Black History Month: The automatic bread-making machine

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A century ago, bread bought in stores was handmade, a time and labor-intensive process.

That changed when an African-American food executive from Boston, Joseph Lee, invented an automatic bread-making machine.

This device mixed the ingredients and then kneaded the dough, dropping the cost of making bread while increasing production.

Lee also developed a machine to eliminate the waste of unsold bread by recycling the loaves into bread crumbs — which proved to be popular in restaurants the world over.

Today in the U.S., African-American families buy an average of $232 worth of bakery products annually.

Sources: Black Inventor Online Museum

Statistical Abstract of the United States 2009, t. 664

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