Uses for Stale Bread
Stale bread may not make the best sandwich, but there's still plenty that you can do with it. Check out the following recipes, and you might just be tempted to leave the bread out on purpose.
Save yourself a few bucks by turning stale bread into bread crumbs. Just cube your bread; toss it on a cookie sheet; and dry it out in a 300 degree oven, until it feels really dry and crunchy (usually around 10-15 minutes). Then, pulse the bread in a food processor until you reach your desired consistency. Allow your bread crumbs to cool completely; then, store them in an air-tight container in your pantry. They'll keep for several months.
To make Panko bread crumbs, simply pulse the bread for less time, so you're left with bigger crumbs. To make Itailian bread crumbs, just add some Italian seasoning to the food processor before you pulse. Use your homemade bread crumbs in all of you favorite recipes.
Transform your stale bread into homemade croutons to top your salads. They're a cinch to make. Just cube your bread; toss it with a small amount of vegetable oil and your choice of seasonings; and pop them in a 300 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, or until they're nice and crispy. Then, allow them to cool, and store them in an air-tight container. They'll keep for months, so go ahead and make a big batch.
Tip: Your bread cubes will shrink some in the oven, so cut them a bit bigger than you want your finished croutons to be.