By Joan L. McDaniel
What does Margarine, Crisco, Puritan Oil, “Fat-Free” “Vegetable Oil” and “Diet” all have in Common? Answer: Trans Fat
Nobel laureate Paul Sabatier worked in the late 1890s to develop the chemistry of hydrogenation, which enabled the creation of margarine, oil hydrogenation, and synthetic Methanol, (methyl alcohol, wood alcohol, wood naphtha or wood spirits). In 1905-1910, Normann built a fat-hardening facility at the Herford Company. In 1909 Procter & Gamble facing the loss of business with their candle business, acquired the US rights to the Normann patent. The initial intent was to completely harden oils for use as raw material for making soap. After rejecting the name “Cryst” due to negative religious connotations, the product was eventually called Crisco, a modification of the phrase ‘crystallized cottonseed oil”.
I remembered my childhood and the then new Oil called Crisco, it was all we used to cook and bake. Entering the name ”Crisco” in a search engine and mother linda’s site came up. Her write-up is great and clearly tells the story of “Crisco” .