What can you do with expired white bread?

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      Melissa Burnell

      Expired white bread can be repurposed in various ways. Make breadcrumbs for coating, croutons for salads, or bread pudding for a sweet treat. Don’t let it go to waste!

      New Uses for Old Bread

      If you have expired white bread that is no longer suitable for eating as is, there are several creative ways to repurpose it. Here are some ideas:

      1. Bread crumbs: Process the bread in a food processor or grate it to make homemade bread crumbs. Store them in an airtight container and use them as a coating for fried foods or as a topping for casseroles and baked dishes.
      2. Croutons: Cut the bread into small cubes, toss them with olive oil, herbs, and spices, and bake until crispy. These homemade croutons can be used in salads or as a crunchy topping for soups.
      3. Bread pudding: Transform stale bread into a delicious dessert by making bread pudding. Tear the bread into pieces, soak them in a mixture of milk, eggs, sugar, and flavorings, then bake until set. You can add fruits, nuts, or spices for extra flavor.
      4. French toast: Make a tasty breakfast or brunch by using stale bread to prepare French toast. Soak the slices in a mixture of beaten eggs, milk, and cinnamon, then cook them on a griddle or skillet until golden brown. Serve with syrup, fruit, or powdered sugar.
      5. Bread crumbs stuffing: Use the bread to make a flavorful stuffing for poultry, such as chicken or turkey. Combine the bread with sautéed onions, celery, herbs, and seasonings, and use it to stuff the bird before roasting.
      6. Panzanella salad: Create a refreshing Italian panzanella salad by tossing chunks of stale bread with ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, fresh herbs, and a vinaigrette dressing. The bread will absorb the flavors and add texture to the salad.
      7. Bread-based casseroles: Use stale bread as a base for casseroles like strata or bread pudding casserole. Combine it with ingredients such as cheese, vegetables, meats, and eggs to create a satisfying and flavorful dish.
      8. Bread crusts for meatballs or meatloaf: Grind the crusts of the bread in a food processor and use them as a binding agent in meatballs or meatloaf instead of breadcrumbs. It adds moisture and helps hold the mixture together.

      Remember to inspect the bread for any signs of mold or spoilage before using it in these ways. If the bread is severely moldy or has an unpleasant odor, it’s best to discard it.

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