9 fantastic recipes for using up stale bread

Welcome to day 2 of Zero Waste Week 2016!

Bread is one of the top wasted foods. In fact, the amount of bread we waste in a DAY in the UK would stretch to the top of Snowdon and back 110 times. 

I asked our Facebook Group community to share some of their favourite ways of using up stale bread. Here’s what they said:

Thicken soup

Nicky said “I put stale bread in my soup (while making it) and then blend it to make soup thicker and tastier!”


Jane makes Panzanella by combining 5 handfuls stale bread ripped into chunks, 7 tbsp olive oil, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, 6 chopped tomatoes, 3 smashed cloves garlic, salt and pepper.


Gemma makes croutons by rubbing bread with garlic gloves, then spritz with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and bake in the oven.


Stephanie turns hers into breadcrumbs. She writes “I dry slices of old bread in the oven then process into breadcrumbs which I keep in a jar. It keeps for ages and goes in/on vege burgers, cauliflower cheese, fish cakes etc.”

Savoury bread and butter pudding

Lindsay makes a savoury bread and butter pudding: Combine 2 eggs and a can of salmon. Add three slices of bread cut into chunks, 1/4 cup melted butter and 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk. Bake at 350 for 1 hour.

Here’s my version of “accidental savoury bread and butter pudding.”

French Toast

Julie makes French toast. She writes “Mix 1 egg with a bit of milk, sugar and cinnamon, let the bread sit in it until softer and throw in a pan with some butter in order to toast them on both sides.”

Revive it

Karen recommends soaking stale bread under the tap and then warming in the oven to give it the kiss of life.

Bread and butter freezer bag

Ali says “you know when the last slice gets too dry to toast? Create a “Bread and Butter Pudding Bag” in your freezer! Just add the odd slice and when you have enough, defrost it and celebrate with a delicious pudding.”

Semmelknoedel (Bread Dumplings)

Got a soft spot for dumplings? This recipe for Semmelknoedel sounds amazing!

What about you. How do you use up stale bread?

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