You are what you eat & drink

Bread – The Staff of Life

Before your bread gets to this stage, there are many things you can do with it after it’s ‘best-as-bread-by-date’.

Some obvious choices are breadcrumbs and croutons (check here how).

Bread 'n' Butter Pudding

Homemade breadcrumbs are much better than the refined flour type you get from the supermarket.

But there are some less obvious ideas. Crusts can be used in an unusual way; you could make that old standby, bread ‘n’ butter pudding (photo credit & great recipe), or French toast.

You could try a savoury bread pudding with older bread as well. Recipe here.

Garlic bread on the BBQ makes the bread taste fresh again.

Pain Perdu - Lost Bread

To get a little more exotic, Pain Perdu is a great use for old bread. Recipe on Cookaloca.

Check Sustainable Echo for 12 ways to use old bread, some are already mentioned, but there are new ideas too.

Real Simple has some great recipes too.


There really isn’t any limit, you only have to use your imagination. Old bread in the kitchen can provide many meals and by using your old bread you are reducing food wastage, economising and saving the planet’s land fills.


2 responses

  1. My mom used to make a casserole (guilty – American and from the Midwest) version of Lost Bread. She would soak the bread with eggs and milk overnight and put with sausage and cheese in the morning and bake it off in the oven. Excellent brunch dish and better than a quiche (in my opinion).


    February 20, 2012 at 2:03 am

    • @Marcy, there is so much we can do to save food from being thrown out, it just takes a little imagination. Your mother’s idea is further proof that the old ways are often the better ways. I do not advocate for much of the ‘progress’ we see and have about us, we need to go back to the old ways, and that includes everything, even politics.



      February 20, 2012 at 4:16 am

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