The simplest way to avoid waste is to keep your bread in the freezer. Slice it first if necessary. Then just take out what you want , when you want it. That way, you won’t ever have any stale bread. Even if you are that organised, bread is one of the most wasted items in our grocery shopping. My husband often buys a baguette, eats half of it, then leaves the other half on the worktop to go rock hard. Maybe toast is made and not eaten, or no-one will eat the two crust ends
That baquette, and many other types of bread, can be refreshed in the oven. Moisten the bread with a little water, then heat in a warm oven until it is crunchy again. Eat straight away, as it goes even more hard than it was before as it cools. You could add a little butter and garlic to it before it goes in the oven, for lovely garlic bread from something that might have been thrown away.
However you get stale bread, it can be made into breadcrumbs. Store the crumbs in the freezer ready for when you want to use them. Any bread left on plates, especially by children, can be rescued this way and revived. Or make them into croutons, many ideas and flavours below. Using up bread, old, new, classic and fancy.
Turn them into
- Mix them with cheese and use to top gratins
- Fry with oil or butter and scatter over anything that would benefit from the crunch
- Zombie Burgers
- Dead Good Old Tarts
- Pea-Crumb Fritters, these cost a positively miserly 6p
- Replace the flour in Oaty Crumbles with all or some breadcrumbs. These are really good, all breadcrumbs gives a wonderful light and crispy finish
- Add some brown sugar, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and coconut flakes to dried breadcrumbs for a delicious ice cream topper
More ideas from Paula and Katherine
lots of other ideas
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