Did you know that Carleton Ellis was born today in 1876? He was an American inventor and chemist. Carleton Ellis’ work improved many existing technologies and substances. He developed methods for hydroponics (growing plants without soil) and created improved versions of gasoline, paint, polyester, and margarine. Margarine is a butter substitute. Butter is made from the cream and fat in milk. Margarine was originally made using fat from animal meat, which was hard to digest. Carleton Ellis developed a way to make margarine from vegetable oils, which were easier to digest and tastier.
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Carleton Ellis held more than 753 patents.
TIME Magazine said that “Chemist Ellis’ inventions gave birth to more than 100,000 compounds”
In 1907, Carleton Ellis also came up with the idea to bake dog biscuits in the shape of a bone. He was asked to figure out what to do with waste-milk and developed a milk-based dog biscuit. The dog he tried the biscuit with did not seem interested, until the biscuit was shaped like a bone.
Margarine was originally named “oleomargarine”. It was made from beef tallow in response to a challenge by Napoleon to make a butter substitute from beef tallow that could be used by the armed forces. ‘oleo’ comes from oleum, which is Latin for beef fat; margarite is Greek for a pearl-like luster.
Other names for margarine are ‘oleo’ and ‘marge’.
Margarine is actually a very white paste. Yellow food coloring is added to make the product more appealing and appetizing. Initially, dairy producers tried to have laws created to prohibit adding coloring to margarine, as it was a competitor of butter.