Date Added: July 19, 2001
This consumer tip is definitely a bit flaky around the edges. We're led to believe that this piece of advice gives us an unfair advantage against the grocery store. No more week-old bread for you. No sir! You're too smart for that!
Thought this was interesting... Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. And each day has a different color twist tie. They are:
Monday - Blue
I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers do have different colored twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday!!
So today being Thursday, I wanted a red twist tie - not white which is Friday (almost a week old?)
The colors go alphabetically Blue - Green - Red - White -Yellow, Monday thru Saturday. Very easy to remember. But I put a post-it note in my wallet when I first found out about this so I would not forget. Enjoy fresh bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.
Since the inception of mass production, manufacturers have developed code-dating systems that allow them to track when a product was produced without overtly revealing the product's precise age to the consumer. Such is the case with bread, as well.
Yes, bakeries do use different color twist ties to indicate the day on which each loaf was baked. The visual cue makes it easy for delivery personnel to "rotate" stock, putting older product toward the front or top of the display and newer toward the back. The idea is to give the consumer consistent quality while minimizing waste.
Can you subvert the system and make sure you've always got the freshest bread possible? Not really. The vital mistake this letter makes is that there is no universally accepted twist tie code system. Each bakery establishes its own system. While the information above may get you the freshest of one brand, it could give you the oldest of another.
There is no secret conspiracy to dupe you into buying week-old bread. In fact, this system is in place to prevent just that. Take a good look at the shelves the next time you're in the store. I bet you won't see any one brand of bread with more than 2 different color ties (3 at most). Most stores pull old loaves after 2 days, making sure you always get the freshest bread possible. Now, go have a sandwich and break this chain.