What Can I Do with Leftover Stale Cereal?

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Q: What can I do with old (stale) cereal? I always buy it at the grocery store thinking I'll eat it during the week, but invariably end up finding several boxes with less than a bowl's-worth left crowding my pantry.

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Editor: Zack, a couple thoughts. First of all, if your leftover cereal is not very sweet — you know, things like corn flakes, wheaties, and Grape-Nuts — you can crush it and use it as breading for oven-baked chicken, or as a mix-in for homemade granola bars.

On the other hand, one way to make your cereal-buying more efficient is to look for a grocery store (co-op, Whole Foods...) that will let you buy your cereal from the bulk bins. You can take a jar and fill it up with just what you'll need for a week.

Reader, any thoughts for Zack?


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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.