As much as I try not to waste food, sometimes there are things that just didn’t get eaten. When there are, the search is on to try and figure out if there is anything I can do with them before they get thrown away.
Bread is a perfect example. We don’t eat enough to mean that, sometimes, it doesn’t go stale before it gets eaten. There are tons of ways to use up stale bread, including bread and butter pudding, a personal favourite, but today I’m looking at the simplest, making breadcrumbs.
What do you need?
Stale bread – any and every type of bread will work.
What do you do?
Leave the bread out on a counter to dry out (it usually takes a day) or dry it out in the oven on the lowest possible heat. I break my bread up so it dries out more quickly. If you leave it sliced, turn it occasionally.
Once it’s dry, whizz it through the food processor or blender and put it in the freezer, where it will last for up to three months.
If you want to add a bit of extra flavour, add salt, fresh ground black pepper or dried herbs (I don’t at this stage but do when I’m cooking).
What can you use them for?
Any recipe that calls for breadcrumbs, dry or fresh. If it asks for fresh, just add a little water and let stand for a few minutes. You can also use to coat chicken, on top of maccie cheese or gratins. They really are versatile little things.
Does it save me money
Yes, at least if you were buying the bread in the first place as it means you don’t have to buy any pre-packaged breadcrumbs from the grocery store, which would cost me at my local shop between 80p and £1.30.
I do like a bargain, and I do like feeling like I’m not been wasteful. Are you the same? What tips do you have to use up leftovers or save money?