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10 Plus ideas for using up bread crusts – the bane of my kitchen waste #zerowasteweek

10 Plus ideas for using up bread crusts – the bane of my kitchen waste #zerowasteweek


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In our home I feel as though I loose half a loaf in uneaten bread crusts (I may have mentioned before that my children are fussy eaters). I inwardly groan when I open their lunch boxes and see the wasted bread crusts. Back at school this week we have agreed different breads so fingers crossed I will have no crusts! But I appreciate bread crusts are a common issue. So what to do with them?? Personally I cut them off and freeze them (cereal box liners are perfect for freezing them in).

10 plus ideas for using up bread crusts

Cheese pudding…..pour over a mix of eggs, milk, grated cheese….you can add fried onion, cooked chopped leeks, or bacon or ham!…bake in oven 180. until risen and golden. Delicious!

Fat cake for the birds

Crumble up the crusts with teeny bits of cheese – makes a nice topping for cobbler sand pasta dishes

Bread pudding, my husband loves Delia Smiths recipe

Croutons ….. Toss in oil and salt and pepper, add any other herbs etc and spread onto a baking sheet. Cook in low oven until brown and crunchy then put in an sealed jar good for soup and salads

Farmer’s Breakfast, a German dish normally using potatoes but you can use the bread in lieu of taters – recipe here

Apple dessert – Danish dish, recipe here

Panzanella  a tomato and bread salad – recipe here

Topping for fish pie when mixed with grated cheese and parsley – instead of mash.

Apple Brown Betty , a traditional American desert – try this recipe

Bread crumbs, can be used in the following:-

To make mince go further,

Thicken soups or casserole sauces

Carrot burgers, recipe on the love food hate waste web site


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I would love to hear what you make with left over bread,




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Matthew Bull

Sunday 11th of September 2016

These ideas would make me leave bread crusts intentionally. Something I've never done. lol


Thursday 8th of September 2016

We used to always throw the ends of the bread in a brown paper bag to let them dry out and then made what we called dressing with them. Just add in some egg, sage, salt, pepper, chicken broth, canned oysters if you like them, and bake. I don't know why you couldn't throw in the bread crusts as well.


Friday 9th of September 2016

I have never heard of dressing - sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing:)

Rachelle Strauss

Wednesday 7th of September 2016

Such brilliant ideas, Vicky - thank you. I love how you've taken us outside the box of the usual croutons and breadcrumbs. Some of these are completely new to me and I can't wait to check them out!


Friday 9th of September 2016

Glad I was able to find some alternatives to share with you:)


Tuesday 6th of September 2016

Bread disappears from the table as long as it is soft and fresh, after that it isn't that popular anymore and someone starts new bread etc. Result? Few bags on the table with few bread slices inside that no one will eat. I usually make warm sandwiches out of those (like small pizzas just using butter instead of tomato sauce; butter, any topping you wish and cheese), works for rye bread too. If there is enough toast breads (light, wheat flour bread) left I mix milk, eggs and some salt, dip the bread in and cook it on pan. Add jam, sugar, whipped cream on top and you have great snack!

Also, bread crumbs are always needed and I try to do those rather than buy from the shop. They won't cost that much of course but any saved money is saved money.


Friday 9th of September 2016

ooh I love eggy bread - almost breakfast time as i type, yummy:)

Jan @ Handcrafted by Picto

Tuesday 6th of September 2016

I'm lucky that I don't have must waste but if I have bread over I generally do the bread or bread and butter pudding with lots of fruit and cinnamon. Funny enough I've never thought of doing breadcrumbs and freezing them, I'll have to do that. I like breadcrumbs as a topper for fish :)


Friday 9th of September 2016

Bread and butter pudding is my husbands favourite. Freezes well in portions too as a cake like item:)

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