Other than making sandwiches that is. Lots of times we throw out bread that has gone stale or hard – and no matter how you look at it – it is a waste. Here are a few tips what you can use bread for, save money, time and the help your planet!
- Softening Brown Sugar – A slice of bread placed with hardened brown sugar in a plastic bag and sealed tightly will soften the sugar in about 3 hours.
- Bread Snacks – When your bread has turned almost stale, take a cookie cutter and cut the bread into shapes. Place in a plastic bag and freeze. When company arrives, top the bread pieces with fancy cheese spread and pop them under a broiler. Instant snacks that will taste great!
- Gourmet Croutons – Cut stale bread into 1/2-inch cubes. Place ona baking sheet and bake at 325F for 15 minutes, stirring around occassionally. Yoiu can sporinkle them with seasonings – like garlic or celery salt before baking,.
- Crumbs – Dry bread in an oven at 300F for about 10 minutes. Break into pieces and place in a paper bag. Secure end and crush with a rolling pin to make bread crumbs.
- Make it last – Bread will last longer if you put a stalk of celery in the bag along with the bread.
- Rejuvenate! – To restore bread to freshness, take a damp tea topwel and wrap the loaf in it. Plae in the fridge til the next day. When ready to use, remove the tea towel and warm the bread in your oven.
- Bun fix – Place your stale buns or rolls in a brown paper bag. Sprinkle teh bag liberally with water and place it in a warm oven for about 5 minutes, Watch the oven carefully – it is a paper bag!
- Crispy crackers – Kepp soda crackers in the bottom draer of the stove – the heat from the oven will keep them crisp.
- More crispy tips – Crackers, pretzels and potato chips that have lost their crunch can be revived by placing them on a cookie sheet and broiling for just a minute.
- Dusting – really? This works great! If you have an oil paiting that has collected some dust, use a slice of white bread to take the dust off – honestly!
Do you have more ideas, tips or experiences? Please add them – it will be greatly appreciated!