Whether you have leftover bread or find a great deal on day old bread, there are several ways to use up leftover bread. By finding ways to use up leftover bread, you will be able to save money on your grocery expenses.
Fresh baked bread typically goes stale faster than store-bought bread since it doesn’t have preservatives. Bread is one of the many things that tastes best when it is fresh and warm out of the oven. With the modern bread machines available on the market, it is fairly easy and cost effective to bake fresh bread regularly.
Although fresh bread is best for sandwiches, you can use older bread for toast, French toast and grilled cheese sandwiches. You can even use day old buns for French toast.
Stale bread can also be used to make homemade croutons and bread crumbs. This is one way to save money by using bread that would likely otherwise be thrown away. To make homemade croutons, cut the bread into cubes, coat with oil and sprinkle with seasonings. Then bake in a low temperature oven until they are crispy. You can make bread crumbs by letting bread slices lay out of the bag until they harden, then make into crumbs in either a blender or food processor. Bread crumbs or crumbled bread soaked in milk are often added to meat loaf or meatballs to add weight to them and save money by not having to use as much meat. Bread crumbs can be mixed with seasoning to make your own “Shake N Bake.” They can also be used as coating for onion rings and other fried foods. Homemade croutons can be used to top lettuce salad. This is a great way to use the ends of the bread loaves that are not usually used. Once they are chopped or ground up, you cannot tell the difference. Most people prefer not to use the ends of loaves for sandwiches and some other uses unless it is all they have available.
Stale bread is also an important part of making stuffing. This is one of the cases that stale bread is preferred to fresh. Using stale bread reduces the amount of stuffing mix you need to purchase, which also saves you money.
You can also use leftover bread to make soufflés, quiche and bread pudding. This is a great way to stretch your grocery budget by using low cost ingredients and stale bread to make a fulfilling meal.
There are cooking websites online that allow you to enter ingredients you have on hand and they will list applicable recipes.
Crusty bread is tasty in meals such as bruschetta with tomatoes and to top French onion soup. You can also spread pieces of bread with butter and sprinkle with garlic and bake or broil to make garlic bread. The same can be done with cheese or flavored butter.
Finding ways to use up leftover bread instead of throwing it away is one way to save on your grocery bill.