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Uses for Bread Heels

Uses for Bread Heels

Some people like to eat them, but most people seem to avoid them. Here are some uses for bread heels.

Bread Crumbs

I save the heels from all sandwich bread that we eat. No one in my family will eat the heels. I then grate them up really fine in a food processor or blender and freeze. They can be used to top casseroles and anywhere crushed cracker crumbs are needed such as meat loaf, ham loaf mix, etc. This is absolutely free! No more buying crackers when I can use the crushed bread crumbs instead! They will keep in the freezer for months.


By Beth

Cooking Uses

If you want, they can be saved in the freezer until you have enough to make stuffing, or chop them up, add a little milk and put them in your ground beef mixture to make a nice moist meatloaf. You can buzz them fresh in the blender, add a little butter and use as a topping for casseroles and scalloped potatoes.

I like to dry out - "melba" - leftover bread heals in the oven. I then 'buzz' them in the blender. They can be put in a zip-lock type bag and left in the cupboard. I like to use them for breading veal or pork chops for schnitzel.

By PoPo

Bread Pudding

In the south we store up bread not used to make great bread puddings. There are many great recipes on the web. I like to use John Folse's recipes.

By Bonnie G

For Birds

The birds would love a 'donation' of unwanted bread heels (if the squirrels didn't get to them first!)

By Claudia


Bread Pancakes

Here's the recipe.

  • 1 cup stale bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 4 Tablespoons melted margarine or oil.
Soak bread crumbs in water 10 minutes, add milk. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt, add to bread mixture, add beaten eggs and margarine and mix well. Bake on lightly greased hot griddle. It makes about 12 cakes.

By Suzq

Flip It Over

When you're making a substantial sandwich (something other than peanut butter and jelly) simply spread your condiment onto the "crust" side and with the "bread" side facing out. I make sandwiches like this all the time. No one ever notices that it's the heel because the "bread" side is facing out just like any other sandwich. Try it once!


By Jessica

Keeping Cookies Soft

My mom used to put 2 slices of bread in her container of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, it kept them soft. They are so good.

By Diana


My family always places a bread heel over stuffing inside turkey or chicken. The bread heel keeps the stuffing from drying out around the opening of the cavity.

By Karen


Uses for Bread Heels

Store piece of bread in brown sugar container, it will keep it fresh and also it will refresh hard brown sugar in a few hours. (01/17/2007)

By Diana1117

Uses for Bread Heels

I always eat the heels, they make great cinnamon toast. (01/22/2007)

By wichypoo

Uses for Bread Heels

We put butter on the white side of the bread and hold it in the palm of your hand and turn your hot ears of corn in the butter and BAM your ears have butter all over them. Kids love doing this. Use those corn on the cob holders for the ends so the kids don't burn themselves. (02/11/2007)


By Donna

Uses for Bread Heels

I was always told to keep the ends or heels as you go through the sliced loaf. This keeps the next regular piece fresher and then you will have two end or heel pieces that match when the loaf is gone. (02/11/2007)

By Bob C

Uses for Bread Heels

I have heard that bread is great for picking up small broken glass shards. I haven't had a opportunity to try it myself (thank goodness) but you might as well use the heel if you ever accidentally drop a glass. Wipe or mop the floor afterward, of course. (06/17/2008)

By Aaron's Mom

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