Wednesday March 14 – National Potato Chip Day

Chip photo from 123RF Stock photos, Kwasny221 photographer.

Crinkly, chunky, BBQ, salt & vinegar—there are many ways to enjoy potato chips. Cornell Pump helps in the irrigation, hydro transport, and frying of America’s number one snack food.

Facts about National Potato Chip Day:

  • Chips are rumored to have started in 1853 in Saratoga, NY.  A picky restaurant patron kept sending back his potatoes as too thick and limp. The cook cut the spuds as thin as possible and fried them until crisp—rather than complain, the customer loved them. What we know as potato chips, were called Saratoga Chips and appeared on area menus in the 1850’s.
  • In the early 20th century, chips were packaged as a snack food.
  • Flavored chips appeared in the 1950’s.
  • Chips are over a $15 Billion a year industry.

Learn more about Cornell Pumps for Agriculture.

For information about hydro transport pumps and hot oil pumps, such as those used in making potato chips, download the Cornell Food Processing Pumps Brochure.

Enjoy some potato chips today—which is also National Pie Day in honor of 3.14; the first three digits of Pi π. (You can google a potato chip chocolate pie and have the best of both national days….)