Love Your Leftovers – Bread

Oct 15, 2016 | 1 comment


Love Your Leftovers – Bread


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.

20 recipe ideas for leftover bread 


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.

What can you make with your breadcrumbs?

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

Mash up a tin of sardines in oil with four tablespoons of breadcrumbs and then spread it over four slices of bread that have been toasted on the other side. Toast the bread with the sardine mixture on it and then chop up a hard boiled egg and spread this over the sardine topping and add some basil. Being quite Mediterranean, it might translate into a pizza or perhaps just a starter: tostini alla Portuguesa.


Breadcrumbs aside, you could also make

    • Bread Pudden
    • Bread and Butter Pudding
    • Croutons, with all sorts of wonderful flavours
    • Panzanella
    • 24 Ways to Eat Bread Pudding, – examples are Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding, Strata with Mushroom, Sweet Potato, and Bacon, Sweet Corn Bread Pudding, Pork Sausage Bread Pudding with Aged Gouda and Sundried Tomato or Brioche Nutella Bread Pudding.Yum, yum
    • 17 ways to use stale bread.
    • 20 recipe ideas for using up stale bread
    • French toast either fried in honey for sweet or butter/oil for savoury
    • Meredith Blundell on Pat Parkers feed yourself for £1 a day Facebook page suggested this yummy idea.  Doughnuts. Cut 2 slices into circles with a pint glass. Put filling in between like jam or chocolate or apple sauce. Put bread together, squeeze the edges together. Dip in batter and deep fry then roll in sugar when done. These sound much too good, I don’t think I dare try them! Add the leftover pieces of bread to wherever you keep the leftover bread ready to be made into breadcrumbs.


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