Why People Used To Put Frogs In Milk And 7 Other Weird Food Facts

Have you ever tried an old recipe from your grandma’s collection and scratched your head at some of the instructions, or maybe even balked at the ingredients? Sure, we all prepare and enjoy food differently, but some things are almost beyond belief! Here’s a list of some of the strangest food practices throughout history. Are you brave enough to try any of them?

Live Frogs In Milk

Before the days of refrigerators, Finns and Russians used to put live frogs in their milk to keep it fresh. There’s actually some science to back this up. Apparently, some frogs have peptides on their skin, which helps to kill bacteria. Let’s just say that we’re happy to keep our fridge. However, it’s nice to know there are options.


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Ambergris is just about the most unappetizing thing we can think of… it’s a big ball of waxy junk that a whale throws up every once in a while. Pretty gross in and of itself. Back in the 17th century, ambergris was a highly sought-after commodity and considered a delicacy. Those who could afford it often used it as an ingredient to make cakes, pies, and certain egg dishes.

Secret 7up Recipe

While most people know that Coca-Cola used to contain actual cocaine, you might not know about 7up’s dirty little secret. Back in the day, this drink was actually called “Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda.” Amazing that they even got off the ground with a name like that, right? The secret ingredient is right in the name… Lithium. Now-a-days, lithium is used as a powerful psychiatric medication for those living with bipolar disorder.

Mushroom Ketchup

Originally, Ketchup was made from mushrooms, not tomatoes. The sauce known as ketchup was originally based off of a Malaysian pickled fish sauce. English settlers in the 18th century adapted the sauce to a British palate – by adding mushrooms and shallots. For about a hundred years – from 1750 to 1850, ketchup was only known by it’s British preparation – with mushrooms.

Beaver Tail

During the Medieval times, most everyone adhered to the rules of the Catholic church. As such, they didn’t eat meat on Fridays – but they could eat fish. Interestingly enough, a beaver tail was considered a fish, since it was scaly. It seems like maybe they could go the one day without meat, but I guess when you just gotta have something, beaver tail will do the trick.

Black Teeth

Oh, how the times have changed. Nowadays, people spend thousands of dollars getting their teeth straightened and whitened. Back in the 1500s, however, black teeth were considered a status symbol. Sugar had just become available in Europe, and people liked to show off that they could afford it. They purposefully let their teeth rot to prove how much sugar they could afford. Some people even took to painting their teeth black to give the appearance of affording sugar.

White Bread

in the 1800s, it was very important and stylish to have extremely white bread. Sometimes, however, even the best baker couldn’t get it quite right. So, a lot of bakers resorted to adding alum in order to play up the whiteness of their bread. Unfortunately, alum is toxic and thus made people pretty sick soon after ingesting the bread. But hey, and least it was popular, right?

Toast Sandwhich

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Perhaps one of the most puzzling dishes to ever grace the face of the earth is the toast sandwhich. It is pretty much exactly what you’d expect – there is a buttered slice of toast with sald and pepper, placed between two regular pieces of bread. Some people were so bold as to add beans or carrots into the mix.

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