Recycle Botched Bread


Loretta SorensenIf you’re baking bread on a regular basis, every now and then it will happen: a flop!

While a failed loaf of bread falls far short of an economic catastrophe, it still makes me wince to toss one out. So, I recycle it!

The simplest use for either a failed loaf or stale bread is to dry it and use it for bread crumbs, croutons, stuffing, etc.

Generally, my unsatisfactory loaves just didn’t raise well for some reason. The healthy ingredients – organic flours, Himalayan salt, milk, sweetener, etc. – are perfectly fine to use. Just not as a slice of bread!

If you’ve checked the grocery store recently, you know the cost of bread crumbs is plenty high. This greatly elevates the value of your disappointing loaf since you can make several cups of bread crumbs from an entire loaf.

You might also consider using the loaf as it is – without drying it – as filler for dishes like meat loaf, stuffing, bread pudding, etc. Some macaroni and cheese recipes and other types of casseroles call for bread crumb topping. The dried, grated bread also makes great breading for fried foods such as fish, chicken, etc.

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