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Why is a baker's dozen 13?

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Reed Keeling

February 19, 2020 3:18PM

   No one’s completely sure. The most common theory is that since there were harsh punishments for medieval bakers who shorted their customers, they took to throwing in an extra item in case any of them were accidentally a little light (many of them didn’t have scales, so they couldn’t tell exactly).

   Punishments for medieval bakers were kind of wild—ranging from fines to getting dunked in the river—so the extra caution makes a lot of sense.
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Oscar Groombridge

February 24, 2020 5:32PM

   It is the leftover dough that is either not enough (so put in for the baker to eat) or it is in case one of the others doesn't rise properly. This was to avoid harsh mediaval punishments if there weren't enoughloaves of bread.
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Chuck Kinn

February 25, 2020 2:30PM

   Another answer I have heard along my 60 years is.... An extra one was included in case one of the "dozen" was bad. Then you think wait... 13? As in Friday the 13th?
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Kristen Paris

February 28, 2020 1:26PM

   I have heard several theories on this, but since nobody seems certain, as a frequent baker, I will throw one more into the mix. On a cookie sheet, to maximize space utilization, cookies (or rolls, etc) are often staggered to fit as many as possible in the pan. So a row of 3 is followed by a row of 2 in the gaps, followed by another row of 3, etc. Alternating rows like this brings us to 3+2+3+2+3 = 13, which often fills a pan.
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Mihan Munawar

February 28, 2020 1:23AM

   In 13th century England, a law was enacted which prevented bakers from cheating customers and selling light loaves of bread. To prevent themselves from getting in trouble with the law, bakers would give an extra loaf for every dozen purchased to make up for any potential shortfall.
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Silas Schulz

February 28, 2020 1:05AM

   I think a bakers dozen is 13 because if the cook tried to poisen the cookies or something,

   there would be a taster person that would taste them. If it was piosened, the king would know because the taster would probobly die.
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Gary Bennett

February 27, 2020 1:28AM

   Because the baker had to many rolls left over, so he added one to the dozen or 13 a bakers dozen. Gary B
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Nur Eisya

February 26, 2020 11:27PM

   to taste it for sure !
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Morgan Burlamachi

February 26, 2020 9:09PM

   B/c they need to try it out.
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ryan lin

February 26, 2020 11:21AM

   It's the way it belongs to!
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Xander Knight

February 24, 2020 9:24PM

   so the baker can tast his food.
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Jeremy Lojano

February 24, 2020 9:02PM

   because... why not
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Clark Rosenbaum

April 27, 2009 4:14PM

   Because it's not a normal dozen it's a baker's dozen. Because it's not a normal dozen it's a baker's dozen.

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