Thrifty tips for using the ends of bread

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Thrifty tips for using the ends of bread
Posted by by Queenofthehivemomof5 on Quick Tip
Sometimes the loaves of the ends of bread won’t get used for toast and sandwiches. But don’t toss them instead here are a few frugal tips to get them used up.

* Bread crumbs - Toss them in a freezer bag and store in the freezer. Once you have a bag full of ends saved up. Spread the slices of bread in a single layer on a baking sheet and dry in a low temperature oven (250 degrees) for an hour or so until the bread is dry and crisp yet not toasted. Whirl the dried bread in a food processor or blender and store bread crumbs in a air tight container. Use in recipes that call for bread crumbs such as meatloaf.
* Feed the birds - Again save your bread loaf ends in a freezer bag in the freezer. Once you have a bag full find a local park or pond and feed the ducks, pigeons, or other local birds. This is a fun frugal activity to do with your children.
* Bread pudding - Bread pudding originated as a frugal recipe to use leftover stale bread. With a few basic ingredients like stale bread, eggs, milk, and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg you can make a simply hearty dessert.
* Croutons - Save bread ends in a bag in the freezer till you have a bagful. Then thaw bread, cut into cubes, toss in olive oil or melted butter. Season with your favorite seasonings such as garlic salt, oregano, thyme, or whatever peaks your fancy. Spread cubes of seasoned bread onto a baking sheet and toast in an 350 degree oven for 30-40 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent burning and even toasting. Store cooled croutons in a air tight container or bag.


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