Food Preparation – Feb 1921

6 Feb

From the annals of Popular Mechanics (p276):

BUY CHINESE QUEUES TO MAKE HAIR FILTERS FOR SOUP

Because long-strand human hair makes an almost ideal filter for straining soup, and other liquid foods, in preparation for canning, a certain manufacturer is reported to have bought recently some $800,000 worth of Chinese queues. These will be used in place of the goat-hair filters formerly employed because of their comparative cheapness. Human hair for various purposes has long been an article of Chinese export, but when the wearing of “pigtails” went out of fashion in the celestial land several years ago, an enormous supply of the material was created. The enterprising buyer was able to obtain for his money a total of 2,450,000 of the long plaits, composing a load for about 28 freight cars.

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