Zero Waste Week 2013 – day two; bread

leftover bread recipes - zero waste week 2013Welcome to day 2 of zero waste week 2013.

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Today we’re talking about bread waste and will be talking about leftover bread recipes. Bread is one of the nation’s favourite foods, yet we waste so much of it.

We waste the equivalent of around 37 million slices of bread every day!

So today I want you to think about how you are storing your bread. It’s not actually designed to last very long and perhaps we expect too much from our loaves.

If you store it in the fridge it tends to dry out, but it’s fine if you only eat toast.

You can store it in the freezer if you’re good at remembering to take out the amount you might need a few hours before you want it!

The best way to store bread is in a crock pot which allows the bread to breathe, but not everyone has room for one in their kitchen.

Leftover bread recipes

So it’s good to have some favourite bread recipes on standby for those “Use it up!” moments. There are many recipes where stale bread is perfectly good as an ingredient.

  • How about bread and butter pudding which can be made sweet or savoury?
  • You can make breadcrumbs which can be frozen for later use in cooking.
  • Stale bread is the basis for a classic Italian salad and croutons make a great addition to salads and soups.

The challenge for day 2 of zero waste week is to go through your fridge and eliminate the unusable food. Let’s start with a clean slate – ditch the guilt and don the rubber gloves; it’s time to have a clear out!

Tell me; how do you keep bread fresh and have you wasted any food today?

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Rachelle Strauss

1 Comment

  1. Eco Thrifty Living on September 4, 2013 at 5:53 am

    I usually store bread in a cupboard and it lasts ok. If it is approaching the use by date I put it in the fridge and use it to make toast. I also freeze bread and use it to make sandwiches for packed lunches. It means I can buy/ make bread with less preservatives and make it last longer.

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