Don’t throw your stale bread in the bin…
I always try my best to use up my stale bread in as many creative ways as possible. I know that stale bread might not sound like the most appetizing ingredient but I’m sure that these 5 ways to use up your stale bread at home will show you how versatile it is! The most important thing for me is that finding a use for these ingredients reduces waste and transformed something a little bit sad into something special.
One of the easiest ways to use stale bread is to make breadcrumbs. Simply tear it up and leave to dry. Blend in a food processor and use straight away or freeze for later use. Fine ground breadcrumbs are ideal to coat meat and veggies for deep frying or oven baking.
Use Stale Bread in your Meat Mixtures
Stale bread can be added to meats such as, meatballs, meatloaf and stuffings. You can add them to the mixtures to bulk out and add flavour as well as acting as a good binding agent. You will find that adding bread will also bring an overall lightness to the meat once cooked. If you soak the bread in milk or water beforehand it will incorporate into the mixture much more easily.
Making your own croutons will takes things to a whole new level. Three main variations on the crouton are the cube, the slice or the good old chunk! Which ever you choose, the same techniques will apply to how you turn some slightly sad looking old bread into glorious, golden pieces of toasted crouton. Toss your bread pieces in melted butter or olive oil and spread out onto a baking tray. Toast in the oven until golden brown or you can even sauté them in a sauté pan. If you would like to step it up a notch you can add seasoning/herbs and spices. Croutons are the perfect way to bring extra crunch to soups and salads.
Use Stale Bread in your Homemade Bread Salads
Or Panzanella is a Tuscan chopped salad of stale bread and tomatoes. Stale bread is the ideal sponge to soak up all of that tasty tomato juice and dressing. A perfect salad for the summer.
Pasta Bake Toppings
Fresh breadcrumbs make a next level topping to your pasta bake or mac and cheese. You can mix herbs and garlic, nuts and seeds or give it a grating of parmesan. It is entirely up to you, this is the perfect way for you to get creative.
I hope you enjoyed my 5 ways to use your stale bread at home and it has showed you how versatile this ingredient can be.