Zero Waste—What to Do with Stale Bread

Sep, 30, 2020

I would think that stale bread is one of the most common foods wasted in a home because who likes stale bread? Not me. Before going zero waste, I threw out lots of bread because it didn’t get eaten in time. But these days, I use creative ways to use up every slice of bread. Here are some great and easy uses for stale bread:

Croutons—Croutons are easy to make from stale bread but can elevate any salad or soup. The Pioneer Woman has a great post with lots of pictures of how to make your own croutons.

French Toast—I think this the most common way to use stale bread, so here is my vegan recipe for French toast. Here is Martha Stewart’s classic French toast recipe.

Bread Pudding—This is a dish my family eats for breakfast on Christmas day. The one I like is a vegan recipe from Jamie Oliver, but Martha Stewart has lots of vegetarian bread pudding recipes.

Bread crumbs—Since learning how darned easy it is to make breadcrumbs, I can’t believe ever bought them. First, arrange slices of bread on a cookie sheet, and toast them in a 200 degree preheated oven for about an hour. Then, place the toast in a food processor, and blend until you have fine bread crumbs. You might have to blend in batches to get it even. Store in a glass jar.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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