Make the most of your bread

Last updated: 7 April 2021
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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.

Freeze it

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.

Freeze your bread early

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.

Freeze any remaining bread

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.

Tips on using frozen bread safely

  • To defrost your bread loaf , put it in the refrigerator. Do not leave it to defrost anywhere else such as on the kitchen counter or in the sink.
  • If your loaf has been sliced, take a slice as needed. You can pop it straight into the toaster and have a sandwich ready in minutes.
  • Check for mould. Mould is toxic and can make you very sick. If the bread had harmful bacteria or other organisms before it was frozen, the freezing process would not kill them.
  • Once the bread has been thawed, it’s best not to refreeze it.

For more information, see Better Health Channel’s page on storing food safely.

Use it

The two end-pieces and the crust are just as useful as the loaf. There are so many ways to use them.

  • Turn them into breadcrumbs to add to meatballs or to add some crunch to a seafood dish.
  • Instead of buying croutons, use your leftover bread to make them at home. They make great toppings for soups and salads, and are wonderful as stuffing too.

Try these tasty recipes:

Transform it

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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:

Why it’s good to use up your bread

Saves the family’s money

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.

Helps the environment

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.