Bread is the number one most wasted food in Brisbane. Go against the grain and start saving money and waste from landfill with our four bread saving tips.
1. Make your own breadcrumbs
Transform stale bread and leftover crusts by whizzing them into breadcrumbs using a food processor or blender. You can use any type of bread from bagels to flatbread to sourdough.
Once blitzed, you can store them in the freezer or a zip-lock bag ready to use as crumble toppings, in stuffing, and coating for meat, fish and vegetables.
Use your breadcrumbs in the Love Food Hate Waste recipes:
2. Add some crunch with croutons
Whether they're added to soup or salad, croutons are a great way to add some crunch to your lunch or dinner and they're simple to make.
You can make croutons with any stale bread, including gluten-free bread, baguettes, flatbread, or regular sliced bread.
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and slice your bread into cube bite-sized pieces. Add them to a mixing bowl with some olive oil and season to your liking with salt, pepper, and your favourite dried herbs and spices.
Spread your croutons onto a greased baking tray and bake for 15 minutes, or until they are golden.
Add croutons to your soup or salad and store any leftovers in an airtight container or bag.
3. Beautiful bread cups
Don't let sliced bread go to waste with this easy bread cup recipe. All you need are some bread slices and a muffin tin. This is a Love Food Hate Waste special because the rest of the ingredients are up to you. Bread cups are a great way to use up ingredients and are perfect for lunch box snacks or breakfast on the go.
Start by preheating your oven to 180 degrees. Cut your bread slices into a large circle. Use a rolling pin to slightly flatten them and then press the bread into your lightly sprayed muffin tins to make a cup. Add whatever filling you like. Here are some filling ideas:
- an egg (great for breakfast)
- grated carrot
- grated cheese
- leftover dips (hummus, salsa, cottage cheese, cream cheese, mayonnaise, sweet chilli)
- leftover mashed potatoes
- spring onions
Spoon your mixture into the bread cups and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden.
4. All you knead is a microwave
Did you know you can rescue stale bread in the microwave?
Place it in your microwave for 10 seconds for a quick freshen up and use as normal.