4 Things To Do With Stale Bread

I hate to waste food, as I’m sure you know by now. If I bake a huge amount of bread, I give it away. I use what I can in the kitchen, then things go to the freezer, or maybe it’ll go to the rabbit, the worms or the chooks.

We don’t waste bread, so this here is 4 ways for you to use up every skerrick of stale bread so that nothing goes to waste.

Bread and Butter Pudding.

I love baking sourdough and as you know I bake a lot of it. But the loaves only stay delicious and fresh for a couple of days and then they pretty stale and really only good for toast. Or delicious bread and butter pudding!


Chop your bread into small cubes. Heat about 1 cm of canola oil in the base of a fry pan, place bread in and allow to brown. Turn, cooking until all sides are browned and crispy. Enjoy atop a salad or soup.

Toasted Dippers

This idea is one from the lovely Celia at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial.

Cut your left over bread into between 5mm-1cm fingers, place on oven tray with a good plug of olive oil and some sea salt. Place in oven at 100℃ for 3 hours until delicious and crispy. Serve with your favourite homemade dip.

Homemade Bread Crumbs

bread crumbs

We save all the butts of our bread in a bag in the freezer. When it gets full I pull the bag out, lay all the pieces in a large oven tray and let them defrost. Once defrosted tear the bread into small chunks and place in a 100℃ oven for 2-3 hours or until dry and crispy. Then simple chuck all the chunks into a good quality food processor. Once it’s gone through the food processor, pour into a sieve over a bowl and separate the fine bread crumbs from the bigger chunks. Keep processing until all the chunks are now bread crumbs. Use bread crumbs to crumb mussels, make veggie patties or asian meatballs.

What’s you’re favourite way to use up stale bread?



4 thoughts on “4 Things To Do With Stale Bread

  1. Heat oven to 150 Fanbake. Soften 250g butter, don’t melt it – mix in 3 teaspoons chicken stock powder, 1 tsp curry powder and 3 Tblsp’s sesame seeds. Spread/butter bread and cut into fingers, place baking paper on oven tray and place the fingers on the tray. Bake for 10 mins until they turn golden brown, give them a mixup on the tray as they need to dry out and be crisp.
    Perfect as a snack with soup or on their own.

  2. Thanks Clare – some good ideas here because I’ve never got beyond Bread and Butter Pud and I think I have a hundred different ways of making it. Whatever I have hanging around, it goes in with whatever bread is hanging around.
    Will certainly try freezing some crumbs and adding it to veggie patties and meatballs, especially sour bread which will give extra flavour + nutrition.

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