Fun Facts about Thanksgiving to Share at Your Feast

Happy ThanksgivingGobble Gobble is ONLY the sound from a male turkey. Females, called hens, cackle! And did you know that turkeys cannot see at night?

TV Dinners evolved in 1953 because off too much turkey left over from the holiday. An employee at Swanson Foods misjudged how many frozen turkeys would sell that year by 26 TONS! So the idea of TV dinners with some fixings was conceived and the idea flourished.

Turkeys are doomed from birth. A turkey under 16 weeks of age is often referred to as a “Fryer” or “Roaster”.

The 1st Thanksgiving was almost a FAST and not a FEAST! The early settlers gave thanks with prayer and abstaining from food. This was the original plan for Thanksgiving until the Wampanoag Indians joined the settlers and the fast turned into a feast!

The 1st Thanksgiving feast did NOT have mashed potatoes, pumpkin pies or cranberries. Rather they feasted on lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, nuts, onions, dried fruits, syrup, honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs, and goat cheese.

The 1st Thanksgiving has NO forks. At that time only knives, spoons and fingers were used for eating. Can you imagine using your fingers at Thanksgiving?

The annual Macy’s Day Parade started in the 1920’s.

In the United States, about 280 MILLION turkeys are sold for Thanksgiving.  In a year’s time, the average American eats between 16-18 pounds of turkey! And people in California consume the most turkey.

The average weight of a turkey is 15 pounds and turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.  And last but not least, on Thanksgiving day turkey is the preferred menu item with 91% of Americans eating turkey.

And when all your guests leave you with spots on the carpet or wine spilled, give Chem-Dry of Michiana a call to clean-up before the next holiday rolls around in a few weeks.

Removing Chocolate Stains

Removing Chocolate Stains

Well the trick-or-treating is over and inevitably some of the chocolate has landed on the clothes. Couple essential things to remember about removing chocolate:

  • Act quickly. The quicker you get to a stain, the better your chances for removal.
  • Use COLD water as hot water can set the stain permanently.
  • Use the cold water on the under-side of the garment so the chocolate doesn’t go thru the fabric any more than it already has.
  • Use a spoon or butter knife to scrape off excess chocolate. This way you won’t spread the chocolate stain any more than necessary.
  • Do not rub or scrape the chocolate or you will embed it into the fibers.
  • Use laundry soap on chocolate stain and then let soak in soapy water for 15 minutes. Use spot remover if necessary. And wash as usual.
  • NEVER DRY the clothes until the stain is completely removed or you will set the stain permanently.

If chocolate gets on the carpet or upholstery, the steps are similar: act quickly, use cold water rather than hot water, use spoon to scrape off excess chocolate, and never rub or scrape chocolate or you could embed into fibers of carpet and upholstery.

Once you’ve removed as much excess as possible, use the Chem-Dry World Famous Spot Remover as this is your best bet in removing the stain. Only use a home remedy of hydrogen peroxide and water mix if no Chem-Dry spot remover is available.

If the stain is still present, give Chem-Dry of Michiana a call!