All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The Beans of Portland, Maine

MSNBC's bowtied bloviater Tucker Carlson writes in today's New York Times Magazine about working at the Burnham & Morrill plant in Portland one summer while in college.
Most of my jobs were safe enough. One week I scraped charred beans from the insides of the ovens. The next I ran a machine that stacked cans onto pallets. For two weeks after that, I extracted the hot cans in which B&M baked its brown bread. They were made in enormous pressure cookers that looked like missile silos and were called reefers, for some mysterious reason. By the end, I got curious about the bread and tasted some. Surprisingly, it was pretty good. [Link]
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