Super Secret Origin Of Idaho’s Delicious Tater Tots Revealed
How many times have we heard the famous story, 'one person's trash is another person's treasure? When one thinks of one of America's most iconic snack foods, the term trash isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But thanks to the work of two Latter-Day Saint brothers from Oregon, the Tater Tot was born, and yes, there's an Idaho connection.
Who hasn't heard of the Ore-Ida? Whether you live in Boise or Boston, everyone who has walked down a frozen food aisle has heard of the Oregon-based company. Years ago, before the company's creation, Golden and Francis Nephi Grigg rented a frozen processing plant in Ontario, Oregon.
Oregon Public Radio reported that the brothers were procession and selling corn during the late 1940s and early 1950s. They later began producing frozen potato products eventually founding the company Ore-Ida in Ontario, Oregon. Potatoes were a challenging considering that America was falling in love with the French Fry and other frozen potato products.
Ore-Idah produced vast amounts of potato products but couldn't find efficient use for the waste after potatoes became french fries. The leftover potatoes could be eaten, but the Griggs were looking to create a product that would be unique, and that the public would enjoy.
From Oregon Public Radio,
"The Griggs came up with a solution: chop up those bits, extrude them into logs, blanch them, and coat them in oil to prevent them from sticking together in their freezer bags. Voila, the tater tot."
Who hasn't grown up with enjoying Ore-Ida Tater Tots? Who would've thought that one of America's most iconic snack foods was the result of the ingenuity of two brothers looking to improve their company's productivity.
Over 70 million pounds of Tater Tots are consumed by Americans every year according to Pitco.