Bread products. At our house, we use them every week, but we never use as much as we buy. Hot dog buns are a great example. With the introduction of bun-sized hot dogs, we now have the same number of dogs as buns. That’s a good thing. It takes two weeks for my husband and me to consume a whole package of hot dogs, but it only takes one week for a package of hot dog buns to get stale. We also can’t eat a whole loaf of bread in a week. If you hate wasting food, like I hate wasting food, here’s some great uses for that old bread sitting on top of your refrigerator.
Dressing–It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to make dressing. You don’t even have to be eating turkey. Dressing is also great with pork chops, chicken, and ham.So the next time you have more bread products than you can consume, spread them out and let them dry. Then just bag them up until you have enough to make a batch of dressing. Your family will love you for it!
Bread Crumbs–You can also put the old bread through your food processor or blender. Don’t dry it out before you process it and you’ll have soft bread crumbs to use in things like meatloaves. Dry it out before processing and you’ll have dry bread crumbs to use for things like breaded pork chops. Leave them plain. Add some seasonings. You’ll love the money you save.
Croutons–Salads are only as good as the freshness of the ingredients you use. Why would you serve your family lovely fresh greens, lush tomatoes, and crispy cucumber slices and then throw hard lumps of bread from a box on top? If you’ve never had homemade croutons before, you simply have to try them sometime. They’re like little pieces of seasoned toast, crisp on the outside, softer on the inside, and full of flavor. Melt some butter in a saute pan, add some seasonings, and then toss in your old bread cut up into cubes. Saute the bread cubes until they are golden brown. Your family will take a whole new interest in salads!
Bread Pudding–You can even make dessert out of old bread. Bread pudding is kind of like a dessert equivalent of French toast. Combine gently stale bread with fruit, nuts, chocolate, your favorite liqueur and add a wonderfully eggy custard and you’ve got a warm and wonderful dessert that just begs for a dollop of whipped cream.
Bird Food–Last but never least, don’t forget our fine, feathered friends. Bread crumbled up into small pieces is fine to scatter outside for the birds.
Try these recipes that use old bread:
- Fluffy French Toast
- Garlic Croutons
- Ham Loaf
- Hamburger Cupcakes
- Italian Bread Crumbs
- Limoncello Bread Pudding
- Sage Dressing
- Savory Meatloaf
- Split Pea Soup with Kielbasa