Sliced Bread

Kleen maid bread

Hello Monday, where did the weekend go, and why am I feeling like I have walked up a steep hill and then rolled down the other side. What does that mean you wonder, well it means that I am aching all over and feel sick in the tummy, but of course I have not told anyone except those who read my blog. Now some of you may be thinking if I am not feeling great why don’t I go back to bed but that isn’t going to happen as I have little Summer here while her mum is at work, Tasha is here but right now she has locked herself in Tim’s room so she can do her exercises. Like her mum she likes to work out alone. I might feel better after I eat, haven’t had the time to eat this morning but that is nothing new.

Moving on I am sure we have all heard the saying “best thing since sliced bread”, but how many of you/us know how long sliced bread has been around and who invented sliced bread. I didn’t so I decided to find out.

Otto Rohwedder

Slice bread has been around since 1928 so less the a hundred years, some guy named Otto Frederick Rohwedder invented the first bread slicer, well he started working on the invention it back in 1912.

The first commercial use of the slicing machine was by the Chillicothe Baking Company located in Chillicothe Missouri in 1928, their product “Kleen Maid Sliced Bread” was a success. Although many bread makers felt that the bread would go stale if sliced, because of this at first Rohwedder tried using hat pins to keep the pieces of bread together, naturally this didn’t work out very well. So he came up with an invention that not only sliced the bread but wrapped it in wax paper.

Of course at first most bakers where not convinced that sliced bread was a good idea, this changed when the Chillicothe baking company started selling sliced bread and found their sales skyrocketed , so other companies also started to sell sliced bread.

The first bread slicing machine was about five-foot long and three-foot high, they are of course not so big any-more.

It was in 1930 that the Wonder Bread company began to commercially produce sliced bread loaves, thus popularising sliced bread and making it a household staple. Sliced bread was advertised as “the greatest step forward in the bread industry since the invention of wrapped bread.

Of course before the invention of pre-sliced bread, people either baked their own bread at home or bought full loaves of bread, whichever they did they had to cut of a slice of bread every time they wanted one. This meant that often the bread would be hacked up with slices not the same size.

What made me think of writing about sliced bread this morning, is the fact that on Friday Natasha brought home a couple of unsliced bread which since I was out of bread yesterday I used. I liked that I could cut it nice and thick I like a thick slice of bread, Tim, however, doesn’t and because of that I usually buy bread sandwich sliced which for those who do not know is the thin sliced.

sliced bread or

Anyway this morning when Kathy-Lee was here she sliced off a couple of slices to make a sandwich for Summer and she hacked at it one thickish slice and one not so thick slice, so then I started thinking about sliced bread.

Of course we all know that you can buy either sliced or unsliced bread, and there are heaps of different bread rolls one can buy.

What type of bread do you like?

I prefer white bread, or the high fiber low GI bread but that is 70 cents dearer so I don’t get that one very often. I prefer to get my bread for Baker’s Delight, I don’t like to buy bread for the supermarket as it doesn’t stay as fresh and doesn’t taste as good but that is just me.

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