Since bread is one of the proponents at the heart of what we do here at Freedom Bakery, I thought it might be quite fun to do a post about how bread has become such a staple in our lives since the beginning of time.
The first evidence of bread can be seen around 30 000 years ago! This was during a time where cereals were part of human diets through hunting and gathering so just think how lucky we are now that Freedom just delivers bread right to your office door!
When human diet began to change from animal fats and proteins (which were prioritised during hunting and gathering) to cereals this caused a rise in agriculture and therefore a more complex social system and economy.
There were a wide variety of breads baked in the classical world: griddle cakes, honey-and-oil bread, and rolls baked on a spit, which was a military speciality. Bread was clearly an essential part of the diet during this time because the name for the rest of the meal was ópson meaning condiment, the bread’s accompaniment.
In the Middle Ages people started to use stale bread as some sort of absorbent plate, which anyone who has head a bread bowl with soup or chilli knows is just good sense.
And now I’ve got distracted scrolling through pages and pages of bread bowl recipes drooling over pictures… Take a look at this Philly cheesesteak stew in a bread bowl! Yeah. Enjoy.
So, bread. Everyone knows that one really good thing to happen to humans was the invention of sliced bread. There have been hundreds and thousands of wildly unsupported claims that something is the best thing since sliced bread – but do you know what? No one tries to say that they topped it.
Otto Frederick Rohwedder – the father of sliced bread and arguably one of the greatest inventors of the 20th century. Rohwedder invented a machine that sliced bread in 1912 but like most geniuses he was not appreciated right away and in fact bakeries were reluctant to use it in case the bread went stale.
It was not until 1928 when Rohwedder invented a machine that both sliced and wrapped the bread that sliced bread really began to take off.
In the later half of the 20th century bread began to symbolise class. It was usually the rich who ate white bread and the poor who ate dark (brown) bread. But this began to change during this period as the rich began to eat wholegrain bread as it was deemed more nutritious and the poor ate white bread, ignoring it’s inferior nutritional values. But then luckily Hovis Best of Both came along and no longer was Britain so class divided.
Now I hope you all feel a little bit more informed on the large part that bread has played on our lives for centuries now.
If I have wetted your appetite for some bread bowls then you still have a little time (before 12.30pm) to get in your office deliveries in!