Anyone who’s ever been a picky eater has at some point entered extensive negotiations with their parents over how and whether to eat their crusts. Normally, through threats, bribery or some combination of the two, picky kids eventually fold and eat the dark brown, angular matchsticks of bread that have been tactically scattered around the plate. This is a dinner time dance as old as time. However, things become considerably more complicated if your whole loaf is made entirely out of crust. Negotiation suddenly looks a lot tougher.
This was the situation that faced a baffled British mum this week, when she unwrapped a new loaf of bread, only to discover that the entire thing was constructed out of unwanted end cuts. 41-year-old Timea Ganji, from Radcliffe-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, made the shocking discovery after opening a new bag of Kingsmill, prior to preparing her children’s pack lunches. As Ganji explained in an interview with the BBC, "It just looked like a normal loaf when we bought it,” not realising her misfortunate until she returned home.
Ganji went on to add that, though certainly unusual, the anomalous bread was certainly “...not funny first thing in the morning, when you have half an hour to get the kids to school and there's no time to get another loaf.” Discussing the error further Ganji added, "Because of the yellow packaging, you can't see it properly. You can see it's sliced, but you couldn't see it is all just crusts. Then, in the morning, I just wanted some toast and to make sandwiches and I was just staring at it. I don't really understand how it can happen."
After posting her discovery to Facebook, Ganji was reminded of several crust-eating urban legends, though none of these offered any respite from the situation at hand. When asked whether the kids would really mind being subjected to an entirely crust-based lunch, Ganji confirmed, "I don't mind eating them. I love baguettes with butter on them, or an end of sourdough or tiger bread, but these ends are not as tasty. You can't make sandwiches with them and the kids won't eat them."
The entire ordeal was troubling for both Ganji and Kingsmill, who have admitted to being totally stumped as to how a bag such as this could have made it through quality control. A spokeswoman for the business vehemently stressed that the company "would not allow for a loaf consisting solely of crusts to pass through their strict quality control processes," while also reassuring concerned customers that Kingsmill were determined "to find out how this particular collection of crusts found its way into Mrs Ganji's shopping". Whatever the reason, it’s abundantly clear that Ganji’s story is both unusual and alarming.