True Or False? The Colored Tags On Bags Of Bread Tell You How Fresh It Is

Bread Tags

True or False?

Have you ever wondered how to tell which bread is freshest? Many of us squeeze loaves to determine their softness, some even try to smell it. But there’s actually a much easier way. Every packaged loaf of bread comes with some kind of a closure. Because breads were once baked in bakeries, then delivered to the stores five days a week (not Wed. or Sun.), each day had its own color of tag. This made it easy for the stores to make sure the oldest stock was always in front, to be sold first, and to identify any old inventory.

The colors are in alphabetical order; so blue is for Monday, green is for Tuesday, red is for Thursday, white is for Friday and yellow is for Saturday. Shoppers should only encounter two colors of tags on the shelf at any time, for any single brand and type of bread, that of the most recent delivery and that of the one just before it. The most common types of bread bag closures are twist tags, a one piece plastic clip (tab), or a complex mechanical clip. The most often used is the plastic clip, invented by Floyd G. Paxton.

In the United States, every year consumers eat an average of fifty three pounds of bread each. In fact, breads are the one food that’s eaten in some form, by every known race, culture and religion of people in the entire world. And, every single one of them wants the freshest loaf when they eat it. Because bread is made up mostly of flour, water and yeast, it has a limited shelf life. That shelf life depends on a variety of factors, such as preparation methods and how the bread is packaged and then stored. Unpackaged bakery bread usually has a shelf life of 2-3 days. For soft, packaged bread, it’s more like 5-7 days.

True Or False? The Colored Tags On Bags Of Bread Tell You How Fresh It Is

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