5 Things To Do With Stale Bread

Filed under: Money — Savvy Housekeeper at 8:48 am on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Stale bread is one of those kitchen ingredients that can be used many ways. I never throw it out.

Here are five things to do with stale bread:

Bread Crumbs–Instead of buying them in the store, grind old bread up and store in the freezer until needed.

Make Croutons–Easy to do and great in salads.

Bread Pudding–Bread pudding may be one of the thriftiest desserts around, but it is also served in the fanciest restaurants. It all depends on how it’s made. This recipe looks good.

Make Ribollita–”A simple, earthy Tuscan soup made from whatever vegetable scraps and stale bread is on hand.” I’ve got to try this.

Make Bread SticksFrom Cooks.com:


Remove the crusts from any slices of stale, close-textured bread, and cut in strips about five inches long and one-half inch wide. Roll in melted butter and brown delicately in the oven, or fry in deep, hot fat without rolling in butter. These can be served with cheese instead of crackers.

What do you do with stale bread?


Comment by Rob

September 8, 2011 @ 5:33 pm

I feed the birds, LOL or make french toast with it. My favorite Bread pudding recipe is made with donuts, not bread. (Maybe that should be “Donut pudding?”

Comment by Savvy Housekeeper

September 9, 2011 @ 8:03 am

Rob, that sounds delicious. I have had them made out of croissants before, but not donuts.

Comment by Rob

September 13, 2011 @ 5:22 pm

The real trick is to not eat the donuts before they go stale:P I usually buy day old ones.

Comment by Pam

October 12, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

I just tried a baked French toast recipe by Alton Brown, and it was to die for. I think I’ll buy bread and let it go stale on purpose. It works best with French or Challah bread, not sandwich bread.

Here’s a link to the recipe.

Comment by Ann

October 22, 2011 @ 1:00 pm

I dry them out until very hard and then grind up in a food processor to make bread crumbs. With the crumbs I do alot.
1. I add crumbs to hamburgers, meat loaf, or meat balls.
2. I use the crumbs to make my own low sodium “shake N bake”
3. to thicken soups
4. I even found a cookie recipe on line that uses bread crumbs.

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