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Old 03-23-2007, 01:43 PM
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Name for end piece of bread?

You know the first and last slices of bread? Some people call it the heel, or just "the end piece". My family and my girlfriends' family, however, call it a "Putka", or "Pudka".

My instincts tell me this is a Polish term, as both our families have lived on the south side for many generations (and are part Polish), but I can't Google it because I'm sure that those spellings are wrong.

Can someone familiar with Polish confirm or deny the, er, Polish-ness of "putka"? I suppose it could be German or Yiddish as well...
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Old 03-23-2007, 01:48 PM
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I've never known it as anything but the heel. Thanks for an alternative.

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Old 03-23-2007, 02:00 PM
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The heel is all I know and it makes sense.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:02 PM
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I've always called it the butt. I'm not sure where that came from.
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I called it a heel for 25 years. Then my son came home from school one day and informed me it's called the "butt" of the bread. Works for me!
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:08 PM
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I too call it the butt because it is smelly. I always toss the butts of the bread. I like my plain bread light and airy not dense and butty. Dense bread has to be special like pumpkin, banana or zucchini.
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Heel, or end.

Great on a nice crusty loaf, to be avoided at all costs on a sliced white bread loaf.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:15 PM
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I call it the stub.

I usually end up being the one making a sandwich out of the bread stubs, because I don't like to waste them.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:17 PM
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We always called it the Crust.
Depending on the context the word was used in we never had trouble distingishing between the crust on the end, and the crust around the outside.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:21 PM
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If I have sliced bread, I call the end the crust.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:23 PM
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I always called it the heel, but I learn new things on the Dope everyday. Apparently, I like butt.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:25 PM
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111. What do you call the end of a loaf of bread?
a. end (17.29%)
b. heel (59.15%)
c. crust (15.21%)
d. nose (0.17%)
e. butt (3.53%)
f. shpitzel (0.05%)
g. I have no word for this (1.97%)
h. other (2.63%)
(10665 respondents)

http://cfprod01.imt.uwm.edu/Dept/FLL...aps/q_111.html
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:28 PM
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Mmmmm.......bread heel.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:35 PM
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pudka, putka

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Originally Posted by hekk
You know the first and last slices of bread? Some people call it the heel, or just "the end piece". My family and my girlfriends' family, however, call it a "Putka", or "Pudka".

My instincts tell me this is a Polish term, as both our families have lived on the south side for many generations (and are part Polish), but I can't Google it because I'm sure that those spellings are wrong.

Can someone familiar with Polish confirm or deny the, er, Polish-ness of "putka"? I suppose it could be German or Yiddish as well...



Hey, ignorant, but learning, here---- I just googled it and pudka is a doll of some sort- I think oriental and putka is a mini pumpkin!

I call the ends of the bread heels. The "crust" is all around the bread!
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:42 PM
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You know the first and last slices of bread? Some people call it the heel, or just "the end piece". My family and my girlfriends' family, however, call it a "Putka", or "Pudka".
I just asked a Polish co-worker for the Polish word for the end of a loaf of bread. She said it's "pietka."
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by hekk
You know the first and last slices of bread? Some people call it the heel, or just "the end piece". My family and my girlfriends' family, however, call it a "Putka", or "Pudka".

My instincts tell me this is a Polish term, as both our families have lived on the south side for many generations (and are part Polish), but I can't Google it because I'm sure that those spellings are wrong.

Can someone familiar with Polish confirm or deny the, er, Polish-ness of "putka"? I suppose it could be German or Yiddish as well...



also, origin of putka is bulgarian..it says in google
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:49 PM
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A long-ago roommate called it the "bread protector."
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:51 PM
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I just asked a Polish co-worker for the Polish word for the end of a loaf of bread. She said it's "pietka."


So "pudka" or "putka" would just be derived from "pietka". Did she pronounce it "Pee-yayt-ka" or was it closer to the way I say it?
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:52 PM
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As I said, heel for end of bread....MY BIG QUESTION is "Does anyone know how to make "BROWNIE CRUST" out of the whole pan of brownoies? You know how the whole family wants to cut around the pan to get the chewy edges? I want the whole PAN to be that "chewy, crunchy, fudgy" consistency! Help!
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:57 PM
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So "pudka" or "putka" would just be derived from "pietka". Did she pronounce it "Pee-yayt-ka" or was it closer to the way I say it?
I didn't get her to pronounce it. I only sent her an email (we are on different floors). There's actually a special character from what I've been able to discern online: PIĘTKA

Online translation engines give this as a English-Polish translation of heel.

Anyway, if I see in person today, I'll ask her to say the word.
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:57 PM
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I've always called it the Heel, and so does everyone I know.

The only alternative name for it I've come across is from the book Family Words, where a woman volunteered that she called the "Bunce", a word she said she made up so as to have something nicer than "Heel" to call it.


http://amazon.com/Family-Words-D...4676253&sr=8-1
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Old 03-23-2007, 02:59 PM
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I make croutons out of my "heels", or little pizza's. I save about a weeks worth, -we go through 5 loaves a week at least, and on saturday, I make any different kind of pizza's, from traditional to dessert--the "crusty" part of the heel is on the bottom, and it won't leak! REALLY GOOD!
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:20 PM
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I called it a heel for 25 years. Then my son came home from school one day and informed me it's called the "butt" of the bread. Works for me!
Same here, only I was 30-something and it wasn't your son, but the SDMB.

Putka sounds a little too much like puta for me.
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:27 PM
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I too call it the butt because it is smelly.
Does it not bother you that a piece of smelly bread is rubbing up against the slice next to it? What do you call the slice next to the smelly slice?
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:35 PM
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I, too, call it the heel. I refuse to call it butt.
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:37 PM
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I've always called it the butt. I'm not sure where that came from.
Does that mean that the loaf has a butt at both ends?

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Old 03-23-2007, 03:39 PM
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As I said, heel for end of bread....MY BIG QUESTION is "Does anyone know how to make "BROWNIE CRUST" out of the whole pan of brownoies? You know how the whole family wants to cut around the pan to get the chewy edges? I want the whole PAN to be that "chewy, crunchy, fudgy" consistency! Help!
Try this. I bought one for my mother and she loves it.
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:40 PM
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I'm liking 'shpitzel' myself. I know it's formally 'heel' but I think 'end crust' pretty much gets the message across.
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Old 03-23-2007, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by hekk
You know the first and last slices of bread? Some people call it the heel, or just "the end piece". My family and my girlfriends' family, however, call it a "Putka", or "Pudka".

My instincts tell me this is a Polish term, as both our families have lived on the south side for many generations (and are part Polish), but I can't Google it because I'm sure that those spellings are wrong.

Can someone familiar with Polish confirm or deny the, er, Polish-ness of "putka"? I suppose it could be German or Yiddish as well...
I discovered this several years ago myself. I found it to be a regional thing. I've always called it the heel (I'm originally from Oklahoma). A good friend of mine from Pennsylvania always called it the crust.
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My instincts tell me this is a Polish term, as both our families have lived on the south side for many generations (and are part Polish), but I can't Google it because I'm sure that those spellings are wrong.

Can someone familiar with Polish confirm or deny the, er, Polish-ness of "putka"? I suppose it could be German or Yiddish as well...
I'm Polish on both sides, and I've never heard "putka" before in my life.
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Old 03-23-2007, 04:02 PM
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I call it the "ass-end" or butt.

It smells? It smells like bread.

I was going to recommend bakersedge.com (for the chewy-brownie-edge-on-every-piece), but see I was beaten to the punch.
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Old 03-23-2007, 04:09 PM
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Count me in with the people who always called it the heal.
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Old 03-23-2007, 04:21 PM
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Try this. I bought one for my mother and she loves it.
[GuinnessGuys] BRILLIANT! [/GG] I'm not sure if it's worth $34 (plus whatever shipping is), but it's a close call....

And as long as we're still polling on bread terms, it's "heel" for me.
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Old 03-23-2007, 05:38 PM
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The "heel" by any other name is still a heel. Or so it has been for some 70+ years.
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Old 03-23-2007, 05:58 PM
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MINE!

Seriously, I have always heard it called the "heel."
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:08 PM
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Try this. I bought one for my mother and she loves it.

I NEED....!!!!



As for bread: I call it the crust on a loaf of sliced bread and the heel or the butt on a baguette style bread, mostly depending on who I'm talking to or who is around me at the time. Sometimes I'll even simply call it the ends... I'm not very consistent!
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Old 03-23-2007, 06:09 PM
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Does it not bother you that a piece of smelly bread is rubbing up against the slice next to it? What do you call the slice next to the smelly slice?
<emphasis mine>
badchad?

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I'll fight anyone who doesn't call it the "heel."
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:10 PM
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We always called it the Crust.
Depending on the context the word was used in we never had trouble distingishing between the crust on the end, and the crust around the outside.
Same here.

That's all it is really, one big piece of crust.
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Old 03-23-2007, 08:55 PM
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My mum always reffered to the ends of a loaf as the "Toppers."

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Old 03-23-2007, 09:09 PM
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I call it the best piece of the loaf. I try to grab it right away.
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It was the "heel" when I was a tot, but my wife's family (mostly of German extraction) called it the "zipfel".
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:32 PM
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Does that mean that the loaf has a butt at both ends?

Why not? Many people seem to.
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Old 03-23-2007, 09:33 PM
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We always called it the "heel" when I was growing up. But recently, for an unknown reason, I noticed I was calling it the crust. My son calls it the crust.
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Old 03-23-2007, 10:27 PM
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I call it the best piece of the loaf. I try to grab it right away.
I'm a butt man myself -- boy that'll be taken out of context won't it. But back to the point, you've got to leave the butt/heel/putka in place it has a job! You Eat that sucker first or throw it away and the loaf starts drying out - not good.

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Crust. I'd never heard it called anything else 'till I saw it called the heel on this board.
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Old 03-24-2007, 01:40 AM
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I didn't get her to pronounce it. I only sent her an email (we are on different floors). There's actually a special character from what I've been able to discern online: PIĘTKA .
That would be pronounced approximately as "PYENT-ka." (The "e" is a nasal vowel, like the "e" in "eng".)

Polish on both sides. Never heard my Polish-born folks refer to the heel as either putka or pietka. If I remember, I'll ask them.
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you've got to leave the butt/heel/putka in place it has a job!
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Bonus: If you're Mom or Dad you don't mind eating the heel. One more sammich for me !
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Crust. I'd never heard it called anything else 'till I saw it called the heel on this board.
I agree. It's always been crust among my family. I've never heard any of these other alternatives ("heel"; "butt").
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Crust in the UK. Heel in the US.

I still call it the crust which generally results in strange looks from the wife and sproglets.
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