Today we live in houses with modern kitchens with range hoods, stoves, ovens and various, smaller kitchen appliances. Cooking is easier and more fun than ever. Some people delight in finding a new recipe and trying it out. The cooking scene has evolved throughout history and time. Cooking wasn’t always so simple. There was a time when man didn’t know how to start a fire, let alone prepare a cooked meal.
Exactly when man found and learned to control fire is a topic of debate. One theory states that man got the idea to cook food with fire after accidentally burning food in a natural fire. There simply isn’t enough clear cut evidence to point out exactly when this happened and how and when man began to control fire.
Eventually, about 1.8 million years ago, man learned to control fire and started using it to heat meat. Cooked meat tastes better than raw meat and contains more calories. Some scientists hypothesize that the human brain evolved and grew larger as people cooked their food more. They argue that people had more time to spend thinking rather than spending most of their time hunting and looking for food.
Early cooking methods involved roasting food on a fire with sticks. This progressed into roasting food with spits. People also heated stones and used the stones to heat water or food. As technology evolved, people used sheets of metal to heat food and then people created early ovens. Fires were started or coals were heated in the ovens, and the food was then put in to warm up. People began baking breads as well.
The inventions of pottery, civilization and agriculture also contributed to the development of cooking methods. Cooking became more complicated and more artistic as the Greeks and Romans created large meals and banquets. Only large, rich homes had kitchens and other people purchased cooked food. During the Renaissance, successful cooks were popularized and respected.
Later, industrialization, refrigeration and electricity further progressed cooking. Food was produced and processed in large quantities, and people began purchasing preserved food. In the 1920s, freezing food became more widespread. Refrigeration kept food from spoiling and electricity opened up other ways of cooking food, such as the microwave.
Today, we have kitchens inside of residential homes in which most of the food we eat is cooked. Most people have a refrigerator, oven, range hood, microwave, blender and toaster. The range hood style depends upon where in the kitchen the range is located. Under cabinet range hoods are used in modern kitchens to ventilate the air; they are installed on the underside of a cabinet above the stove top.
During cooking, grease, smoke and odors are produced. These will build up on the kitchen décor and will be breathed by people unless the under cabinet range hood is turned on. Other types of range hoods include wall mount range hoods, professional range hoods and island range hoods. If you have any questions about kitchen range hoods, browse RangeHoodsInc.com or call us at 1-800-914-9775.