Sliced bread – where does it come from?

"The greatest thing since sliced bread." - biztosan hallottad már ezt a kifejezést. De miért is olyan nagy dolog a szeletelt kenyér? 

You’ve heard the expression “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” But what makes sliced bread so special? To understand the importance of the humble bread slicer, we have to travel back to 1927 when the first bread slicer was created by amateur inventor Otto Rohwedder. After hearing families complain about the amount of time they spent slicing bread Rohwedder designed a machine that would do the job for them.

At the time most bakers refused to slice bread in advance because it would go stale. Rohwedder’s machine not only cut bread into perfectly even slices but wrapped them in wax paper to preserve freshness.

The first loaf of machine sliced bread was sold in 1928. According to Priceonomics just five years later, 80% of commercially sold bread in America was sliced. To homemakers, sliced bread was more than a small convenience.

In a New York Times editorial, one woman wrote: For [family] lunches I must cut by hand at least twenty slices, for two sandwiches apiece. I should like to let you know how important sliced bread is to the morale and saneness of a household. At a time when bread made up close to a third of the average American’s diet access to pre-packed sliced bread meant hours of saved food preparation time. Sliced bread meant freedom. 

source: Mentalfloss 

Nézd meg ezt is:  (Karácsonyi) csodák pedig vannak ... ennél a légitársaságnál biztosan:)

Vocabulary

sliced

szeletelt

importance

fontosság, szerep

humble

szerény, alázatos

inventor

feltaláló

in advance

előre (időben)

stale

száraz, szikkadt

even

egyenlő, szabályos

to wrap

csomagolni

wax

viasz

commercially

kereskedelmi forgalomban

convenience

kényelem

editorial

(fő)szerkesztői rovat

apiece

fejenként

saneness

józanság, józan ész

to make up

kitenni (arányban)

average

átlagos

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