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.

Bread Crumbs

Bread Crumbs. © Erin Huffstetler

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.

Homemade Croutons

Salad with Croutons
Salad with Homemade Croutons. © Flickr user jeffreyw

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.

Bread Soups or Soup Bowls

Bread Bowl
Bread Bowl. © Flickr user rpavich

Use stale bread as an ingredient in classic soups, like Gazpacho or Italian Bread Soup. 

Have big rounds of stale bread? Use them to make bread bowls to serve your favorite soup in.


Stuffing. © Flickr user mroach

That old Thanksgiving staple, stuffing, makes excellent use of stale bread, and it's just as good as a sandwich topping, as it is served alongside turkey.


Bruschetta. © Flickr user cyclonebill

Toast slices of stale French or Italian bread, and use them to make bruschetta. It works well as an appetizer, or as a light meal.

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding
Bread Pudding. © Flickr user Opacity

Turn your stale bread into a reason to have dessert. Bread pudding is the perfect comfort food, and it's really easy to pull together. 

Freeze Your Bread

Frozen Bread. © Erin Huffstetler

Short on time? Then, pop your stale bread in the freezer, and deal with it some other time.

Tip: Know how you plan to use your bread? Go ahead and cut it to the size you'll need, so it'll be ready to go when you pull it out.

Breakfast Dishes

French Toast
French Toast. © Flickr user Martin_Cathrae

Stale bread is ideal for making French toast and breakfast stratas because it doesn't get soggy when you add all the liquids that are called for in the recipe.