Uses for Leftover Bread

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Don't throw away that slightly stale leftover bread. There are many ways to put it to use in cooking, plus some other interesting possibilities. This is a page about uses for leftover bread.


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To make bread crumbs, toast the heels of bread and chop in a blender. You can use any bread that has gotten dried out; just keep in refrigerator until you have enough bread to make something (make sure it isn't moldy).

I use it to put in my soup. Place in oven at 375 degrees F until it start to get dried out. Remove from the oven. Try them in your soup. It is delicious. This saves a lot of money, and you don't throw away food.

By mamacrafter from TN

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I always have a couple of pieces of a loaf of bread left over that are getting dried up. I cut them into 3/4 inch cubes and store them in a zip-loc bag in the freezer. If there are thick crusts on some breads, especially the bread I make in the bread maker, I cut them off before dicing them.


When I get enough I make bread pudding with milk, egg, and raisins, bread dressing/stuffing, etc. Bread cubes can be buttered and made into croutons for salads by toasting them in the oven. Put them on top of casseroles for a crunchy top or mix them into the casserole itself.

Toasted French bread makes good garlic bread or if just toasted plain can become zwieback. Toasted bread cubes can be sprinkled with seasonings and made into a snack in place of expensive chips.

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I am looking for ideas for using leftover bread, either slices or bits and pieces. I already make croutons and dry and crush as bread crumbs. What else?


By Anne-Marie Emanuelli from NM


February 11, 20110 found this helpful

I think someone asked this a while ago. I think there are a few archives about it. Anyway, you can always make bread pudding. And I think there's a recipe on here for bread soup (it's an Italian soup.)

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February 12, 20110 found this helpful

Feed the birds!

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February 12, 20110 found this helpful

You can make breakfast bread pudding as well as savoury or dessert. Or Place buttered slices over cooked vegetable or veg and meat then sprinkly cheese on top and put in oven. French toasts with egg, dry off in oven on low heat, use as melba toast Alternative uses, use bread rolled up in balls to clean off marks from wallpaper or cut into fingers to clean venetian blinds.

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February 12, 20110 found this helpful

My mother would butter it, cube it, and put it in stewed tomatoes, with a touch of sugar. She would stir it in lightly when the tomatoes were hot and bubbly. It was actually real good. You can do this with fried apples, too.


For stuffing mix, put the dried bread cubes in a big, resealable bad. Add dehydated onions and herbs, and powdered chicken or beef boullon. When you want stuffing, make it like you do Stove Top. It's better than store bought.

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February 15, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you to all responses and your suggestions as well as link to previous archives messages.

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February 15, 20110 found this helpful

I save it until I have enough for bread pudding. There are many recipes on line for this.

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February 18, 20110 found this helpful

Stale bread slices are always great for French Toast, as they are drier and soak up more of the egg mixture without falling apart.

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February 21, 2020

You can make your own seasoned bread chips easily and quickly at home. The recipe on this page uses Parmesan cheese as the main seasoning, but other choices could also be used alone or in combination with the cheese.

Bread Chips on plate with dipping sauce

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December 30, 2019

Although many of us have fond memories of feeding bread to ducks and geese, or of Grandma saving bread for the backyard birds, it is now strongly discouraged. Not only are the nutrients unsuitable for a bird's nutrition, but moldy bread can cause a host of health concerns.


It's best to feed backyard birds an approved mix birdseed and to let waterfowl find their own sources of food.

A bird with a piece of bread over it's head.

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