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Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf

In North America, we each consume around 53 pounds of it every year. It’s the one food eaten by people of every race, culture, or religion. And we all want the freshest loaf whenever we buy it.

But is there a way to spot it, other than squeezing, tapping, or simply guessing?

Well, it turns out that there’s a simple visual code that can take you straight to the freshest loaf in seconds. And it’s all contained in the twist ties or plastic clips around the top of the bread bag.

I often wondered why they used different colors on those tags and ties. When I was a kid, I had hundreds of bread clips on the spokes of my bicycle tires, but I just figured the colors were for variety.

As it turns out, they indicate when the loaf was baked. The standard is as follows:

Blue: Monday
Green: Tuesday
Red: Thursday
White: Friday
Yellow: Saturday

And here’s a quick color key that you can keep on you, if you so desire:

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