Industrial Revolution Last Updated: May 12, 2017

IR-Mary-Engle-PenningtonThis week Industrial Revolution salutes Mary Engle Pennington (1872-1952)
Mary Pennington was an American bacteriological chemist and refrigerator engineer, as well as a trailblazer in the early days of refrigeration and freezing of foods. One of her major accomplishments was the development of standards for the safe processing of chickens raised for human consumption. She was instrumental in the implementation of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, and oversaw the handling, transportation and storage of perishables.

She became a leading expert on the evolution of safe and sanitary methods for processing, storing and shipping milk, poultry, eggs, and fish. Mary traveled the nation investigating and consulting on the efficiency of refrigerator cars and recommended standards on for construction and insulation. She spent more than 40 years educating the government and the general public in the techniques and importance of proper handling of perishable food. Today’s supermarket refrigerated and frozen food sections are the direct result of the pioneering work of Mary Engle Pennington…

This week at Industrial Revolution: “Pennington’s Peanut Butter Burger!" Toasted patio bun spread with creamy peanut butter topped with IR’s famous hand-pattied burger, melted cheddar cheese, jalapenos, and cherry wood smoked bacon. (perfect combination of sweet & spicy) Served with garlic potato wedges or sweet potato fries.