6 Uses for Stale Bread

So, last post we talked about delicious, warm wonderful bread. What happens when you forget to put that bread in the freezer, and it turns into a brick? 

Another part of being zero waste is making sure you don't waste food. It can be easy to let something go bad or stale. But, don't fear! You have so many options. Plus it saves you money!  

number one: 

Revive it: If it's not a complete brick, run under running water and microwave for 30 seconds. It will steam creating an almost fluffy bread. 

number two: 

Crostinis: Run under running water and microwave for 30 seconds. The bread will become soft temporarily. It will give you time to slice it thinly without it breaking. Spread the pieces out without overlapping on a baking sheet. Brush the pieces with olive oil, and bake at 400 for roughly 5 minutes. They will keep in the pantry for a couple of weeks. They're perfect for dips, spreads, and deconstructed sandwiches. 

number three:

Croutons: This will elevate your salad. Run the stale loaf under running water and microwave for 30 seconds. Cut it into small cubes. Brush the pieces with olive oil, and bake at 400 for roughly 5 minutes. They will keep in the pantry for a couple of weeks. And, they're way better than the stuff you get in a bag at the grocery store. 

number four: 

Stuffing: Run the stale loaf under running water and microwave for 30 seconds. (Are you seeing a pattern?) You'll want to rip it into large chunks. Melt 1/2 a stick of butter over medium heat. Add 1/2 a cup onions and sauté until 2-3 minutes or until soft. Add sage and thyme. Pour over 8 cups of stale bread and bake 40 minutes at 375. 

number five:

Breakfast Casserole: Run the stale loaf under running water and microwave for 30 seconds. Rip into large chunks and place at the bottom of an 8' x 8' glass pan. Whisk half a dozen eggs with 1/2 a cup of milk. You can throw in any toppings you like cheese, sausage, onions, or veggies. Bake at 350 for an hour. The casserole should be firm. 

number six:

French Toast: This is one of my favorites! Run the stale loaf under running water and microwave for 30 seconds. Rip into large chunks and place in a mason jar. Whisk 2 eggs and 3/4 a cup of milk and 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Pour into the mason jar and let sit overnight or several nights. Pour onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 for 20 minutes. I always use the toaster oven at work, and then I sprinkle with lots of cinnamon sugar! 

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This is me at work, chowin' on some delicious french toast! It's warm and crusty and sweet and a perfect way to start the day. 

This is me at work, chowin' on some delicious french toast! It's warm and crusty and sweet and a perfect way to start the day. 

What's your favorite use for stale bread?