Do you have a loaf of bread that’s been sitting in your cupboard for a while and you don’t know what to do with it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! In this blog post, we will be sharing recipes that use old bread. Not only will you be able to use up your stale bread, but you’ll also get to eat delicious food! Who doesn’t love that? So without further ado, let’s get started!
Is It Safe to Eat Old Bread?
Old bread can just be very dry and stale, but it also can be damp and moldy. Can I eat moldy bread? The short answer is no, you should not eat moldy bread. The long answer is a little more complicated. Mold can produce harmful toxins that can make you sick. If a slice of bread has even a small amount of mold on it, it’s best to discard it.
Is stale bread safe to eat? Stale or dry bread is possible if it isn’t properly sealed and kept. As long as there’s no mold, old bread can still be eaten — but it won’t taste as nice as fresh bread.
What Happens if You Eat Expired Bread without Mold?
You may consume bread that has reached its expiration date as long as it is free of mould. If the loaf hasn’t gone moldy, you can consume it and be fine; however, this will depend on how stale or dry it became. Over time before storage began, stale bread could make some people sicker than they would have been had their ingested raw fresh ingredients instead of cooked ones.
Ways to Consume Old Bread
There are plenty of ways to enjoy old bread:
- Make breadcrumbs out of it.
- Make croutons or toasts.
- Turn it into French toast, stuffing, bread pudding, or a savory dish like this Strata with Sausage, Broccoli & Swiss Cheese.
- Use old bread to make soft pretzels.
Breadcrumbs are handy to have around the house, you can put them on top of casseroles or pasta dishes. You can either make them from a fresh loaf or old stale bread. It doesn’t take much effort to produce, all you need is an oven, baking sheet, and some time.
Toasts from Old Bread
Toast is a classic way to enjoy old bread. All you need is an oven, toaster, or even a stovetop.
– Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
– Cut the bread into thin slices, about ½ inch thick.
– Spread the slices out on a baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until toasted.
– Alternatively, you can place the slices in a toaster and toast them that way.
– Serve with butter, jam, or your favorite topping.
Bread Pudding Recipe
– ½ stale bread, cubed or torn into small pieces
– about ¾ cup of any type of milk
– ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
– ⅓ cup sugar
– ⅛ teaspoon salt
– one egg, beaten
– two tablespoons butter, melted
Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a baking dish.
In a large bowl, combine bread cubes, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, salt and egg. Mix well and pour into prepared baking dish. Drizzle melted butter over the top of bread pudding.
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven or until golden brown.
More Complicated Eecipes from Old Bread
You can also try to cook more complicated recipes such as French Onion Soup or Fondue.
French Onion Soup
French onion soup is a favorite among many people. It’s easy to make, but you need the right ingredients for it!
You can use old bread in this recipe- just throw some slices into boiling water and let them cook up until they’re soft enough then mix together with other ingredients like milk or half & half (or even whole cream if desired!). The end result will be one tasty bowlful that hits all your senses – especially when eaten alongside some crunchy garlic bread too.
Fondue has been enjoyed since medieval times across Europe; today we serve it at restaurants everywhere as an option on its own or paired with vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or bell peppers. It’s simple to make at home – all you need is a fondue pot and some old bread. Cube up the old bread into small pieces, then submerge them in the hot cheese mixture until they’re coated and happy. Dip away!
There are many different recipes that you can make with old bread. Whether you want to make something simple like toast or croutons, or something more complicated like a French onion soup, there’s a recipe for you. So don’t throw out that stale bread, put it to good use in the kitchen!