365 ways to reuse bread
No, not really 365 ways but my idea is that with a bit of planning and a few favourite recipes up your sleeve you need never waste bread again.
I’m guilty of wasting bread myself. I don’t know about you but I’ve noticed that supermarket bread tends to grow mouldy, whereas artisan or homemade bread tends to dry out and become stale.
Our bunny likes the odd stale crust to gnaw on; I’m not sure how good it is for her, but I trust her intuition when it comes to eating.
A couple of our zero waste week participants are focusing on bread.
Derek Neimann, nature writer and editor of RSPB youth magazines wrote “I pledge to reduce the amount of bread I put in the food waste bin. There must be lots more recipes with breadcrumbs in the world!”
Chris Young from The Real Bread Campaign says “I will…Only bake or buy delicious Real Bread that I will value too much to throw away. Only bake or buy as much Real Bread as I need, but freeze any extra I have Collect stale bread recipes so i know what to do with any that does get left”
Fortunately there are plenty of ideas for using up unloved bread. You’ve got your usual suspects such as making breadcrumbs, French onion soup, croutons or bread salads but here are some other ways to turn stale crusts into something decadent and delicious.
I shared my winning recipe for banana and chocolate bread and butter pudding earlier this week.
Molly from Orangette, shared her recipe for some amazing sounding cinnamon toasts (scroll down quite a way)
Little Miss Green is always asking for dumplings and this recipe for bread dumplings (Semmelknoedel) looks just the ticket.
Emma, over in Italy runs a fantastic blog and has shared 10 favourite ways of using up old bread. You can even brush up on your Italian while you’re there as it’s written in both English and her mother tongue
So here’s my mini zero waste challenge to you. Check out your bread bin and see what’s going on in there – anything sweating, drying out or growing a green fur jacket? Choose a recipe to prevent bread waste and let me know what you’re going to do!