3 Ways to Use Leftover Bread
I am a huge fan of keeping food waste to a minimum. Throwing away food, to me, is the same as throwing away money. Because we have a tendency to have bread go bad whenever I make or purchase it I have come up with ways to keep waste down by using these 3 ways to use leftover bread.
Store-bought Vs. Homemade
Most people I know do not really even realize the differences between homemade versus commercial bread. It’s way easier to just buy a loaf of the store-brand in the cheap plastic wrap. Even when I’m buying bread, I tend to stay in the actual bakery instead of buying cheap white bread full of preservatives and other crap. I’m not even sure if that cheap plastic bag is leeching even more chemicals into the bread as it sits. Freezing in that bag is also something I’m against, as it is a permeable plastic, so it is not airtight and will more than likely result in freezer burnt bread.
So, instead of letting your bread go to waste before it molds or rots, try using it in one of these awesome ways.
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/4 cup butter
- sliced bread
Press peeled garlic through a garlic press. Put into a small, hot skillet and stir until fragrant and browned slightly. Add butter to skillet, stirring until melted. Remove from heat. With a silicone brush, brush melted garlic mixture onto your sliced bread. Arrange on a small cookie sheet or stone pan. Place under the broiler until toasted to your liking.
Turkey or Chicken Stuffing
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 3 yellow onions, diced
- 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced
- 1 head garlic, cloves, separated and crushed
- 2 tsp salt
- 7 cups 1″ cubed bread
- light chicken stock as needed to wet the bread thoroughly
- 1 bunch sage coarsely chopped
- 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
In a saute pan, melt butter, then add onions, celery, garlic, and salt. Cook over medium to low heat, stirring as needed until onions are limp but not brown (about 15 minutes). Add bread cubes. When butter has been absorbed, add the chicken stock a little at a time, until the bread is no longer dry. Add sage and parsley and cook for a few minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to stuff a turkey or chicken. May also be baked in a casserole dish in the oven at 350 degrees F, covered, for 25-35 minutes. Bake uncovered another 5 minutes to brown top.
- 8- 12 slices of bread
- 2 lb. mixed greens, such as chard, kale, chicory or spinach, trimmed and coarsely chopped
- 4- 6 cloves garlic, peeled
- olive oil
- 1/3 lb grated Parmesan
- 4 cups lightly salted hot water
Toast bread and set aside. Bring greens to a rolling boil in water to covers, and then reduce heat and cover until wilted. Rub a piece of toast with garlic and place in a serving bowl. Lightly drizzle with olive oil. Add a layer of greens and a sprinkling of parmesan. Continue until all ingredients are used, finishing with a layer of cheese. Pour the hot salted water over the bread. Break up bread with a serving spoon, stir, and serve.
I hope these recipes help you cut down on some of the wasted bread that you may have in your own home. I love finding ways to use every single thing that I can, so I can keep our household budget to a minimum.
Have your own ways of using up bread before it goes to waste? I’d love to hear your tricks and recipes in the comments below.