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Interesting Facts about Arkansas Food

Check out these interesting facts about food and food gadgets made right here in The Natural State.

  • The first fried dill pickles ever sold anywhere were at the Duchess Drive-In in Atkins, summer of 1963, at 15 cents for an order of fifteen hamburger slices. They were created by Bernell "Fatman" Austin, owner of the drive-in. Austin kept working on his creation through the summer to improve them. By late summer, he had perfected the pickle to what it is today: a large pickle sliced lengthwise and breaded in the family's secret recipe, then deep-fried to a golden texture. They are featured at the Atkins Picklefest each May.
  • Marlene Wyatt of Yellville invented the No Mess Dough Disc. Over 230,000 units have been sold by QVC. The lightweight disc's polycotton cover keeps dough from sticking. Wood Family Enterprise in Yellville also sells the No Mess Dough Disc through a few local gourmet and kitchen appliance stores.
  • The Greasorber provides an easy way to dispose of cooking grease. No more lifting of heavy skillets to pour the grease in a disposal can and no more pouring grease down the drain. Produced by Green Revolution Inc. of Nashville, Arkansas, the Greasorber is an 8-inch circular pad that can absorb up to one cup of cooking oil.
  • The Microplane® rasp was first invented in 1990 by brothers Richard and Jeff Grace at their jointly owned contract manufacturing facility, Grace Manufacturing Inc. in Russellville. It started out in 1990, merely as a new type of woodworking tool. It is now a must-have in every kitchen.
  • Cavendar's Greek Seasoning - A family owned company founded in 1971 and located in Harrison; created originally as a meat seasoning, it is now used by numerous cooks around the country as a "secret ingredient" in many other recipes.
  • Arkansas Whetstone, also known as novaculite, is mined in and around Hot Springs, Arkansas. The mining of novaculite has been referred to as Arkansas’s oldest industry and remains economically important today. It is used by professionals to sharpen their knives.
  • Brown-and-Serve Rolls, a holiday staple for many, were introduced to the world by Meyer's Bakery of Little Rock in the 1930s.
  • Edgeware Cooking Utensils are produced by Smith's in Hot Springs, which has been in business since 1886. Products feature Arkansas-mined stone and the company has designed and produces the Mandoline Slicer, plus manual and electric knife sharpeners. The Mandoline Slicer won the prestigious "red dot" award for product design in 2010 by an international jury of design experts.

Want more interesting facts about food in Arkansas? There are numerous food products grown in Arkansas as well.

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