Without the Seabrook family, tasty frozen vegetables wouldn’t have been possible.
Charles Courtney Seabrook was only 20 years old when he teamed up with his father and two brothers to develop a method of freezing fresh vegetables for mass distribution.
By packing veggies in wood boxes filled with dry ice, they found that the frozen contents tasted better when cooked days later. The family took their processing idea to Clarence Birdseye for refinement and mass production in 1930. The resulting frozen foodstuffs were so successful that the family expanded their New Jersey property into the largest irrigated vegetable farm in the world.
Despite the family’s success, an internal dispute in the mid-1950s split control of the company. Seabrook eventually sold the business to Seeman Bros. Inc., a New York wholesale grocery business.
Seabrook died on Oct. 4. Cause of death was not released. He was 94.