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Episode 14-Sandwiched?

Welcome to the 14th episode of "What's Shakin With Shaner". Shakin Shaner is joined by Marquis and Tony, fellow sandwich connoisseurs, as they discuss bread and its secret code, the namesake of sandwiches, the first sandwich recipe in America and the great debate of what is and is not a sandwich. 

The first published sandwich recipe in America was in 1815. It was not ham or turkey. It was actually a beef tongue sandwich and it is still popular in parts of the world in the form of Tongue Toast. 

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Bread's Secret Code

Though you can search a bread bag for the expiration-date fine print, there's another small detail that will quickly and easily tell you how fresh its contents are: the twist tie. That's right, the plastic tags or metal ties tell you which day of the week bread was baked on. The codes are as follows:


Monday – blue,

Tuesday – green,

Thursday – red,

Friday – white 

Saturday – yellow.


The reason behind the color coding is to make it easier for employees to remove stale loaves from the shelves and replace them with fresh ones. Need an easy way to remember the schedule? The colors go in alphabetical order, making it one less thing to forget as you cruise the aisles. Most sources refer to a five-day delivery schedule and most bakeries, at least in the past, did not bake on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Rueben History

More obscure facts, did you know that the Rueben was first invented outside of a New York deli. That’s right the Rueben was first crafted in Omaha Nebraska. 


According to Omaha lore, the Reuben Sandwich was dreamed up at Omaha's Blackstone Hotel in 1925 by Reuben Kulakofsky, a local grocer, to feed a group of late-night poker players. Charles Schimmel, one of the players and the hotel's owner, liked it so much he put it on the menu of The Plush Horse, the hotel restaurant. A competing claim comes from the family of Arnold Reuben, who owned a series of New York City restaurants. Although there is evidence that a sandwich similar to the classic Reuben was served at Arnold Reuben's restaurants, only family stories substantiate his claim to THE Reuben Sandwich. There is no actual proof of their claim.

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