Waste Not: 5 Ways to Use Leftover Bread
If you have more than just a few slices left when the bread starts to go stale, you can usually freshen it up for at least one more meal. Just spritz the surface of the loaf with a little water and bake it in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes.
The loaf will stale much more quickly after this, so use up the remainder in one of these ways:
2. Breadcrumbs – We use breadcrumbs for everything from making a crunchy topping on casseroles to breading chicken before frying. It’s easy to make our own and nice to have a few cups ready when we need them.
4. French Toast and Bread Pudding – Stale bread is the perfect vehicle for custardy, eggy puddings. Make French toast or layer slices of the old bread in a casserole dish to make bread pudding (here are some recipes).
Bread also freezes extremely well. If we don’t have an immediate need for the stale bread, we cut it into slices or cubes (or leave it whole if we’re lazy), package it in a freezer container, and throw it in the freezer. It thaws in a few minutes and we can use it however we want!
What do you do with leftover bread?