The most important inventions related to foods and drinks

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The fishhook - The earliest fishhooks date back at least 9,000 years, and were made of wood or bone.

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Fire - Our ancestors probably figured out how to start, and hopefully stop, a fire around 400,000 years ago. This made proper cooking a reality!

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Tongs - The first tongs were most likely just two unattached sticks that someone brilliantly decided to attach together.

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Irrigation - Irrigation is the automatic watering of land and soil. It's used for growing agricultural crops, and in the revegetation of dry areas.

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The gas oven - The earliest ovens date back to 29,000 BCE in Central Europe. The more modern gas ovens were first developed in the early 19th century.

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The barrel - Originally used by the Gauls in modern-day France, they figured out how to heat and bend staves of wood and bind them into barrels with rope and metal.

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Salt - Salt has always existed, but it was at least 8,000 years ago that our ancestors figured out how to extract salt from seawater. 

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Refrigeration - Using ice to lower temperature and preserve food dates back to prehistoric times. However, machine-based refrigeration was developed in the mid-18th century.

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The spoon - Spoons are an ancient tool that were first made out of hollowed out bits of wood. 

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Chopsticks - Chopsticks originated around 4,000 years ago in China, becoming the most popular eating utensils in Asia. 

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The fishing net - Used since the Stone Age, the oldest known version of the fishing net was made from willow, and dated back to 8300 BCE. 

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