I was very saddened to hear this week about the closure of KUB Bakery. Next year would have been 100 years for the legendary Winnipeg brand. Owner Ross Einfeld says there is still a chance KUB rye bread will survive after a break as talks with potential buyers have resumed. My fingers are crossed that it really is an amazing product. But why is it so good? Well, Ross says it’s two things… the recipe, of course, and the baking process. He calls it weird, but he admits there’s actually no rye flour in the bread. Instead, it contains malted barley flour. And as for how the bread was baked, a boiler would blow steam into the oven so the loaves would rise but not crack. That would give the KUB rye a nice shiny coating with a bagel-like finish. Manitoba social gatherings will never be the same. I would like to wish Ross all the best in his retirement and thank the entire Einfeld family for many years of an excellent product.
BROKEN EGG RECORD
Manitoba Egg Farmers has set a new record at Harvest Manitoba. In just one month, MEF donated 12,000 dozen eggs to people in need. That is quite an achievement when you consider that it is more than three times what farmers normally give in a month to the food bank. Also a record, the 90,000 Manitobans who need help every month from Harvest Manitoba. Please help Harvest if you can…
COWORKERS INFLUENCE FOOD
Your coworkers could be influencing your health more than you think. Researchers in Germany and the Netherlands say employees are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables and be physically active when their colleagues encourage a healthy lifestyle. Scientists say that encouragement and healthy behaviors from coworkers have the potential to help create a culture of health in the workplace.
Real, lab-grown chicken may soon be in your favorite grocery store. The US Food and Drug Administration has declared the production process to be safe. That is a key step on the road to approval. “This is a defining moment in food history,” said Uma Valeti, founder of Upside Foods. There’s a whole new industry developing different meats that are grown from cells taken from animals, usually through biopsy. The technology is self-renewing, meaning the process does not require culling animals.
CHANGE OF SHAKE AND BAKE
Shake ‘N Bake has announced that their boxes will no longer include a plastic shaker bag. The decision to cut bags will save a staggering 900,000 pounds of plastic waste each year. Shake ‘N Bake suggests that customers turn to a reusable container.
78 PUBS IN 24 HOURS
This brings me back to my pub crawl days. A South African man living in Melbourne, Australia has broken a Guinness World Record by going from pub to 78 different establishments in a 24-hour period. Heinrich de Villiers takes the title from Englishman Nathan Crimp, who had a drink in 67 places in one day.
— Hal has written columns for years. He is also the host of Connecting Winnipeg weekday mornings from 10-12 on 680 CJOB. He can email you at [email protected]