Greetings from the USSR: 16 products from childhood that are in stores now

In Soviet times, there was such a thing - “get it, get it.” Not in the sense in which it is used by current generations: either to shake off somebody’s nerves, or in the direct sense - from a pocket, for example. No, to get it was to buy it with incredible difficulties, through familiar salespeople, from abroad, in exchange for a service, etc. If there were no “criminal” ways to get it, they waited for the deficit to be “thrown out” (i.e. lay out) in the store. A sign of “throwing out” was the long lines, in which they first became, and then were interested in, what they were selling.

Today, it is not necessary to “get” anything: any goods are freely available, only pay money.

Our children will not be surprised by any exotic delicacies. But we remember how it was, and the forbidden, once rare fruit of the road to us today ...

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Green pea.I am strongly associated with the celebration of the New Year. A couple of months before X-Day, here and there, in stores, treasured jars began to be “thrown out”. At home, parents hid them in a far corner. These polka dots were exclusively in Olivier, nobody ate them with spoons ...

Today I personally eat it by cans. Such a coveted in childhood, he now remains loved. Fortunately, the counters are full of beautiful peas of various brands.

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Sprats in oil.Oh, this delightful smoked smell, these fat smooth fish back!

Did you know that the Baltic sprat is the name of a fish? Originally fragrant canned made from it. Later, Caspian sprat, sprat, herring fry and other small fish, smoked without any pretreatment and then preserved in oil, were also called sprats. A jar of Riga sprats was expensive, 1 ruble 80 kopecks (a jar of kileks in a tomato — 35 kopecks). Sprats were an obligatory attribute of a festive table in any Soviet family.

On June 4, 2015, a “temporary ban on the import of sprats from Latvia and Estonia” was introduced. On our shelves are sprats from Veliky Novgorod, the Pskov Region, Ryazan ...

Today, they are often made by simply canning fish in oil with the addition of "liquid smoke."

"Sprat in tomato".These canned foods began to be produced in the mid-50s of the last century in Kerch, Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev personally tasted the novelty. Her recipe was simple: fish, water, tomato paste, salt, sugar, sunflower oil, acetic acid and pepper. The price of kilka, unlike expensive sprats, was low, it never disappeared from the shelves and was a favorite student and generally national snack.

And today, "Sprat in tomato" is in demand. But now nobody knows exactly what will be found inside the can ...

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Cream cheese "Friendship".Another truly popular product. The recipe for processed cheese was developed in the USSR in 1960. Of course, it was made strictly according to GOST, the norms of which prescribed the use of cheeses only of the highest order, the best milk and butter. Seasonings - only natural. There were no substances inhibiting the growth of microorganisms in the product, and no other harmful substances in the cheese.

Processed cheese "Friendship" - here it is, in any store. Thickeners, emulsifiers, enhancers, flavors - as in almost any modern product ...

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Stew.The Frenchman Nicolas Francois Upper invented the meat in cans, for which he received thanks from Napoleon himself. In Russia, canned meat appeared at the end of the XIX century.

In the USSR, canneries worked properly, and the stew was a common dish on the family table and in the canteens. Pasta with stew - quick, tasty, satisfying, everyone's favorite!

Today, no, no, yes, and you will stop in front of a battery of cans, it is very tempting to buy meat in finished form. But not that, not at all that ...

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Potato chips.Although they were invented 150 years ago, they appeared in the USSR only in 1963 and were called “Crisp of Moscow in slices”, produced in Moscow, at the enterprise “Mospischekombinat № 1”. It was one of the most exquisite delicacies, dozens of packs brought from the capital as a gift. At home, we made fried potatoes, trying to repeat the Moscow yummy.

Today's chips are extremely intricate in composition: potato flakes, starch, flavor enhancers, flavor, and other harmful additives. But very tasty!

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Instant coffee.It began to produce at the plant food concentrates in Dnepropetrovsk, and then in Lviv.It would seem that the drink was unprofitable for the Soviet economy: coffee in the USSR had never grown, grain had to be bought abroad for currency. However, in 1972 a decree was issued “On measures to strengthen the fight against drunkenness and alcoholism,” which limited the time of sale of vodka from 11 to 19 h. So, coffee was intended to distract citizens from alcohol! Of course, the new drink has its own fans: no need to grind grains, cook, pour boiling water - and that's it.

In the 80s, the Soviet market was flooded with Latin American substitutes (such as coffee from peas) at the price of natural coffee. On the packages were inscriptions in Spanish or Portuguese without translation. And the Soviet people, who were accustomed to praise everything “not ours,” bought surrogates like hot cakes, believing that this was the “real” coffee.

But coffee-cafe connoisseurs knew that, in addition to Ukrainian, there was an import soluble (then mostly Indian) - he was “taken out”, overpaid, and then used as a kind of currency when paying for services, as an expensive gift to the “right” person, as an element of prestige as treats for dear guests.

In today's instant coffee, as they say, you can find the entire periodic table.Nevertheless, fans of a quick drink with a coffee smell do not bother.

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Krasnodar tea.Krasnodar Territory became the third territory of the USSR (after Georgia and Azerbaijan), where since 1936 it was grown and produced tea. The climate here is warm and humid - optimal for a tea plant.

Krasnodar tea was distinguished by its wondrous aroma and sweetish taste. But it was not easy to preserve its properties: improper packaging and delivery could destroy the quality of tea. Nevertheless, tea from the Krasnodar Territory at one time was even exported abroad. A pack of top-grade Krasnodar tea was considered a good gift.

Today there are several regional producers in the Krasnodar Territory, producing "Krasnodar tea" - black and green, both in packs and packaged. Cheaper - with artificial flavors (bergamot, mint, thyme, lime), expensive - with natural leaves of fragrant herbs.



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