August 26, 2007

Save those bread heels and day old bread!

In our family the last 2 slices of bread rarely get eaten (ate?) unless it's my husband. I have never forced the kids to eat them because I never liked them either. The only way I ever serve them is to make grilled cheese where it doesn't matter.

However! They do not get thrown out. Even if we have 3 or 4 slices of bread left in the package and I know it probably won't get ate in a couple days I break it into pieces on a bread sheet and stick it in the oven where I forget about it for a couple days. In this time it usually dries out. In the summer if there is high humidity I sometimes leave the bread in the oven after I've baked another food product so the leftover heat will dry it out.

Then? Pop it into a freezer bag and place it in the freezer.

Now it can be ground up in the food processor or blender for instant bread crumbs when breading chicken or pork for dinner, as a topping for a side dish vegetable or casserole or left in cubes you are on your way to being prepared for Thanksgiving Day stuffing without having to buy anything!

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