We are guilty of this every day. We throw out old bread without a second thought. There are so many useful things you can do with stale bread. Toast Ale cleverly makes beer out of stale bread. They will gladly take it off your hands. It’s their main ingredient.
According to Toast Ale, we waste almost 900 000 tonnes of the stuff a year, or about 24 million slices every day. In terms of calories, that’s enough to pull 26 million people out of malnutrition. Half of this is wasted in our homes.
And that’s just in the UK. Globally we are wasting so much bread. It’s a shame.
Here is a list of 17 things you can do with stale bread.
- French Onion Soup
- Easy Soufflé/Quiche
- Meat Loaf
- Cinnamon Toasts
- Bisques and Bread Soups
- Bread Salads
- Bread Pudding
- GrilledCheese Sandwiches
- Open Faced Sandwiches/Bruschetta
- French Toast
- Potato/Rice Substitute
- Bread Dumplings
- Bird Food
Fun Fact: Napoleon gave a common bread its name when he demanded a loaf of dark rye bread for his horse during the Prussian campaign. “Pain pour Nicole,” he ordered, which meant “Bread for Nicole,” his horse. To Germanic ears, the request sounded like “pumpernickel,” which is the term we use today for this traditional loaf.