Napoleon and Canned Food: The Story of Nicolas Appert

Nowadays, canned food is everywhere -- but how did this industry begin? Tune in to learn how Nicholas Appert discovered the principles used in canning food -- and why we have Napoleon to thank.

You may not have stopped to think about it, but have you ever wondered where your canned food came from? Canned food has been around for hundreds of years and we can thank Napoleon for that. Thanks to his 12,000 franc reward for anyone who could preserve food for his armies, Nicholas Appert created modern canning.