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Zero Waste—What to Do with Stale Bread

By Fredrica Syren:

I would think that stale bread is one of the most common foods wasted in a home because who likes stale bread? Not me. Before going zero waste, I threw out lots of bread because it didn’t get eaten in time. But these days, I use creative ways to use up every slice of bread. Here are some great and easy uses for stale bread:

Croutons—Croutons are easy to make from stale bread but can elevate any salad or soup. The Pioneer Woman has a great post with lots of pictures of how to make your own croutons.

French Toast—I think this the most common way to use stale bread, so here is my vegan recipe for French toast. Here is Martha Stewart’s classic French toast recipe.

Bread Pudding—This is a dish my family eats for breakfast on Christmas day. The one I like is a vegan recipe from Jamie Oliver, but Martha Stewart has lots of vegetarian bread pudding recipes.

Bread crumbs—Since learning how darned easy it is to make breadcrumbs, I can’t believe ever bought them. First, arrange slices of bread on a cookie sheet, and toast them in a 200 degree preheated oven for about an hour. Then, place the toast in a food processor, and blend until you have fine bread crumbs. You might have to blend in batches to get it even. Store in a glass jar.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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