Friday, February 6, 2015

Ry-Krisp Remembrance

Ry-Krisp Wax Paper Roll; 1928

The Ry-Krisp factory in Minneapolis is closing it's doors after more than 100 years in business. 

Ry-Krisp Factory in Minneapolis; 1925

Ry-Krisp was created in 1904 by Arvid Peterson, a Swedish immigrant who wanted to create a cracker like those beloved in Sweden.  

Ry-Krisp Factory; 1925

Ry-Krisp is a type of knäckebröd, basically a hard cracker made of rye.  It's a staple of the Swedish diet, so since there was a large Swedish immigrant population at the time, the product was definitely a hit.

Ry-Krisp Assembly Line; 1955

I happen to adore this type of bread/cracker.  My mother-in-law is from Sweden, so Swedish foods were what he grew up on.  He brought these wonderful traditions with him when we married.

Ry-Krisp Offices; 1951

Ry-Krisp is healthy, tasty, and simple.  I fear simple created foods are just not appreciated today.  It's all the 'flavor of the month' food fad - what crazy food can we create rather than just plain good food.  If it was made from kale or siracha, I'm sure it would be a best seller.

Ry-Krisp Mixer; 1949

Recently purchased by ConAgra, they have decided to end the brand after more than 100 years.  Not only do we lose a tasty product, but as a Minnesotan, we lose jobs and an institution.  If you want a similar product, you can purchase Knackerbrod Rag at Ikea.  It's tasty, but not the same.

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