The Origin of "Made From Scratch"

The phrase "made from scratch", as we know refers to food that required manual clawing of ingredients.

No one knows who started it and how it propagated but its earliest written mention was from an article in 1946 in The New York Times claiming that "the old-fashioned style of cooking from scratch, as it were, without frozen or canned products-- is on the wane" during the height of TV dinners.

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What’s the Scratch in Made From Scratch?

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"Scratch" in Sports
  • According to the Meriam Webster dictionary, scratch meant to compete without a head start or some other advantage given to less skilled athletes in order to level the playing field.
  • In the 18th century, sports like running and cricket used "scratch" to the line that has been literally scratched from the ground.
  • While in the 20th century, golf and bowling still stick to the dictionary definition of the word.

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