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Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Bread Mangler on Aisle 4...


Today's edition of WFMW is supposed to be about kitchen tips...well,I gave my best kitchen tip last week..this one is about the food we EAT in the kitchen...does that count?

We eat a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in our home, which means we eat a lot of bread too. I used to spend MORE than a few minutes on the bread aisle gently squeezing and trying to check the bread for freshness, all the while attracting the attention of curious shoppers who probably thought I had some sort of bread fetish. But there is nothing I dislike more than bread that is already crusty and hard when you take it out of the wrapper...it's supposed to be that way after your kids have left their half-eaten sandwiches lying on the coffee table!

Recently, a friend shared something with me that has revolutionized the bread-buying process for me and freed me from my habit of bread-squishing...did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie. They are:

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


So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie - not white which is Friday's (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue - Green - Red - White - Yellow, Monday thru Saturday. Very easy to remember. Now, me being the cynical person I am had to check this out...so I went to the Wal-Mart Supercenter and lo-and-behold....there they were...a rainbow of twistie ties. I could easily tell which ones were the freshest and just grab it without attracting all those stares....and now maybe that creepy guy in the produce dept will leave me alone.

And I did just think of a cook kitchen tip my mom taught me. If you are anything like me and have an intense dislike for cleaning out your microwave oven? (they put a door on those things for a reason!) Next time it's dirty, just put about 1 cup (glass only) of vinegar in it and microwave for 4-5 minutes...the goo will literally fall off the sides onto your paper towel.

Head on over to Shannon's for more great Kitchen advice!


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14 comments:

Christine said...

Thanks for the microwave cleaning tip! I am forever trying to keep it clean...

(We must have been reading each other's tips at the same time!)

Christine said...

Thanks for the microwave cleaning tip! I am forever trying to keep it clean...

(We must have been reading each other's tips at the same time!)

Nikki said...

Great tips! I've also used Real Lemon (bottled lemon juice) to clean the microwave. Real Lemon has instructions on the bottle, very similar, and always expires before I can use it in recipes. So after it expires I keep it around to clean the microwave. Of course vinegar is much cheaper. I think I'll do that! Maybe I should just buy the little lemons instead of the big bottle.

Jen said...

I'd heard about the color bread tie trick before but when I go to the market I always forget which is for which day. So what I do is look at the sell by date and pick the one with the furthest date available.

I'm going to try the vinegar trick right now (or as soon as get off this computer) and see if it works.

Thanks for sharing!

Melissa R. Garrett said...

I had NO idea about the twist ties!! Guess what I will be looking at the next time I go to the store??!!

org junkie said...

You know I wonder if that is the same here in Canada? I've never paid any attention but will definitely be checking it out!

Laura

Myfriendconnie said...

Great to know! I have never heard of the bread tie colors, but I will definitely take notice from now on! Thanks!

Larae said...

I knew this bread tip, I just have a hard time remembering the colors for the days they belong to. Thanks so much for the microwaving tip though, I'll be trying it soon! =)

Larae said...

Oh wow I didn't even notice that, and now that I stopped back and re-read I see that my eyes definitely need to rest after reading all the WFMW tips today! ;) haha Thanks for pointing that out to me! =)

Ang said...

How cool of a trick :) Nothin' is worse than 1/2 stale bread on the 1st opening!!

Girl Gone Wild said...

The bread thing was probably the best tip I've read yet! I had no idea.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Both these tips are very helpful. Thanks.

Christie said...

I saw your comment on another blog....thought I'd come party at your place for a bit!!

I LOVE the bread tip!! I'll have to check that out on my next trip to the store. Awesome!

Happy blog partying!!
Christie

Karen said...

I had no idea about the bread colors!