What You Can Make From Stale Bread: 5 Uses

The main rule that we must warn you about – only stale bread can be used further, but not moldy. If you see that mushroom spores or a strange white film have appeared on the baked bread, such a product is better not to touch, and safely send to the trash.

How to make stale bread soft – tips

If you want to try to soften bread, you can use several proven methods.

How to make stale bread soft in the microwave

To use the microwave as a baking reanimation tool cut a loaf of bread into 2 cm slices and lightly spritz it with water. Then put it in the microwave for a maximum of 1 minute. The second option is to pour water into a shallow container, put the bread in it, and heat it in the microwave for 1 minute. The main thing is not to overbake, otherwise, instead of a soft bun, you get dried-out bread.

How to make stale bread soft in the oven

Alternatively, you can use the oven. You won’t get the original freshness back to the baked goods, but the bread will definitely be edible.

Option 1

Preheat oven to 140-150°C, line a baking tray with parchment, and put the slices of bread on it. Drizzle with water and bake for 5 minutes.

Variation 2

Preheat the oven to 160°C, pour hot water into a container, put the slices of bread in it, and wait 1 minute. Then place it on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Preferably do not close the door all the way, so that excess moisture evaporates freely.

Stale bread – what to cook from a stale loaf

  • croutons – cut into slices, pour salt, rub garlic (optional), and bake in the oven;
  • toast – put slices of bread in a toaster and toast a little;
  • hot sandwiches or pizza – grease stale bread with a snack, put the rest of the food as desired, and bake in the microwave;
  • breading – stale bread can be shredded and used to crumble cutlets or chops;
  • scrambled eggs or omelets – stale bread can be sliced, fried in oil, and then covered with beaten eggs.

Some housewives make casseroles and desserts from stale bread, using it as one of the ingredients for the dish. You can pick one of the above options for yourself so that the money you spend on bread is not wasted.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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