5 Best Uses for Your Stale Bread

Stale bread
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Most people throw away their leftover bread once it’s not fresh enough, but there’s no reason why your stale loaf should go to waste. Your old bread can be used in many creative ways, and these five are a good place to start.

Breadcrumb Topping

Breadcrumbs can be used as a topping in a long list of different recipes. If you’re a fan of crunchy toppings that add texture and depth to your dishes, turn your old bread into crumbs.

Bread Pudding

Instead of throwing away your stale bread, use it to suck up the tasty sweet custard in your bread pudding.


If you enjoy topping your salads and soups with croutons, you can easily make them on your own by using your leftover bread.

French Toast

The bread you’re using for your French toast doesn’t have to be 100% fresh. Stale bread is a perfect fit, and it will do a great job absorbing moisture from other fresh ingredients.

Panzanella Salad

Stale bread cubes are one of the main ingredients in this Italian salad, because they serve as the perfect sponge for its garlicky dressing.