10 Stuffs about Bread

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Bread, a necessity like water, has been around since the beginning of time. It is a staple food consumed by billions worldwide, throughout the times. It is considered a lifeline, being one of the top main ingredients for many dishes in many different cultures and regions. Here are 10 stuffs about bread you probably never knew off, even though you ate a slice this morning!

  • Certain break makers have different coloured tabs or twist-ties to indicate the day it was baked. This helped move stock which was going to be bad. It also made work faster by looking at the colours; the stock takers did not have to look up close at the tabs to know the day it was made.
  • Breaking bread is a universal sign of peace.
  • Scandinavian traditions hold that if a boy and girl eat from the same loaf, they are bound to fall in love.
  • The inner part of the bread encased by the crust is called the ‘crumb’, and that is why the tiny bits that drop on the floor are called ‘crumbs’!
  • One bread superstition is that if you put a piece of bread in a baby’s cradle, it will keep away disease.
  • Farmers receive approximately 5 cents (or less) from each loaf of bread sold.
  • Bakers used to be fined if their loaves were under weight, so they used to add an extra loaf to every dozen, just in case ‐‐ hence, the expression “baker’s dozen”
  • Superstition says it is bad luck to turn a loaf upside down or cut an unbaked loaf.
  • The sandwich is named for the Fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718‐92), for whom sandwiches were made so that he could stay at the gambling table without interruptions for meals.
  • Early Egyptian writings urged mothers to send their children to school with plenty of bread and beer for their lunch.

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