New Uses for Stale Bread

There always seems to be a half loaf of stale bread pushed back into the far reaches of our refrigerator. While the wheat bread we buy tends to last an incredibly long time without going stale, it does eventually get stale and tossed out to the birds. Here are two ideas to give new life to that stale bread, just don’t use hard bread or any bread that is starting to mold.

Make fresh breadcrumbs. Take stale bread and give it a whir in a food processor. After the bread is turned to crumbs, add herbs or spices such as dried parsley, oregano, and basil, or grated cheese such as Parmesan. Freeze in one-cup servings in freezer bags.

Make croûtons. Cut bread into one-inch cubes. Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and a pinch each of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Spread on cookie sheet and bake at 350, turning occasionally, until toasted. Store tightly sealed, or freeze in freezer bags.