Chef’s tip: what to do with stale bread?

You love bread, but you always buy too much and forget it? Don’t worry, it happens to everyone. If you don’t know what to do with your stale bread, bring it back to life by improvising a thousand and one recipes!

There you go, you’ve bought too much bread again and now it’s inedible. What do you mean, inedible? Nay, at the site’s editorial office they tell you what to do so as not to spoil the bread from your favourite bakery. You’ll be surprised how many fantastic things you can do with hard bread!

Hard bread… for my breadcrumbs

What, are you still buying your breadcrumbs? Don’t bother with it anymore and use your old bread to make it yourself. All you have to do is cut it into small pieces and add herbs if you like. You put it all in a blender, if you don’t have one, a mortar and pestle should do the trick!

With this breadcrumbs, you can make breaded recipes, such as breaded fish, nuggets, cordon bleu, croquettes, breaded cheese, in short, there are a thousand and one ideas. And that’s not all, with this breadcrumbs you can also make gratinated dishes. It’s even better with seafood recipes. The last idea is to think of yourself as a great Italian cook and make a crispy sauce for your pasta. This is called “pangrattato”. You finely recall slices of hard bread, fry them in olive oil and add garlic, chilli, thyme leaves and even anchovies (it’s not mandatory). It is ready in 5 minutes. Magic!

The crouton of my baguette… to make homemade croutons.

Making croutons is really no big deal! You cut them into small cubes, fry them in a pan with a little garlic and put them in the oven at 200°C for 5 minutes.

My farmhouse bread… to make sandwiches and welshs…

Making toast with farmhouse bread is too easy. You can also make them with baguette, but country bread is still number 1. You can make an infinite number of different recipes. We like toast with a drizzle of olive oil, sliced tomatoes, a piece of goat’s cheese and, for the gourmands: a drizzle of honey.

You can also play chti and prepare a welsh. Ideal for winter, the welsh is a dish made with beer, cheese, ham and bread.

The crumb of my baguette… to make dumplings…

With chopsticks, you can do a lot of things, including stuffing and dumplings. The stale bread crumb makes the meat and stuffing stick together more easily. Dumplings will not come apart. And frankly, who doesn’t like good meatballs with tomato sauce? Yummy!

My hard bread… to make soup…

Do you know the panade? It’s a kind of soup made from stale bread, water, milk, salt, butter and egg yolk. If you’re not a fan, there’s also pancotto made with stale bread, tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese. You can also put some in cold tomato soup, breadcrumbs and olive oil. This is called “salmorejo”.

Dry bread… to make French toast…

French toast is the best way to put all the children around you in your pocket for a snack or breakfast. You’ll see, they’ll love you. All you need is bread, spices, milk, beaten eggs and sugar. A treat!

My leftover bread… to make pudding…

Yes, we play British at the site! To make pudding, nothing too complicated. Just mix 500g of dry bread and soak it in 1L of boiling milk. Add 4 beaten eggs and 300g of sugar of your choice. You just have to taste it.

Bread, yes, but meatloaf

If you have bread AND meat left, then all you have to do is make meatloaf. You can also make it with fish such as salmon, for example.

Now you have no excuse not to keep your bread hard and recycle it. Forget about the ducks in the park next door. For one, because the poor ducks digest it very badly (and yes, we know, our world has also collapsed) and because there are really plenty of recipes to decline it.