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Old 05-04-2009, 10:50 PM
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Default History on Old Bay Seasoning

I thought its pretty interesting info!


Old Bay Seasoning is a blend of herbs and spices that is currently marketed in the United States by McCormick & Company, and produced in Maryland. It is produced in the Chesapeake Bay area where it was developed by German immigrant Gustav Brunn in the 1940s, and where the seasoning is very popular to this day. At that time, crabs were so plentiful that bars in Baltimore, Maryland offered them free and seasonings like Old Bay were created to encourage patrons to purchase more beverages. Old Bay is just one of many crab seasonings created during that era, yet is one of a few that survived. Notable others are J.O. Spice and Baltimore Spice. Although it is not overly high in sodium, McCormick recently has offered a lower salt version of Old Bay Seasoning.


Old Bay Seasoning is named after the Old Bay Line, a passenger ship line that plied the waters of the Chesapeake Bay from Baltimore to Norfolk, Virginia, in the early 1900s. Gustav Brunnís company became the Old Bay Company, producing crab seasonings in the unique yellow can container until the company was purchased by McCormick & Co around 1990. McCormick continues to offer Old Bay in the classic yellow can.
The seasoning mix includes celery salt, bay leaf, mustard seed, both black and red pepper, cinnamon, and ginger. It is regionally used, specifically in Mid-Atlantic States and parts of the Gulf Coast. It serves to season crab and shrimp.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Bay_Seasoning
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That is interesting.
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Default Re: History on Old Bay Seasoning

Very interesting, I'm from Baltimore and I didn't know that. The guy that ons J O spice is a friend of mine. Nice post Paul.... If they don't sell it ILL, I 'll send you some....
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