Story of the Bread Clip

@cahaya1983 (10053)
Malaysia
October 15, 2015 2:00am CST
You know the G-lock clips that they use to tie the bread plastic? I've never really paid close attention to them until today. I have noticed that they come in different colors, but never thought that it means anything. I don't know how many of you knew this already, but I just learned that the color of the clip tells us the day the bread was baked on. Of course, it's different from manufacturer to manufacturer and bakery to bakery. It's just part of the quality control system and not standardized, so not all companies use this. Did you notice this with the bread you buy from your local stores or bakery? (I just find it interesting that there are these little things in day-to-day life we tend to overlook but actually mean something. Like the bread clip.)
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@PhredWreck (6051)
15 Oct 15
It is the same with the wire ties some companies use. It is really to make it easier when the person stocking comes to see which items need to be pulled and returned because of freshness dates. (I worked a convenience store years ago and the guy in the bread truck told me about it when I asked how he knew what to pull from the shelves so quickly)
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@SIMPLYD (79623)
• Philippines
15 Oct 15
Oh so that explains the color coding of the tags of some companies. Smart of them because it can expedite the job of those who will be pulling out the items .
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
Oh right, some companies use those twist ties. I never thought about it, but I'm sure the color coding makes it a lot easier for the people who do that kind of work. Definitely not easy when you have tons of bread to remove from the shelves!
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• United States
15 Oct 15
That's been like that for many years. I just dislike all the left-handed people who put the twist ties on bread.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
Haha that's a good point! I didn't think about that.
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• United States
15 Oct 15
@cahaya1983 I always say lefties should not work in that field!
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• United States
15 Oct 15
@AbbyGreenhill hey, that aint very nice, ms. abby! i'm a lefty 'n 've spent a lifetime doin' things the way ya right-handed folks thinks normal.
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@SIMPLYD (79623)
• Philippines
15 Oct 15
Breads' expiry dates here are at the bottom of the bread's plastic packing . So , what colors denotes which day as to the bread clips you have mentioned ?
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15 Oct 15
It depends on the company, there is no color standard as far as I know.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
@PhredWreck @SIMPLYD That's right, different companies use different colors. The bread I usually buy has 7 different colors for each day of the week, but others might have less because they don't bake the bread on certain days.
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@SIMPLYD (79623)
• Philippines
16 Oct 15
@cahaya1983 wow, that's so nice because each color denotes the day ?
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@LadyDuck (157086)
• Switzerland
15 Oct 15
I have read about this habit, we do not have those colored bread clip. The bread is baked daily and for the pre-packaged bread the date it was prepared and the due date must be written on the package.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
Yes apparently not all companies and bakeries use the color coded clips. It's always nice to get fresh bread straight from the bakery, though!
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@LadyDuck (157086)
• Switzerland
15 Oct 15
@cahaya1983 Yes, I like the smell of fresh bread, it's so much better than packaged bread.
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@Raelove (16813)
• Saco, Maine
15 Oct 15
I buy mostly store-brand breads, and those don't have the little plastic clips. They tie shut with a twist-tie. Never noticed if those were different colors. I just toss them out and twist the end of the bag shut when I've taken out what I need.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
Yeah I guess the different colors are more obvious when they use bread clips instead of twist ties. I like the bread clips better though because the expiry date is also written on them.
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@amnabas (10282)
• Karachi, Pakistan
15 Oct 15
Pretty clever to notice tgat really.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
Yep it is really useful for consumers and employees too.
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@GardenGerty (99193)
• United States
15 Oct 15
I have read lists that seem to indicate a standard daily color, but what you say makes more sense. I know about the different colors, and still do not pay a lot of attention.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
Yeah it differs between companies. Plus I read that some bakeries don't bake breads on certain days (I've no idea why) so they don't necessarily have 7 colors for each day of the week.
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@Rollo1 (16689)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Oct 15
I have heard this before, but I haven't paid that much attention to it, because I don't think we can know their secret coding systems. We have to go by the expiry dates.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
Same here. I think that's why we never really pay attention to it, most of us would usually refer to the expiry date on those clips.
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@troyburns (1430)
• New Zealand
15 Oct 15
Genius! If you save them up, they make good poker chips for friendly games of cards.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
16 Oct 15
Oh wow, never thought about saving them. Good idea. Hmm now I might be able to come up with some creative stuff I can do with those clips...
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• United States
15 Oct 15
the only bread in my house is fresh baked - the hubs can't 've yeast 'n i can't 've gluten, lol. but, i've read 'bout such, how the colors indicate the date baked. reckon there's more out there the general public aint privy to.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
16 Oct 15
Nothing better than freshly baked bread for sure. I just learned about the colors yesterday, pretty interesting information to me.
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@marlina (73885)
• Canada
15 Oct 15
I didn't know that the color of those clips meant something. Just learned something new today, thanks.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
You're welcome, I just found out about it today too.
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@Tita417 (1238)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
15 Oct 15
I'll ty to look into that I never had that curiosity to think about it. Thanks so much.Maybe I can ask around here coz we have different ways of doing it
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
15 Oct 15
Sure, it would be interesting to know if there's a different system they use for quality control. You're welcome.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
17 Oct 15
I never knew that about the bread ties. I know that I have had some that were different colors but never really thought too much about it. Thanks for that information!
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
17 Oct 15
You're welcome. I just got to know about it from the website of one of the bread manufacturers here.
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@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
23 Oct 15
@cahaya1983 I wonder if it's common knowledge or if a lot of people are like me and never knew.
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@kepweng (14630)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
10 Oct
what kind of bread you know to bake? pizza?
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
10 Oct
I've never made an attempt to bake homemade bread yet Only cake and cookies.
@jstory07 (66977)
• Roseburg, Oregon
16 Oct 15
That was actually something that I knew. Thanks for sharing.
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@cahaya1983 (10053)
• Malaysia
16 Oct 15
You're welcome!
• United States
16 Oct 15
Now that's something I didnt know. Guess I'm going to have to check my clips from now on
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