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10 Things to Do With Stale Bread

SUSTAINABLE - AMERICA- 10 THINGS TO DO WITH STALE BREAD AMERICANS BUY APPROXIMATELY 3 BILLION LOAVES OF BREAD A YEAR 25% OF THAT ENDS UP IN THE TRASH THAT'S 750 MILLION LOAVES! How many times have you dug into the breadbox only to find a hard, crusty rock where a fresh loaf of bread used to be? It's time to take back the bread! Here's how to use up those stale bits, plus tips for keeping it fresh as long as possible. 1. REFRESH IT Revive stale bread by placing it in a dampened paper bag and baking in a 300°F oven for 3 minutes. 2. USE IT IN RECIPES Day-old bread is the basis of many recipes, like French toast, bruschetta, bread pudding, French onion soup, stuffing, stratas, meatloaf, and panzanella - and it makes excellent grilled cheese sandwiches. 3. FREEZE IT If you're not ready to use it in a dish, toss it in a zip-top bag and freeze it for later. Leave room in the bag to add future stale bread. 4. MAKE BREADCRUMBS Dry out bread slices on a baking sheet at your oven's lowest temperature. Grind dry bread in a food processor then dry the crumbs out again in the oven for another hour. Store in an airtight container for up to 6 months. 5. MAKE CROUTONS Cube stale bread, toss it with olive oil and herbs and spices. Spread on baking sheet and toast in the oven on a low temperature until golden brown. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. 6. THICKEN SOUP Add a slice of stale bread into blended soups to add texture. 7. DIP IT The sturdiness of stale bread pieces make them perfect for dipping in fondue or other sauces, 8. KEEP VEGGIES FRESH し D A piece of stale bread in the crisper drawer helps absorb moisture and keep vegetables fresh. Replace every day or two. 9. FEED YOUR PLANTS Breadcrumbs can add moisture and nutrients to potting or garden soil. Dry stale bread in the oven, grind to create fine breadcrumbs, then mix into soil. 10. TREAT YOUR DOG Make fido some snacks by mixing 2 cup stale breadcrumbs with 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2/3 cup water, and 6 Tbsp. oil. Roll out, cut out shapes with a cookie cutter, and place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in a 350° F oven for 35 to 40 minutes. * DON'T TOSS THOSE HEELS! * Use bread heels as burger buns, turn them inside out to make grilled cheese, toss one in your brown sugar container or cookie jar to keep everything soft, or save them in the freezer to make breadcrumbs. HOW TO STORE BREAD Bread will actually go stale more quickly in the refrigerator. Here's how to make it last: FRESH-BAKED BREAD: PRE-SLICED BREAD: Wrap in a cloth napkin or towel then store in paper bag on the counter or in a breadbox. If you won't use it all in 2-3 days, freeze a portion in an airtight plastic bag for up to 6 months. Store it in the plastic bag it comes in for 5-7 days on the counter or breadbox or for 6 months in the freezer. IN THE UNITED STATES, 40% OF OUR FOOD NEVER MAKES IT TO THE TABLE. SUSTAINABLE AMERICA IS COMMITTED TO CUTTING FOOD WASTE IN HALF BY 2035. SUSTAINABLEAMERICA.ORG SOURCES: SUSTAINABLE - AMERICA - NRDC,,,

10 Things to Do With Stale Bread

shared by SustainableAmerica on Feb 04
When's the last time you used a whole loaf of bread, down to the last crumb, before it went stale or moldy? It’s not easy. Most of us try our best, it seems like there are always a few slices or nub...




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