Everything You Need to Know About Pre-Slice Bread

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We have all heard the famous phrase “best thing since sliced bread” and we get to hear it every so often. However, we never stop to think about where it came from and what is it about sliced bread that makes it so special. As it happens, sliced bread has an interesting history and there are a few very curious things that we think you would love to know as well. To give you all the information you want, we have compiled this list of things that would certainly pique your interest. Keep reading to find out some interesting things about sliced bread that you may not have known before.

The Man Behind the Legend

Sliced bread is a thing that did not exist a hundred years ago. The person to bring sliced bread to life was Otto Rohwedder who created the entire design for the machine that was meant to do it. However, it took him 13 years to perfect the design and even after that, the machine did not go into use for quite a while. The first time it was officially used for its intended purpose was in 1928 by the Chillicothe Baking Company in Missouri. The machine was also given a mention in the local newspaper for how revolutionary it was. 

The funny thing is that the story that covered this machine did not get proper recognition. It became a proper hit a while later when an editor working with the same newspaper happened upon the story and brought it the front-page coverage that it deserved! While we have machines and people cutting all types of slices now, the original answer to the question how many slices of bread are in a loaf could be found in that machine.

The Ban on Sliced Bread

During the second World War, the American government put a ban on sliced bread across the country. This was an attempt to make sure that the bread could be stored longer without needing to be covered. The reason for doing so was to make sure that the steel and waxed paper being consumed by the industry could be diverted for the war effort and saved for future needs.

What made it a particularly interesting affair was a letter that the New York Times received from a housewife. It said, “I should like to tell you how important sliced bread is to the morale and saneness of a household. My husband and four children are all in a rush during and after breakfast. Without ready-sliced bread, I must do the slicing for toast – two pieces for each one – that’s 10. For their lunches, I must cut by hand at least 20 slices for two sandwiches apiece. Then I make my own toast – 22 slices cut in a hurry! The bank was repealed after a couple of months as the effects it had did not seem significant.

You Eat More Bread!

One of the key differences between sliced bread and the one you slice at home is the thickness of the slice. The slices you cut are much thicker than the ones the machine makes. This means you are getting a thinner slice and to counter that, you end up eating more slices. Statistics showed clearly that the consumption of bread after the introduction of the slicing machine went up noticeably.

What Do You Prefer?

There is no doubting the fact that in some ways, sliced bread really does give a good representation of the modern world we live in. However, people still have preferences and they most probably will have them always. Do let us know how you like to eat your bread.

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