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Recipes Using Stale Bread

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Bread that doesn't get used right away can go stale pretty easily. Don't throw it out though, there are plenty of delicious recipe that can make good use of that stale bread. This page contains recipes using stale bread.


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By 8 found this helpful
June 13, 2011

Use up odds and ends of any kind of bread by mixing eggs, milk, vanilla, or other flavor (however you like your french toast) and then add all your bits and pieces of bread to the egg mixture. If it all falls apart, that's ok, because you will scoop it up and cook it in your waffle iron that's been heated and sprayed with a no-stick cooking spray. You'll have the easiest and best tasting waffles ever.


Source: I found a huge pack of hamburger buns that were really stale and I didn't want to throw them away. They provided us breakfast, lunch, or dinner for about a week!

By Linda from Adrian, MI

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June 14, 20110 found this helpful

I think this is a fantastic idea! But I would also like to have a better idea on the measurement of ingredients, or description of what it looks like before you cook it. Example, does it look like a thick mush,damp bread,or more liquid? Seems to me it would have to be a really thick mush consistency to cook on a waffle iron without making a mess. I'd love to make this for my family,it would be a great way to get rid of hamburger/hot dog buns!

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November 20, 20041 found this helpful

Hi, I am looking for uses for stale bread. I thought that would make a nice Brainstorm. Anne

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November 24, 20040 found this helpful

Use bread that is not as fresh anymore for a number of recipes in the kitchen. It can also be used to feed the birds and squirrels outside this winter!

By Robin

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January 2, 20050 found this helpful

I put stale bread in a double ziplock bag and put in freezer and add to it as i get more stale bread. Then when I want breadcrumbs, I take out the frozen bread and grate it up. If I want cubes for dressing, I take out what I need and cube it up. You can toast them crumbs or cubes in a low tempature oven if you want.

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January 4, 20050 found this helpful

I have found that stale bread usually can be toasted and you would never know it was stale before it popped up! Either serve as plain old toast, with jelly, cream cheese or what-have-you, or use for sandwiches. I LOVE peanut butter sandwiches on toast, because the pb gets all gooey! Tuna on toast is very good, too.

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January 4, 20050 found this helpful

I use mine for French Toast mostly. For those that don't know how to make it, crack two or three eggs in a shallow dish (pie pans work great for this) and add a little (1/4 cup) milk. (You can also use cream, half and half, yogurt, soy milk, or even water. A dash of vanilla or a little cinnamon can go in, too.) Take a fork and mix it all up so all the yokes are broken and it looks fairly mixed up.

Put a little oil or a pat of butter in a fry pan and turn the heat on to medium. When the oil or butter is heated, take a piece of bread on a fork and dip it into the egg mixture, and put in the pan immediately. Usually you can fit more than one slice in the pan but make sure they are flat and not overlapping. When it is cooked on one side, turn over.

Easy and a good way to use up the leftovers from any bread.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 7, 20050 found this helpful

I saw this idea from someone else. Bread dumplings is the perfect solution for what to do with stale bread. I keep a gallon-size, zip-type bag in the freezer where I accumulate discarded bits of bread and buns except raisin or dessert types. When it's full I make dumplings: Warm 1/2 stick butter or margarine and 1 cup milk in microwave. Crumble 1 to 2 loaves day-old French bread or 1 bag of bread ends or similar into a large bowl. Pour the butter/milk mixture over the bread (if bread is very moist use less, or more if it's dry). Let stand for one hour. Add 2 large or 3 medium eggs, kneading into bread mixture. Form into small, firm balls about the size of golf balls or slightly larger. Place in boiling water for 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite cut of meat and gravy.

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January 24, 20050 found this helpful

You can make Garlic soup, Picadillo soup, I am think stale Italian or French type.

Authenic Gazpachos all use stale bread

Also you can make a breakfast called "migas" with garlic and Chorizo. I find that the Spanish Kitchen "from Spain" Makes extensive use of Stale bread.

Hoped that helped


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April 10, 20050 found this helpful

Toast, & crush them and they are bread crumbs.

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December 23, 20060 found this helpful

French Toast in France is "pain perdu," which translates as "lost bread," since it saves bread which would otherwise be thrown out or "lost."

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November 26, 20070 found this helpful

We have used day old hot dog buns topped with ingredients to make pizza bread. We have also used day old bread topped with butter and toasted as a side to Pasta's. Toasted cheese sandwich's are ok using day old bread.

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By guest (Guest Post)
June 28, 20080 found this helpful

Garlic bread, Michael: lol

Use loaf of STALE French bread cut into slices about an inch thick. You should get about 24 after sliced. Lay out on foil and on a cookie sheet a 9 x 13in shallow pan sheet standard should fit all or most of the 24 pieces then butter or margarine or "I cant believe it's not butter" them and generously add garlic powder, a pinch of tony's seasoning, or seasoning .Sprinkle with parsley flakes for flavor and color then lightly sprinkle Worcestershire sauce on each piece. Not too much just a few drops evenly if you can.

Broil in oven just until butter melts probably about 8- 10 min, and don't overdo. Immediately and generously dust with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately with steak dinner. I try to time the bread at the end of cooking process so that it comes out of the oven when I'm plating up the steaks. Makes a great snack too!

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March 31, 20130 found this helpful

I am after some ideas of what to do with stale bread! I have heard the many traditional ones, bread crumbs, bread pudding, and toasties, but I am sure there are some fun/interesting ideas I haven't heard before. Can you help?

Many thanks.

By Anne-Marie

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April 7, 20170 found this helpful

I make croutons out of mine

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