The inventor of Stove Top Stuffing was a Purdue alum

The Business of Food with Steve Alexander

Over 60 million boxes of Stove Top sell each year and inventor Ruth Siems started it all.

(Purdue University photo/William Cabral)

After earning a degree in Home Economics from Purdue, Evansville native Ruth Siems went on to a long career at General Foods. The highlight was her invention in 1971 of Stove Top Stuffing. Purdue archivist Sammie Morris speaks with Steve Alexander about Ms. Siems’ time as a student and at General Foods, and how her contribution was largely forgotten over the years, to the extent she wasn’t included a 50th anniversary of Stove Top’s invention.

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