Hi. I have been searching for uses of stale bread for a couple of years. We make homemade bread around here, and it only lasts three days. After that I put it in the freezer for other uses.
The most recent use that I found is making Zwieback Toast. It is a breakfast we used to eat in Germany. It is served with sugar and warm milk and eaten like cereal. To make it, you bake your leftover bread slices in a moderately hot oven (325 maybe) for about an hour.
Make croutons by baking bread cubes that have butter, garlic and spices at 300 for ten mins. Then flipping and baking ten mins longer.
Use them for breadcrumbs in dressing.
Coat meat with the breadcrumbs.
If anybody has other uses, I would love to hear them.
Michelle, what an interesting article about the ducks and fish! I hope you enjoy it. It sounds like fun! Thank you, Katrina, for the idea about bread pudding. We loved it! Also, it uses up a lot of bread. That is perfect. Thank you both. You are right about the bread lasting a couple of days more in the refrigerator. I find it dries it out, but it is still good for toast or grilled cheese. -Cassie
I save up all my ends of the bread loafs and left over buns, etc. in a large plastic container - the kind you get an enormous amount of cheese balls in. First, I either put the bread in the dehydrator or, I place in a glass dish covered by a cloth (so dust doesn't get in) and let it dry naturally. Then I store in the plastic container. When it gets full, I run it all through my food processor and store in canning jars, small plastic containers, or vacuum seal it. It works great for meatloaf, or breading for chicken, pork chops, or whatever else you might find the need for dried bread crumbs. You never have to buy the store bought stuff and you aren't wasting your crusts from your bread loaves!