October 27, 2016

10 Ways to Avoid Wasting Bread

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Living in a hot and humid climate, I noticed that bread goes stale a lot quicker than when a lived in a dry area.   I always feel bad having to throw out stale bread so I started finding ways to make it last longer or re-purpose it.  Here are a few ways that have worked well for me:

  1.  Freeze it  If I have extra, I just keep a few slices on the counter and freeze the rest.  I thought I’d be able to tell the difference in quality but there really was no noticeable difference in taste or texture after it was thawed.
  2.  Refrigerate and Toast it   I also tried storing bread in the fridge.  I did notice a difference in the texture – it gets a bit harder, but if you toast the bread, then no one can tell.
  3. Make croutons  It is very easy to make croutons.  Just slice the bread in squares, toss with a teaspoon of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Garlic and onion powder also add a nice flavor.  Bake at 375°, mixing them occasionally, around 10-15 minutes or until they turn golden.
  4. Garlic Bread Sticks    Butter the bread slices.  Season with garlic salt.  Slice the bread into 1 inch wide strips.  Bake at 375°, mixing them occasionally, around 10 minutes.  The butter seems to make them darken a bit quicker than olive oil.  Serve with your favorite pasta dish.
  5. Bread crumbs
    Freeze leftover bread before it goes stale.  Once you have enough pieces to make a batch, bake them in the oven at 250-300 for 10-15 minutes.  Place in a blender or food processor.  I’ve even used a cheese grater to make bread crumbs when I didn’t have either one and it worked.
  6. Grilled cheese sandwiches    I learned how to make grilled cheese sandwiches watching hospital cafeteria workers in one of my first jobs.  Toast two pieces of bread lightly first. Then add a tablespoon of butter to the pan or grill.  Place cheddar cheese in between the bread and brown both sides of the sandwich in the pan.  Serve with a slice of tomato and pickles.
  7. Stretch ground beef for hamburger, meatloaf or meatballs.
  8. French toast   Lightly toast the bread.   Scramble an egg and add cinnamon, vanilla and a tablespoon of milk.  Dip the toasted bread in the egg until it is moistened, and fry in a buttered pan.  It is ready when it is golden brown.  Serve with maple or pancake syrup.
  9. Thicken soups  You can add pieces of bread into any soup to thicken the consistency.
  10. Feed the birds  If you no longer want to eat it, cut bread in small pieces and use as bird feed.

I know there are many more uses for bread, such as making bread pudding, or French onion soup, etc.  but these are the ones I have tried.
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6 Comments on 10 Ways to Avoid Wasting Bread

  1. I know you listed breadcrumbs already but I take chunks of bread and put them in the food processor without toasting them first. They come out like panko breadcrumbs and are seriously the best breadcrumbs I’ve ever used. You can use them as a coating or mix them with veg’s or whatever to make stuffed zucchini or really anything.

    • Hi Jen, Always wanted to know how to make panko crumbs-makes really good fried chicken. Thanks for the tip!

  2. This is a great list! Sometimes you forget the simple ideas of what to do with things as opposed to simply throwing them in the trash. My favorite is the crouton idea. Homemade croutons in a home grown salad … what could be better 🙂

    • Hi Mike, Wow, a homegrown salad with homemade croutons sounds wonderful! Thanks for the comment!

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