Don’t waste that bread!

Don’t know what to do with the ends of the bread loaf that nobody likes to eat?  Do you have some bread that’s a little past it’s prime, but not moldy?  Extra rolls or bagels you don’t want to waste?  Spend a few extra minutes and save a couple bucks….make bread crumbs!

I like to make the bag nice and flat so it slides right in the freezer.

Bread Crumbs are great for topping casseroles, breading foods before baking or frying (mmm…popcorn chicken and fried pickles!), adding to meatloaf, etc., but do you really want to spend $2-3 on something you could make so easily for FREE?

1. Grab a gallon size freezer bag and start collecting that excess bread instead of throwing it away.  Keep the bag in the freezer and keep adding to it until it gets full.  You can use any kind of bread, and you get some great flavors when mix the different kinds of bread products, so don’t be afraid to throw them all in together!

2.  When you have a good amount of bread, take it out of the freezer and lay the pieces out on a baking sheet and bake at 300 for 10 minutes or so (just don’t let them burn!) to dry them out further (if desired).

3.  Throw them all into your food processor or blender and have at it!

4.  Some people prefer to spread out their bread crumbs on a baking sheet and crisp them afterwards…whatever floats your boat!

5.  Take all of your FREE bread crumbs and put them back in the freezer bag to store until you are ready to use them.  Feel free to season them now, or wait until you’re ready to use them.

February 24, 2010 in Being Frugal
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