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We love our sandwiches, toast and rolls – we simply love bread. That’s why we buy so much of it in Victoria.
Unfortunately we also waste a lot of it. For every loaf baked, half a loaf is thrown away. That’s one reason why bread is one of our most wasted food items at home.
The thing is, we do not need to throw away any of it. There are many great ways to use up stale bread and avoid leftovers. Remember these three tips: freeze it, use it or transform it.
So make the most of your bread, enjoy yummy food and save money today.
Not sure you will use all your bread? Freeze it now and enjoy it later.
Freezing your bread allows you to store it for much longer, and you will be able to use it up in many different ways.
1. When you get a new loaf of bread, consider freezing some or all to use later .
Tip: Slice your bread before freezing. This way, you only take out and use what you need each time.
2. Seal that in an airtight bag or container. This keeps the bread from drying out.
3. Label it so you know when to use it by.
4. Put it in the freezer. Make sure that the temperature is at minus 18 degrees Celsius.
You can freeze bread at any time up until its best before date. When it’s time to freeze what you have not used yet, just follow the steps above.
For more information, see Better Health Channel’s page on storing food safely.
Bread is a flexible ingredient that can be used in so many different ways, from sandwiches through to bruschetta and toast.
Getting creative with your toasties and toast toppers is a great way to use your bread along with other leftovers in your fridge.
The two end-pieces and the crust are also just as useful as the loaf. There are so many ways to use them.
Try these tasty recipes:
Whether your bread is fresh, stale or just left over, there are many creative ways to transform it into meals that look and taste different!
For instance, you can use breadcrumbs for crumbed meat or to make a thicker, heartier soup. Or you can turn stale bread into croutons for a crunchy salad.
Check out these recipes:
Making full use of the loaf means we’re literally making full use of our money.
Also, if you transform your bread into a meal, it means you do not have to buy ingredients that use bread, for example breadcrumbs.
Not wasting bread is one easy action you can do at home, in your own time and own way, to reduce carbon emissions and the waste of other resources that went into producing bread.