5 ways to use up leftover bread

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1. Freshen up

Put stale bread in the microwave for 10 seconds for a quick refresh.

2. Re-hydrate

Sprinkle a little water over stale bagels or pittas, and pop in the oven at 180°C for a few minutes to be delicious once more.

3. Prep packed lunches like a boss

Prepare a whole loaf-load of sandwiches for the family in one go, and freeze in individual freezer bags or containers. Trust us, it’s a huge time-saver! Most fillings can be frozen, apart from salad and tomatoes.

4. Breadcrumbs are your friend

Turn stale bread and leftover crusts into breadcrumbs by whizzing them up in a food processor. And we mean any type of bread! Bagels, rolls, or pittas work great, as well as the ends of your normal loaf.

You can use breadcrumbs as crumble toppings, stuffing, thickenings for sauces, and breaded coatings for meat, fish or vegetables by mixing the breadcrumbs with an egg. You can even freeze breadcrumbs to use them straight from frozen later.

5. Pizza is the answer

Isn’t it always?!

Pizza can be made with baguettes, ciabattas, pitta, or good old-fashioned toast… get creative! Simply slice and spread with any leftover pesto, tinned tomatoes or tomato puree, then sprinkle with grated cheese and whatever toppings you fancy from your fridge or freezer. Pop in the oven for 10 mins or under the grill until cooked through.

What else can I do?

Buy only what bread you’ll eat, store your bread in the best way to keep it fresher for longer, and enjoy eating every slice. Here’s more inspiration to help you do just that.

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