6 Ways to Save Money - Rescue Your Stale Bread

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If you are looking for ways to save money, what better place to start than by looking in your bread box. If you're like many people, you may not always eat all of your bread before it starts to gets dried-out or stale. This need not be a problem though. Here are 6 things you can do to save your stale bread from being thrown away, and you will save money too.

1) Bring Your Dried-Out Bread Back to Life. Don't throw the dry bread away - it can be saved! Just dip the dried-out bread in some water, put it in a warm oven that's about 200 degrees for a few minutes. Be sure to do this when you're already using the oven for something else though, or you won't really be saving any money. You'll know the bread is done when you see the outside turn crisp. The inside will be soft. You'll probably want to eat the bread when it's hot -it will be yummy with a little butter and jam.

2) Another way to use your stale bread is to make breadcrumbs - a great way to stretch your meats and add flavor. Breadcrumbs are perfect for making meatloaf, burgers, meatballs, and vegetarian dishes. Freeze what you don't use in an airtight container or freezer bag.

3) Make Croutons. Rescue your dry bread from going down the garbage disposal by making croutons. Wheat and white bread, bagels, English muffins and just about any other bread will work. Cut bread into 1 inch cubes, toss with seasonings and oil in a bowl, bake on a cookie sheet at 325 degrees until crisp. Use immediately on salads, soups, or in recipes. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container.

4) Feed the birds. Your dried bread crumbs are perfect for feeding the neighborhood birds, and is a sure way to attract many fine-feathered friends to your bird feeder.

5) Make bread pudding. Leftover bread is perfect for bread puddings. Look online or at your favorite bookstore for great bread pudding recipes.

6) Make French Toast. Yes believe it or not stale bread makes terrific French toast because it will easily soak up the egg mixture. In fact French toast was created as a way to use bread that had become stale and dry.

As you can see you need not throw away your dry, stale bread anymore. Reducing waste can help you stretch your budget and save you money when your finances are tight.

Jesse Whitehead lives in the Central Valley of California where he enjoys writing articles on a variety of different subjects. His latest interest is in Fluke Clamp Meters. Come visit his latest website at http://FlukeDigitalMultimeter.org which provides more information about Fluke products.

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