How fresh is the bread you just bought?


I wonder why the grocers don’t mention it?



Color-Coded Bread Bag Ties: Who Knew?

By KitchenDaily Editors

Filed Under: Kitchen Fundamentals


color coded Bread baking labels
Paul Michael,; Getty
Did you know there’s a way to help figure out how fresh store-bought bread is? Just look at the twist-tie or plastic tab that keeps the bag closed. Turns out, it’s color-coded to reflect the day that the bread is baked. It seems unlikely but dug into it and found that it became an almost-universal practice among commercial bakeries as a way to help grocery store restockers recognize which loaves to replace on their shelves.

To remember which color is which day, put the colors in alphabetical order. Here’s the breakdown:

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

There are certainly some exceptions to this practice so we can’t recommend relying on it exclusively to determine freshness. Some bakeries will use their own color-coding systems or only one color altogether, and always remember that the date on the tag is the date the bread needs to be sold by, not the date it was baked on.

Now we just want to know why bread isn’t baked on Wednesdays.

Do you know of any other food packaging color-codes?

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