A Hundred Miles of Cookies Every Day (Feb, 1929)

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A Hundred Miles of Cookies Every Day

USING complicated machines, modern bakeries turn out millions of cookies every day to satisfy the American sweet tooth.

MUCH has been said of quantity production, and in the public mind the term usually is associated with motor car assembling. But the process of continuous manufacture was in use in other industries long before the automobile achieved its remarkable popularity.

Among the interesting and romantic if not so widely advertised industries utilizing the continuous process of production is the manufacture of table dainties for everyday consumption, such as cookies and other pastries. These factories also have their miles of conveyor belts which pick up raw materials at one end of the plant, receive added ingredients as they pass certain stages, and finally emerge a completed product.

Cookies are one of the leading products of the pastry and confectionery industry. They may be said to be an American institution, in that the United States leads all other nations in their manufacture and sale.

The bulk of ingredients that go into a modern cookie plant and the number of individual articles that come out in a finished stage offer a computation in mathematics. In many cities there are factories that produce hundreds of miles of cookies every week. A production of 100,000 cookies a day requires about 125 sacks of flour, 7,000 pounds of sugar, 500 gallons of pure, fresh milk; 500 pounds of butter, 9,000 dozen eggs, 3,000 pounds of shortening and 2,400 pounds of fruits.

The huge batches of ingredients go into giant electrically driven mixing bowls armed with paddle agitators which work up the dough. When the mixture Is ready, it is cut into shape and delivered to an endless belt which carries the dough through the ovens into the shipping room.

7 comments
  1. Firebrand38 says: July 15, 200912:35 pm

    “Table dainties”? Too bad no one writes like that anymore.

  2. StanFlouride says: July 15, 20097:24 pm

    Which ones are the elves?

  3. George says: July 15, 20099:16 pm

    The photo of the “skilled dippers” brings to mind Lucy and Ethel at the chocolate factory. “Ok, SPEED IT UP!!”

  4. Firebrand38 says: July 15, 20099:38 pm

    Yeah it’s been done http://blog.modernmecha…

  5. Mike says: July 16, 20097:49 am

    “USING complicated machines,”

    You just can not handle how complicated it is so the article wont explain it to you.

  6. katey says: July 16, 200911:53 pm

    When introduced the Twinkie had a 3 day shelf life… today it has a 3 month shelf life.

    I’m about to indulglge in some 3 week old, still soft, oatmeal cookies, but without the buffer of gin I would be horrified. Bring on the assembly line, but I’d love to live in a world where shelf-life wasn’t taken for granted so much.

  7. Firebrand38 says: July 17, 20091:06 pm

    katey: Not quite true http://www.snopes.com/f…

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