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Bread is one of the household food items which go to waste the most often. But, this needn’t be the case. You do not have to throw out leftover bread. In fact, throwing out old bread can be regarded as an outright waste. Maybe the family doesn’t like the crust or the bread you bought a few days ago is looking a little dry. This doesn’t mean it should be destined for the dustbin.

Store bought and ready sliced bread will inevitably last much longer than the bread you make at home. And, assuming your bread lasts long enough for it to actually go dry, you need to know that you’re sitting on a world of flavour. Leftover bread is so much more than stale; it’s just lying there begging to be made into something wonderful. Here are a few things you can do with old bread:

Breadcrumbs

Buying breadcrumbs can end up being costly if you use them enough. Why not make your own? Spread leftover bread slices on a baking sheet and pop it into the oven until the bread slices turn golden brown. Then flip those tasty slices around and bake the other side. Next, you will want to let them dry for a few hours. Finally, use a food processor to blend every slice into fine crumbs. Easy as that! Homemade bread crumbs can be stored in an air-tight container or the can be frozen.

Croutons From Leftover Bread

Stale bread makes the absolute best croutons. Please note that soft squishy lunch breads do not work as well as denser loaf types. Although you can use whichever you have available. Preheat a baking sheet in the oven to 180°C. In the meantime, cut your bread into 4cm cubes and place them into a bowl. Pour olive oil, pepper, and salt over the bread and toss it around until every piece of bread is nicely coated. Arrange the oil coated bread pieces on the warm baking sheet in a single layer. Bake the bread for around 20 minutes or until the pieces turn crusty. You want to then remove the bread and let it cool completely before using it.

Crostini

These delightfully delicious appetisers are perfect if you have a leftover baguette lying around. Simply cut the bread into 2cm slices before brushing each one with olive oil. Next, pop them into the oven to toast up a little. Serve them with an array of sauces and dip. Your guests will love them we guarantee it.

Toasty Bread Bowls

We cannot think of a better way to use leftover round breads than making toasted bread bowls. You can fill these delicious treats with anything from hearty stews to winter warmer soups. And, as an added bonus, you get to eat the dishes! Yip, that means less washing up to do afterward. Why would you ever want to eat out of anything else again?

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Round Bread (Rolls work well too)
  • Melted salted butter
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Cheddar Cheese

How to make Toasty Bread Bowls

  • Heat the oven to 180°.
  • Cut roughly 2cm off the top of the breads and scoop out the inside leaving about a cm at the bottom.
  • Coat the bread bow shells with the melted butter.
  • Sprinkle parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese into the bowls. (This will create a virtually leak-proof inside of the bowl).
  • Pop the bowls into the oven and bake for around 10 minutes until the bread is thoroughly toasted.
  • Fill with food and serve!

Pro Tips

For added cheesy goodness, place extra cheese over the top of the dish you are serving and grill for a few minutes until the cheese is melted.

Keep the insides of the rolls and turn them into bread crumbs! Zero Wastage!